Manchester United booked their place in the Capitol One Cup semi-finals on Wednesday following a 2-0 victory against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Sublime second-half strikes from Ashley Young and Patrice Evra saw United take a step closer to their first cup final under David Moyes.

Ryan Giggs and Adnan Januzaj were both rested, while Wayne Rooney missed out because of a groin injury saw Chris Smalling, Anderson and Young come into United's starting line-up.

Meanwhile Stoke made four changes to the side that earned a point at Hull last time out, with Jonathan Walters returning to the first team and Thomas Sorensen replacing Asmir Begovic in goal.

The visitors enjoyed the majority of the possession in the first half, albeit neither side were able to get a real grip on the game.

An opportunity for Manchester United on three minutes was the only real noteworthy chance in the first half, the ball sat up for Young after receiving it off Danny Welbeck but the winger thrashed his effort into the side netting.

The game then had to be suspended after half an hour due to a hailstorm break out at the Potteries. Referee Mark Clattenberg deemed the conditions too dangerous for the game to continue and hauled the players off. However the players were back out the tunnel within 10 minutes to resume play.

Moyes will no doubt feel satisfied with his decision to introduce Javier Hernandez twelve minutes into the restart. The substitute making an instance impact having a hand in Young's opener just past the hour mark.

A quick free-kick taken by Tom Cleverley on the half way line found fellow countryman Young who exchanged passes with Hernandez and latched on to the Mexican's return ball with a ferocious effort from 22 yards out.

The away side then made it two in the 78th minute, after playing a one-two with Young on the left-hand side, Patrice Evra saw his right-footed effort curl past Sorensen into the far corner to send his side into the semis.

And Hernandez almost made it three with five minutes to go, but the forward failed to get any proper contact on Antonio Valencia's cross.

The Potters did fashion a few chances of their own throughout the match with cross from wide positions as their main outlet but David de Gea will feel he was rarely troubled all game.

The result sees Man United set up a last four tie against Sunderland with the return leg at Old Trafford whilst West Ham United meet Manchester City in the other semi-final.

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