Ace Gibson earns spurs for United

<strong>MANCHESTER UTD (2) vs TOTTENHAM (0)</strong><br /><br />DARRON GIBSON was the unlikely hero as holders Manchester United once again broke Tottenham hearts to reach the semi-final of the Carling Cup.<br /><br />Midfielder Gibson netted with two spectacular first-half strikes as Harry Redknapp&rsquo;s Spurs again finished second best in a re-run of last year&rsquo;s Wembley final.<br /><br />The Irishman opened the scoring with a fine 25-yard strike across goal on 16 minutes before doubling the lead with a curling effort into the top corner seven minutes before half-time, following an exchange of passes with Danny Welbeck.<br /><br />Spurs, the 2008 champions, had their chances to force a replay but efforts from Jermain Defoe and David Bentley were denied by a combination of keeper Tomas Kuszczak and young Belgian full-back Ritchie De Laet, although, in truth, they went down tamely.<br /><br />In the end, it was a performance to delight boss Sir Alex Ferguson, whose faith in his second string side was restored after the home Champions League defeat to Besiktas last week.<br /><br />Of Gibson, he said: &ldquo;He did well. The second goal particularly, the movement and working off the ball was good, and a terrific finish.<br /><br />&ldquo;Gibson and Anderson did very well in the middle of the park. We&rsquo;re two games from Wembley, that&rsquo;s good. We&rsquo;ll enjoy the semi-final and these lads will play again.&rdquo;<br /><br />Spurs boss Redknapp may have his priorities set on a top four place in the Premier League, but admitted he was still disappointed to lose out on a third successive Carling Cup final place after a lethargic encounter.<br /><br />&ldquo;You&rsquo;re never going to get a better opportunity than we did tonight,&rdquo; Redknapp said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been playing so well recently but there was no atmosphere tonight.<br /><br />&ldquo;It was played at a lethargic pace; we didn&rsquo;t make a tackle in the first half. It was like a practice match, it just never got going.&rdquo;