Darron Gibson scored twice as United booked their place in the semi finals of the Carling Cup with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Tottenham.
The Republic of Ireland international put the disappointment of failing to qualify for the World Cup behind him with two fantastic first-half finishes to end Tottenham’s involvement in the competition.
The midfielder fired low past Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes after 16 minutes before doubling their tally with a beautiful curled effort from 25 yards six minutes before the break.
Spurs had chances of their own with Jermain Defoe guilty of wasting a gilt-edged chance in the first half.
But despite being second best for much of the encounter United held on comfortably for the win.