Date:Saturday March 1 2008
I love the way the guys are boosting our goal difference. We were a bit sketchy away from home in the first half of the season but well and truly made amends with the last two games on the road. With Derby coming up, we have a good chance of scoring even more goals away from home.
But back to today's clash. Fergie, not altogether to my surprise, omitted Rooney and Ronaldo from the starting line-up and handed Louis Saha his fifth Premiership start of the season. The Frenchman missed the first chance after getting to the end of a fine Scholes lob but fired wide after displaying great first touch.
Scholes and Murphy had good efforts parried by the two keepers before Hargreaves put us in front. Tevez was fouled by Hagenland just outside the area and the England midfielder dispatched the free-kick to record his first ever United goal. A spectacular one indeed. At the end of the half, a beautiful move saw Scholes crossing to Park who headed home with a spectacular effort to give us a seemingly unassailable lead.
Fulham tried to force their way back into the game after the restart but apart from a few scares, a Vidicless defence kept tham comfortably at bay. To be honest, as it was nearing the final whistle, I was more concerned about news coming through from the Emirates where Villa were holding on to a 1-0 lead.
Fergie brought on Ronaldo and Rooney with 25 minutes to go, presumably with the intention of keeping them sharp for Tuesday's encounter with Olympique Lyon. They did little of note, to be honest and our third goal came courteousy of luck more than anything else - and we can be thankful to Simon Davies, too.
However, all in all it was a very boring second half after we effectively decided the outcome of the game in the first. It was great to see Park having a good game at last and Scholes' passing and the threat he posed on goal were even more reasons for delight.
In the end, Villa could not hold onto their lead but still Arsenal dropped two points at home and you cannot get round that fact. It seems that their smaller squad can't cope with the injuries they have and it gives us huge hopes for the remainder of the season. Once again, we can be regarded as the favourites for the Premiership title.
Date:Saturday March 1 2008
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