(CNN) -- Michael Owen rolled back the years to score a superb second goal for Manchester United as they continued their English League Cup defense with a 2-0 victory at second-flight Barnsley on Tuesday.
Young striking counterpart Danny Welleck had put the champions ahead in the sixth minute and Owen made his vital contribution on the hour mark in the second half.
Picking up a ball just outside the Barnsley penalty area, he cleverly dodged several challenges before slotting the ball home into the bottom corner to put United into the quarterfinals.
It was his third goal of a season mostly spent on the substitutes' bench as he waits for chances to press his claims for a recall to the England squad for the World Cup finals.
A later sending off for United veteran Gary Neville took some of the gloss off a victory that went a little way to erasing the memory of their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday in the English Premier League.
He received his marching orders on 63 minutes for following through with his studs in challenge on Adam Hammill.
Barnsley had chances to pull back a goal against 10-man advantage, but the visitors, with the returning Wes Brown outstanding, held on for a deserved win.
In other action, Tottenham Hotspur, beaten by United in last year's final, continued their fine form this season with a 2-0 win over fellow Premier League side Everton.
Tom Huddlestone and Robbie Keane scored in either half at White Hart Lane as Harry Redknapp's men put Saturday's shock 1-0 reverse to Stoke behind them.
Huddlestone fired home with a volley while Keane netted after seeing his penalty saved by Tim Howard, taking his chance after a frantic scramble as the ball broke loose.
Stoke were thumped 4-0 by Portsmouth with Frederic Piquionne scoring twice and setting up Danny Webber before Kanu completed the rout to make it 11 goals from their three matches in the cup competition for Pompey.
Blackburn are also in the quarterfinals after thrashing second-flight Peterborough 5-2 at Ewood Park despite the side being hit by a dose of swine flu.
Aston Villa won the all-Premiership tie with Sunderland that went to penalties afer normal and extra time ended goalless.
Villa's U.S. keeper Brad Guzan proved the hero with three penalty saves before Ashley Young scored the clincher for the visitors.