Arsenal 1 - 2 United
Jones(Rafael(Park)) Smalling Evans Evra
Valencia Carrick Giggs Nani(Scholes)
|Welbeck Scored The Winner|
It was a deserved victory against a team vying for revenge. Arsenal were nowhere near us during the first half but they did produce a handful of decent chances during the second. In fact, Van Persie could have easily had a couple of goals to his name. In the end, a good header by Valencia and an emphatic finish by Welbeck decided the issue.
United were head and shoulders better than Arsenal during the first half. However, the final ball was pathetic at best on most occasions. Nani was magnificent running rings around Djorou(I'm not sure how you spell his name!), in fact he got the Frenchman subbed off during half time, but his final ball was feeble. Had he been more effective, Arsenal would have never got themselves back in the game during the second half and I would have watched the game at ease without having my heart skip a few beats every now and then.
|Very Good Performance By Eva|
Our defence did very well today. Evra was my man of the match. Apparently he was SKY's too. He barely put a foot wrong. Maybe there's time for him to win me over again! Smalling and Evans were solid. It's a pity though that Evans' reputation of being an error prone defender often makes most of us overlook his contribution. He headed away most dangers today. I also thought Rafael played his part well so I guess him getting subbed off was just to put an attack minded player on. Fergie was proven right as the winning goal was the product of a fine build up by Valenca and Park. The difference between our manager and Arsenal's was evident today. Fergie did something that won us the game while Arsene killed off his team's chances by withdrawing Chamberlain (I finally saw what the hype was all about, excellent prospect.) just when they had the momentum. Awful decision that but I won't complain.
|Another Impressive Performance By Valencia|
The midfield battle was won by our side. Arsenal's didn't hold a candle to ours and that's the reason why our team emerged victorious. Giggs rolled down the years with a fine assist and some decent runs while Carrick distributed the ball majestically. Valencia dragged his recent form into this game and at the front Rooney was a bit off beat but worked hard while Welbeck ran his socks off, scored and maybe could have had another goal or two to his name.
Over and above all it was a good game. It's a shame that Ledley King couldn't keep his leg out of that tackle that won City the game. Football is a funny old game, we're just 3 points behind and I guess we're doing quite well to put pressure on City. Liverpool next. Honestly, given the difficult upcoming games, I'd sacrifice this game for the Premier League. Our players are getting injured too easily and we cannot afford to lose another one! We'll wait and see what happens, until that game I've got two exams to sit for so I'm off to study!
|"Happy 91st Opa, We Only Lost By The Odd Goal Of Three"|