Holders Manchester United booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup but for the second time in three days finished with 10 men as they recorded a 2-0 win against Barnsley.

Gary Neville was sent off in the second half at Oakwell, following on from fellow defender Nemanja Vidic in the defeat by Liverpool on Sunday.

Neville's dismissal was the only downside for United who secured their passage thanks to goals from Danny Welbeck and Michael Owen, his third of the season.

Sir Alex Ferguson named a completely different starting XI to the one at Anfield and the youngsters rose to the challenge against Barnsley and - up against former Old Trafford striker Mark Robins, now Barnsley manager - they needed only five minutes to make the breakthrough.

It was Welbeck who made his mark just as he did in the last round when he scored the winner against Wolves. He was allowed a free header when Anderson delivered the corner and took advantage with a clinical finish.

Barnsley were again forced on the back foot in the 19th minute and Gabriel Obertan should have scored when released by Owen. But again Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele stood tall and thwarted the Frenchman. However the home side responded and skipper Stephen Foster was left cursing his luck four minutes later.

His header from Adam Hammill's corner beat goalkeeper Ben Foster but came back off the angle of the post and bar.

Owen squandered a good chance in the 48th minute, scuffing a shot wide after being set up by Welbeck. Barnsley were making a decent fist of it but Anderson De Silva should have done better six minutes later when he failed to test Foster.

Two minutes later Owen showed his class by making it 2-0, clipping the ball past Steele after getting between Foster and Darren Moore with Fabio supplying the pass, but United were reduced to 10 men in the 63rd minute when Neville was handed a straight red by referee Chris Foy for clattering into the back of Hammill.

Anderson De Silva then twice came close in quick succession to pulling a goal back for Barnsley but both his headers were wayward.

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