Michael Owen's brace helped Manchester United to a 3-0 win over Leeds United. Picture - Reuters.

A weakened Manchester United proved too much for bitter-rivals Leeds United as the visitors secured a 3-0 victory at Elland Road in the Carling Cup third round.

Michael Owen scored a brace while Ryan Giggs also finished a fine solo effort with a goal.

Sir Alex Ferguson sent out an attacking side, and it took just fifteen minutes for the opener. Dimitar Berbatov's defence-splitting pass found Park Ji-Sung who squared for Michael Owen to strike from 12 yards.

15 minutes later, Owen made a case for more regular inclusion in the first team, collecting a pass from Mame Diouf before powering in his second.

The game was wrapped up within the first half, as Ryan Giggs nutmegged Robert Snodgrass out wide, before cutting in to curl with the outside of his left foot.

Dimitar Berbatov finished as centre-back for ten-man Manchester United after debutant Zeki Fryers suffered an injury after United had used up all there allotted substitutions.

Arsenal avoided further embarrassment after coming back from a goal down to win 3-1 over League Two side Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup.

The Emirates Stadium was stunned when on 16 minutes the visitors took the lead through James Collins who headed in Marvin Morgan's cross.

However, it served as the wake-up call Arsenal desperately needed and 15 minutes later they clawed their way back through Kieran Gibbs whose far post header from Carl Jenkinson's cross, crept in.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the decisive second, his first goal from his first start,as he drilled in powerfully on the hour-mark.

Yossi Benayoun also got his first goal for Arsenal, sparing his boss Arsene Wenger a frantic finale, calmly finishing with 12 minutes remaining.

Stoke got the better of fellow Premiership side Tottenham with a 7-6 win on penalties. The score remained 0-0 at the end of extra-time, and Massimo Luongo's miss proved costly for Spurs.

Newcastle United won a thriller at Nottingham Forest, as the visitors saw their lead cancelled on three occasions before Fabricio Coloccini struck the winner in the final minute of extra-time to the Magpies a 4-3 win and a place in the fourth round.

Bolton Wanderers secured a much-needed win with a 2-0 triumph over Aston Villa at Villa Park while Blackburn Rovers made it a second win in as many games with a 3-2 triumph over Leyton Orient at Ewood Park.

Elsewhere, Wolves hammered Millwall 5-0 at Molineux, Crystal Palace held off Middlesbrough for a 2-1 win, Aldershot and Burnley won with the same scoreline against Rochdale and MK Dons respectively.