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Manchester United have a quintuple in their sights after Ben Foster's penalty shoot-out heroics helped them beat Tottenham and win the Carling Cup at Wembley.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men remain in the hunt for five trophies this season, including the Club World Cup they had already won in December, after Foster saved from Jamie O'Hara in the shoot-out following 120 goalless minutes.

David Bentley also went wide with his penalty, and Anderson tucked away the winning spot-kick.

In his first major final Darron Gibson came mightily close to putting the Red Devils in front. However, while his shot was too much for Heurelho Gomes, it also flashed wide of the Brazilian's left-hand post.

Ferdinand was also a mere couple of inches away with a dipping volley that nestled on the roof of Tottenham's net.

Nani had the best chance though, letting fly with a snap-shot that threatened to creep in at the corner, only for Gomes to get down to make a fine save at the near post.

Unfortunately for Roman Pavlyuchenko, he could not locate his radar at half-time. He skied a terrible free-kick way over the crossbar and while his effort could not be faulted, it was no surprise when he made way for O'Hara.

Cristiano Ronaldo finally broke free of his shackles and crashed a brute of a shot against the post with almost the last kick of normal time.

Tevez glanced an extra-time header just wide, with Darren Bent drawing an excellent feet-first save out of Foster later on. But there was no salvation from the penalty lottery which both teams have profited from over the past 12 months.

This time, it was United's turn. Foster emerged the hero with a save to deny O'Hara and Bentley's miss, combined with Anderson making it four out of four from the spot for the Red Devils, meant the trophy headed to Manchester.

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