Manchester United striker Michael Owen says Sunday's derby day humiliation helped the club focus their minds ahead of a tricky tie against Aldershot Town.

United came through the test against the Npower League Two side, with Owen notching his third of the competition after Dimitar Berbaotv had earlier put the visitors ahead.

Antonio Valencia rounded off the evening in emphatic style with a third just after half-time, to relinquish some pressure off the shoulders of the Premier League champions.

“There was a little bit of pressure after the City result,” said Owen.

“Although no-one [in tonight’s team] started at the weekend, we still had the Manchester United reputation to look after in many ways. No matter what side we put out tonight, we wanted to bounce back and thankfully we got the win."

 

Owen also revealed that despite wholesale changes, the club as a whole had been affected by Sunday's defeat by Manchester City.

“As you can imagine really, the usual laughs and jokes at training quietened down a little bit after Sunday and it focused our minds," Owen added. "Sometimes you need a kick in the teeth to get up and going again and to concentrate on the basics. It was a big kick in the teeth and we were eager to bounce back.

“We played some good stuff in the first half. It was quite similar to the last tie at Leeds as again we went 3-0 up and then took our foot off the gas a little bit.

"It was a bit more even in the second half, and, to their credit, Aldershot never let their heads drop. We're thankful we're through to the next round of the Carling Cup. Roll on Everton [in the league] now.”

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