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FA Cup: Man Utd, Liverpool in fifth round

Kieran Richardson scored twice to lead Manchester United to a 3-0 win at Wolves that put the team into the fifth round.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 12:48 IST

Kieran Richardson scored twice to lead Manchester United to a 3-0 win at Wolves that put the record 11-time champion into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

European champion Liverpool also advanced after a 2-1 victory at Portsmouth.

Louis Saha also scored at Molineux as United, winner two seasons ago and runner-up to Arsenal last year, moved into the last 16.

"We got a dream start, scored at the right times and did well in the end," said United manager Alex Ferguson, who has led the club to five FA Cup final wins. "I am pleased with the result because we were expecting a very difficult game."

Having qualified for the League Cup final this week, United went ahead in the fourth minute. Richardson arrived unmarked in the area to score with a right-foot shot after defender Joleon Lescott failed to clear Saha's right-wing cross.

Wolves goalkeeper Stefan Postma punched away a powerful shot from Saha, but the France forward did score in the final minute of the first half. Saha was quickest to react to a long through ball from Nemanja Vidic and raced clear of the Wolves defense to shoot past Postma for his eighth goal of the season.

Colin Cameron almost beat Edwin van der Sar with a swerving 20-yard (meter) shot the United 'keeper couldn't hold.

First Published: Jan 30, 2006 12:48 IST