Cathcart’s uncle was a winner against United

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (left) in action with Blackpool's Craig Cathcart
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (left) in action with Blackpool's Craig Cathcart
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Craig Cathcart’s uncle went even more berserk than most Pool fans when his nephew scored Blackpool’s opener against Manchester United on Tuesday.

The reason? He had cash on his nephew to net the first goal at 40/1.

“He’s buzzing at the moment,” said Cathcart. “He was in the sponsors’ lounge after the game buying drinks, and when he saw me he gave me a hug!”

Cathcart admitted he was ecstatic to see his header from Charlie Adam’s corner hit the back of the net.

Scoring is a rarity in itself for the centre-half – it is only the fourth goal of Cathcart’s professional career, following a couple for Royal Antwerp and one for Plymouth, both during loan spells.

So to score against United, the club he left in the summer to join the Seasiders in a £500,000 deal, was almost too good to be true.

“I couldn’t believe it when the goal went in. I was celebrating and all the lads were jumping around me, so it was a great feeling,” said the 21-year-old.

“(Dimitar) Berbatov was meant to be marking me but it was a bit of poor defending on his part. He was nowhere near me and the ball Charlie put in was perfect.

“I couldn’t have wished for anything more than to score against the team I came from, and to be two up at half-time was unbelievable.”

But unfortunately for Cathcart and his team-mates, United spoiled the party with their second-half fightback.

“It was almost a fantastic night,” Cathcart added. “We couldn’t have wished for a better first half.

“The quality of the performance in those first 45 minutes was terrific.

“We stopped them playing by pressing them and we created good opportunities.

“We scored two and could have had another one against a top team.

“At half-time we were determined to continue what we had been doing, but I think they picked up the pace, closing us down and not letting us play.

“They made changes too. Ryan Giggs came on and has been a top player for 15 years now. I think he made a big difference to their performance.

“I didn’t really think about Wayne Rooney going off, but when they make changes they are bringing players on like Hernandez, so they are replacing quality with quality.

“So even when Rooney went off we knew there was no real change in terms of their strength, and it probably gave them a bit of freshness and caused us more trouble.

“To concede three goals in 17 minutes has left us disappointed as defenders. Maybe some of the goals we could have done a bit better with.

“But over the game as a whole, I think we deserved something and we are all really disappointed because we pushed United all the way and came so close.”