Liverpool's James Milner Reveals Bitterness About Manchester United Game Nine Years On

Liverpool utility man James Milner admits he still feels bitter about the 2010 League Cup final against Manchester United with his former Aston Villa side.

Villa took the lead thanks to a penalty converted by Milner early in the match but that wasn't enough to lift the trophy. United came from behind with goals from Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen.

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Despite scoring the penalty, Milner admitted feelings of bitterness. He believed Reds' defender Nemanja Vidic should have been sent-off for the foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor, which resulted in the spot-kick being awarded.

Speaking on The Big Interview podcast, Milner was asked if the penalty decision was a bittersweet moment:

"Yeah, probably. That's one memory you have: an early penalty that should have been a red but wasn't. Then, obviously it's a cup final, the pressure of taking a penalty and I scored it.

"But to be 1-0 up anyway, you'd like to think that you can go on and win it. It didn't happen.

"There is obviously that bitterness that I think it was a red card, really."

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The now-Liverpool man probably won't be taking too many penalties soon with Mohamed Salah in the squad, however he did expertly convert this one past keeper Tomasz Kuszczak - and he knows it was no fluke.

"He'd (Kuszczak) have watched me," he said. "I'd taken a few in the games before and they'd all been one side. So that was why, really. I'm sure he'd have done his homework and gone with that."

Fortunately for Milner - but not Villa fans, sorry - he'd go on to join United rivals Manchester City and eventually win the League Cup - as well as two Premier League titles.

Which footballing decision do you still feel bitter about? Let us know in the comments.

Words by Kane Allen.

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