Writer: Red Boy
Date:Saturday November 3 2012
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.
Date:Saturday November 3 2012
United Supporters - Are You Satisfied? (Tuesday May 26 2015)
Rooney on The Way Forward (Tuesday May 26 2015)
We`ll Give it Another Year Shall We? (Tuesday May 26 2015)
So What is Valencia`s Injury? (Tuesday May 26 2015)
Falcao Leaves But Could Be Back (Tuesday May 26 2015)
Is this Valencia Defender Our Man? (Tuesday May 26 2015)
Real Confirm No Hernandez Deal (Tuesday May 26 2015)
Van Gaal Looks Towards the Summer! (Monday May 25 2015)
Infographic - Historic Moments Of 2014/15 (Man United) (Monday May 25 2015)
Unbelievably Stupid! (Monday May 25 2015)
|2. Man City||38||24||7||7||45||79|
|4. Man Utd||38||20||10||8||25||70|
|Alcaraz exit confirmed
» Everton : 27/05/2015 10:00:01
|How Ozil Came Back Stronger In His 2nd Season
» Arsenal : 27/05/2015 09:19:01
|Malaysia XI vs Tottenham Hotspur.
» Spurs : 27/05/2015 09:17:01
|Everton miss out on Europa League spot
» Everton : 27/05/2015 09:12:01
|Walcott or Giroud? You Decide
» Arsenal : 27/05/2015 09:08:00