WAYNE ROONEY missed a penalty as the shock of the Capital One Cup eventually arrived at Old Trafford with Middlesbrough beating Manchester United in a shoot-out.
Championship promotion-chasers Middlesbrough had a goal disallowed when Kike hit the post and Daley Blind put the rebound in his own net, with an offside flag curtailing their celebrations.
Neither side could break the deadlock in extra-time with Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini missing close-range headers at the death for the hosts.
Rooney saw the Premiership side’s first penalty saved by Tomas Mejias, Michael Carrick blazed over and Mejias then blocked Ashley Young’s effort as the visitors triumphed 3-1 on spot-kicks.
Strikers Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho were among the goalscorers as Manchester City eased into the Capital One Cup quarter-finals with a 5-1 win over Crystal Palace.
With Sergio Aguero still injured, the spotlight remains on the other forwards and Bony set them on the way to a comfortable win at the Etihad Stadium with a fine header.
The lively 19-year-old Iheanacho then got in on the act after Kevin De Bruyne had maintained his recent scoring streak with City’s second.
Yaya Toure added a fourth from the penalty spot and substitute Manu Garcia rounded off a good night’s work with a fifth in stoppage time after a Damien Delaney consolation.
Southampton also progressed to the quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory that added further misery to struggling Aston Villa’s already sorry season.
Despite an often disjointed performance, classy goals from Maya Yoshida and Graziano Pelle proved more than enough to defeat clearly demoralised opposition and to build on the promising form of recent weeks, even amid Scott Sinclair’s stoppage-time penalty.
Aston Villa far from thrived in their first fixture since manager Tim Sherwood was sacked and Kevin MacDonald was placed in temporary charge but they at least showed incremental improvement.