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ENGLAND - Everton wrecked Manchester United's hope for haul of five trophies beating them 4-2 after a penalty shoot-out at Wembley yesterday.

ENGLAND - Everton wrecked Manchester United's hope for haul of five trophies beating them 4-2 after a penalty shoot-out at Wembley yesterday.

Everton who are also known among other nicknames as the Blues, will meet Chelsea, the more famous Blues in the final at Wembley on May 30..

Tim Cahill missed Everton's first penalty, but keeper Tim Howard saved United's first two efforts from Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand.

Leighton Baines, Phil Neville and James Vaughan were then on target for Everton, with Nemanja Vidic and Anderson responding for United.

And with Everton's fans providing a deafening backdrop of expectation, Jagielka calmly slotted home the decisive penalty to send one half of Wembley wild. For United and boss Ferguson, there was only disappointment.

As expected Ferguson made wholesale changes to the side that secured a Champions League semi-final place with victory in Porto on Wednesday - with Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Edwin van der Sar not even on the bench.

Everton had a narrow escape when Rafael's cross was touched on by Welbeck, before a deflection off defender Joleon Lescott diverted the ball on to an upright with Howard wrong-footed.

The Merseysiders were receiving tremendous backing from their supporters packed into Wembley, and they almost had an opening goal to cheer minutes after the break, but Foster made a superb low save from Cahill's 25-yard drive.

Referee Mike Riley, whose appointment had been been questioned by Moyes, waved away United's appeals as Ferguson was moved into a jig of fury in his technical area.

Welbeck had recovered from a nightmare first half, showing great character to emerge as a threat for United, curling a good effort just off target with seven minutes left.

But there was to be no breakthrough and the teams went into a penalty shoot-out, which would provide some drama on an afternoon that was hardly a glittering advert for the Premier League. - BBC

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