Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka inspired by win at Man Utd

Tomas Meijas
Tomas Mejias was Boro's hero, saving penalties from Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young

Head coach Aitor Karanka says Middlesbrough's League Cup victory against Manchester United has whet his appetite for Premier League football.

Boro were beaten in the Championship play-off final by Norwich, missing out on promotion last season.

But their cup exploits, which also include an FA Cup win over Manchester City, have been a big boost.

"My aim to come to these kind of stadiums in the Premier League," Karanka told BBC Tees.

"I would like to beat them in the Premier League one day with Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough have beaten Manchester City and United in cup competitions in the last 10 months

"It was an amazing game, there were 10,000 people from Boro and they can go back really proud."

Karanka's side might have won the tie in normal time had Grant Leadbitter not been denied by Sergio Romero.

"I felt we were better than them physically, tactically and in terms of confidence [in the 90 minutes] and if we had continued playing that way we would have won the game," Karanka added.

"They have a lot of good players, it's Old Trafford, but to arrive at the last minute 0-0 and have Grant's chance was amazing."

Boro, who won the League Cup in 2004, will meet Everton for a place in the semi-finals.

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