Arsenal 1 Manchester United 2

Match corresponding to the Premier League and played at the Emirates Stadium.

A great, exciting match that United had no choice but to win as Manchester City had earlier defeated third placed Spurs 3-2 in a second half that was full of drama and controversy. United fielded an attacking side that took the game to Arsenal. Arsenal for their part kept on pressing forwards as the first half progressed, young Chamberlin in particular having a very good game. United’s attacks drew little fruit however as faulty passing and bad finishing meant that United only scored very late in in the half via Antonio Valencia. Phil Jones had already been stretchered off after going over his own ankle and looked in a lot of pain. United’s injury woes continued in the seconfd half with both Nani and Rafael, who had replaced the injured Jones both limped off. Arsenal came off the blovks very quickly in the second half. Quick, decisive and started to dominate United especially in midfield where once again our dearth of quality was obvious and plain to see. Robin Van Persie scored (inevitably) but then missed a sitter after preying on a mistake by Chris Smalling! United’s second goal was entirely upto the effort and determination of Antonio Valencia who took on three of Arsenal’s defence, pulled the ball back for Danny Welbeck to smash the ball into the back of the net. Arsenal to thier credit kept pushing United back and did so until the 95th minute. Welbeck missed a very good chance by engineering to fall over his own feet! The referee’s whistle brought the game to an end after 96 pulsating minutes and both Rooney and Welbeck seemed to leave the pitch limping heavily. Three points behind once again and the Battle of Manchester is well and truly on!

Manchester United Team

34 Anders Lindegaard

3   Patrice Evra

4   Phil Jones

6   Johnny Evans

12 Chris Smalling

17 Nani

16 Micheal Carrick

11 Ryan Giggs

25 Antonio Valencia (Goal)

10 Wayne Rooney

19 Danny Welbeck (Goal)

SUBSTITUTES

Rafael on for Phil Jones

Paul Scholes on for Nani

Ji Sung Park on for Rafael

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