LONDON: Manchester United cruised through their English FA Cup match against Northampton yesterday, but Wolves faltered and four other Premier League clubs need replays to make the fifth round.
United beat Third Division Northampton 3-0 despite Diego Forlan missing a third-minute penalty. Struggling Wolverhampton were dumped out of the Cup in a 3-1 loss to First Division West Ham.
Brian Deane, Marlon Harewood and David Connolly scored for West Ham, who were relegated from the Premier League last season. Vio Ganea scored for Wolves, struggling at second-bottom of the Premier League.
In other fourth-round matches, Tottenham drew 1-1 at Manchester City and Everton rallied for a 1-1 draw against Fulham. Sheffield United beat fellow First Division club Nottingham Forest 3-0. Jack Lester, Chris Morgan and Wayne Allison scored for the Blades.
At Northampton's Sixfields Stadium, United had an early chance when referee Steve Bennett ruled Greg Lincoln had impeded Christian Ronaldo as he tried to reach Quinton Fortune's far post cross.
Forlan's penalty kick was saved by Northampton goalkeeper Lee Harper, who dived to his right and parried the ball.
United went ahead after 43 minutes when Mikael Silvestre tapped home the ball after Harper had pushed a Ronaldo attempt away. Northampton gifted United the second, with Chris Hargreaves helping the ball into his own net in a goalmouth scramble in the 47th minute.
Soon after, Northampton's Chris Carruthers was taken off the field strapped to a stretcher after an aerial clash of heads in the scramble. Forlan made up for his earlier miss by scoring the third at close range in the 68th minute.
United manager Alex Ferguson left skipper Roy Keane and goalkeeper Tim Howard on the bench, while Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville didn't even make the squad.
Transfer-listed midfielder Nicky Butt, who asked to leave the club because of his lack of playing time, was given the captaincy, sparking speculation it could be his last game for the club.
The last time the two clubs met in 1970, United beat Northampton 8-2 off six goals from George Best.
At the City of Manchester Stadium, Nicolas Anelka scored for City in the 11th minute, tapping in a rebound after Robbie Fowler's header hit the post.
Midfielder Claudio Reyna missed a strong opportunity to double City's lead and score past his international teammate Kasey Keller in the 40th minute, but hooked the ball wide.
Tottenham equalised in the 57th minute, when Gary Doherty headed the ball into the net from a Helder Postiga corner. Kevin Ellegaard was in goal for City because new signing David James is Cup-tied.
“We're delighted with the result,'' Doherty said. “Now we can take them back to our place. We are now unbeaten in five matches and are on a bit of a roll.''
Fulham were playing their first match since selling top-scorer Louis Saha to United. Sean Davis scored for Fulham in the 49th minute at Goodison Park. Everton equalised with a late strike from substitute Francis Jeffers. – AP