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United 2 Arsenal 1

United 2 Arsenal 1

United continued with their winning ways to beat a ten-man Arsenal side who were, to be honest, a shadow of what we expected to show up.

For this fixture, Sir Alex Ferguson chose to select the same starting eleven that had served him so well in the victory at Stamford Bridge, last Sunday, meaning United lined-up as follows:-

Team - De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Cleverley, Carrick, Young, Rooney, Van Persie

Incidentally, it was the first time Sir Alex has selected an unchanged team for a Premier League fixture this season.

First Half- With the sun shining at Old Trafford it didn`t take long for United to take the lead. Only three minutes had been played when a ball in from Valencia was poorly cleared by Vermaelen and Robin van Persie coolly beat Manone from some sixteen yards out. Van Persie, having played for Arsenal for so long, didn`t, as you might expect, indulge in any dramatic celebration.

United were dominating the first half and only some decent goalkeeping from Manone kept the score as it was with the Arsenal keeper denying Van Persie, after Evra had won possession and then denying the same player after a Carrick ball over the top had seen Rooney also have a shot saved.

As half time approached, United had a golden chance to double their lead when Cazorla was adjudged to have handled the ball. Rooney stepped up but his aim was a touch out and the ball slipped the wrong side of the post.

As for Arsenal, they offered very little in the first half apart from a Carlos shot that almost hit the corner flag and a Ramsey cross in that was palmed away by De Gea.

Half Time - United 1 Arsenal 0

Second Half - United had a glorious chance to double their lead early on when another error from Vermaelen saw the defender lose possession but when van Persie squared the ball Valencia couldn`t apply that final touch.

Wenger introduced Walcott, in place of Ramsey, and Arsenal started to play better exerting some pressure on the United defence with Giroud hit the outside of the post from a narrow angle.

United responded forcing Manone to make a flying save from van Persei but from the resulting corner, taken short, Rooney delivered a ball into the box and Evra was on hand to knock it home to double the lead.

Almost immediately Anderson, on for Cleverley, blazed over when set up by Valencia before Arsenal were reduced to ten-men when Wilshere received a second yellow card.

Down to ten men you were hoping United could take advantage but it never happened and when De Gea produced a great save from Giroud you thought that was it but with the last kick of the game Cazorla produced a peach of a shot to beat De Gea and any hopes of keeping a clean sheet were over.



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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Saturday November 3 2012
Time: 2:46PM

Comments

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Good performance from us despite only playing in 2nd gear, we created a lot a chances and should have easily scored 5. Arsenal looked really poor again today and was no threat at all. Good to see RVP carrying on scoring goals. I think Young has not hit top gear yet, he doesnt take on players anymore, maybe Nani for all his flaws could have created more havoc against this rather poor Arsenal side. Good win though, and great to see us top of the table. Cant expect anything but a win for *****ty today, even though they are playing ***** poor ball.
nordkap
03/11/2012 18:30:00
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https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-KN81eMmQHv8/UJVAJTQDfAI/AAAAAAAABac/NAkgNkC_Bg4/s350/RVP2.gif
fifthcolumnblue
03/11/2012 23:13:00
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Wow you commented on this article about a game that had nothing to do with you before you posted on your own article on VMC regarding the Westham-city game fcb.
TheFamousNo7
04/11/2012 13:02:00
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Very comfortable win when we really weren't at our best and were slow, average and lackadaisical at times. I think arsenal we're lucky that we couldn't finish to save our lives as the score could've very easily been 6 or 7 in our favour. An important win against one of the hardest opposition in the league, now time to move on and concentrate on the next game.
TheFamousNo7
04/11/2012 13:05:00
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VMC has forums Famous, which is where I prefer to do most of my commenting, as opposed to the front page. You do know what forums are don't you? On second thought, judging by the state of the ones on VMU...

P.S. No opinion on Van persie's tackle I notice
fifthcolumnblue
04/11/2012 18:12:00
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Just find it quite peculiar that you comment on all of the other results you've had so far this season but not the arguably most disappointing one but chose to post on here instead is all fcb. RVP's challenge was poor, then again it's no different most of the other challenges you see in the premier league, late and yellow card worthy. Always found it laughable and hypocritical that you talk of bad challenges when you've had De Jong in your team and praised his reckless tackling as 'take no prisoners' as if it were some sort of justification.
TheFamousNo7
04/11/2012 22:30:00
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De Jongs tackling is more take no survivors than prisoners.
MotorMad
04/11/2012 22:54:00
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Would that be Nigel DeJong, our former defensive midfileder you're referring to? You know, the guy that has only received one red card in his career? (He should have had one other to be fair). Never ceases to amaze me how the gullible allow the tabloid press to do their thinking for them. If only De Jong could tackle as well as that nice Mr Scholes eh?
fifthcolumnblue
06/11/2012 15:46:00
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