United 1 - 0 Arsenal

Rafael Rio Vidic Evra
Nani Fletcher Carrick Anderson(Giggs) Park

An excellent improvised header by Park decided this much awaited game. Some might argue that the game was well balanced but I honestly think that we were the better team and therefore we deserved the win, simply because we created much more chances than the Gunners. Arsenal's only decent chance was when their French striker's tap in was superbly cleared off the line by the fantastic Vidic. Our captain was my man of the match.

I'm delighted with today's result and pretty pleased with our lads' performance. The defence was exceptional. Vidic and Rio were colossal while Rafael and Evra looked really solid today. I think that Rafael has finally come of age. He never rushed to his opponents, attacked wisely and defended brilliantly. His improvement from last season, and indeed from previous seasons, is almost tangible. Well done Rafael.

Meanwhile our midfield had a mixed game. Park scored the goal and worked his socks off, Nani gave Clichy all sorts of trouble with his pace but made a lot of wrong decisions. Fletcher was determined and Anderson keeps putting in a good performance after the other. He was also unlucky not to score, amazingly, his second goal in a week. Carrick was on and off, he's been like that all season.

At the front, Rooney had a good game. He was isolated but caused havoc in the Arsenal defence. However, his performance will be put in the shade of his awful penalty take. Reporters will undoubtly talk about that miss but in reality his cross field passes today were exquisite and he also nearly scored a wonder goal but the Arsenal goalie saved. He's been putting in very good performances since his return from injury but I do wish Rooney gets back to his scoring prowess. Missing that penalty, which I think was a tad unfair on the Arsenal defender(I still fail to understand what is considered as accidental and what is not), won't do his confidence in front of goal any good.

We are now on top of the league. If we win the next game we will be in a very comfortable position, however, a loss won't be the end of the world. I have been saying over and over again that the league could be decided in the coming weeks. I may have said that naively but I will hold on to my belief that if Chelsea fail to win any of their upcoming two huge games, they will be kicked out of the title race. COME ON UNITED!


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