In a battle of two teams with the same Red Devils nickname, it was the club with the more prestigious background that came up victorious in FA Cup action.
Manchester United prevailed over underdog Crawley Town at Old Trafford, to advance Sir Alex Ferguson's side into the next round, in an unimpressive 1-0 victory.
Wes Brown put United ahead in the 28th minute. Daniel Gibson fed the ball in, and Brown's header proved to be the game winner.
Crawley Town had a good chance in the 74th minute by Matthew Tubbs who missed a bicycle kick that flew over the crossbar. In stoppage time, off Crawley Town's first corner kick of the match, forward Richard Brodie's header hit the crossbar. Brodie had another opportunity to head the ball in just minutes later.
Disregarding a rest for Wayne Rooney before a Champions League match on Tuesday in Marseille, Ferguson inserted the attacker into the match a couple minutes after the start of the second half. Rooney didn't play particularly well, and was booked for a yellow card with a rough foul he committed in what appeared to be frustration with his own play. Brown was also booked for a yellow card in the second half.
It was an overall unimpressive performace by Manchester United. On a choppy field, United kept Crawley Town in the match. In the last 20 minutes of the match, it seemed like there was a better chance of Crawley Town equalizing than United extending their lead.
Seldomly used players Bebe, a forward from Portugal, and goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, from Denmark, were inserted into the starting lineup by Ferguson.