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Manchester United get Closer to Title after beating Manchester City

Manchester United got back to the top of the table and one more step closer to title after beating Manchester City 2 – 0 in the Manchester Derby. Cristiano Ronaldo and Tevez were on score sheet for United as City failed to show any serious threat. Before the match, there was a lot of talk about Carlos Tevez telling a paper that he will be leaving United in the summer because no effort was being made to sign him. It was a bit surprising to see him in the starting line up but he produced a man of the match performance to show why Manchester United should sign him.

Manchester City had a good recent form and many expected this to be a tough game for United. But that was not the case as Manchester United settled early and the visitors were often threatened by the there quick tempo and passing. They soon opened the scoring as Ireland committed a foul on Berbatov. Ronaldo stepped in to take the free kick and his deflected shot found its way to the net with Shay Given managing to get his hand to it. Tevez nearly doubled the lead when he cut in from the left and his curving shot hit the crossbar with Shay Given beaten. But it was Tevez who scored the second goal for United with a fabulous strike and making his importance clear. The shot also hit the bar but this time, the ball ended inside the net.

United brought on Scholes and Rooney for Park Ji Sung and Ronaldo with Ronaldo reacting angrily to being substituted. United could have added more to there tally with Tevez unluckily hitting the bar once again with the header. City had a few good chances with Robinho missing there best chance as he shot wide from 8 yards.

Now Manchester United  need 4 points from there remaining three games which are against Wigan, Arsenal and Hull. And it looks unlikely that they will lose the title now.

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Manchester United Reach Champions League Final in Style

Manchester United reached the final of the champions league second time in a row after beating Arsenal 3 – 1 at the emirates. United had a slender 1 – 0 lead from the first leg and Arsene Wenger was almost certain that Arsenal will play magnificently and reach the Champions League final. His words may have been soon forgotten as two quick first half goals from Manchester United ended there hopes quickly and they were outplayed for the most of the game.

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Unites started with Berbatov and Tevez both on the bench with Ji Sung Park being preferred over them while the United midfield consisted of Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson, Ronaldo. Wenger’s words may have elated the Gunners fans as they were roaring in the stadium as Arsenal dominated for the first few minutes. But things changed after 7 minutes when Kieran Gibbs slipped while failing to clear a Ronaldo cross from the left and Ji Sung Park was there to finish into the far corner. Two minutes later, the home crowd was stunned as Ronaldo fired in the free kick from 41 yards after being fouled by Van Persie. Things were almost over for Arsenal as they needed 4 goals to win and they failed to create any good opportunities for the rest of the half. They may have been 3 – 0 down had Almunia not saved a Rooney curling shot which was on target.  Ronaldo went close on two occasions with Almunia making a save. read more »

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Middlesbrough 0 – 2 Manchester United

Manchester United have almost a hand on the Premiership title after they beat Middlesbrough convincingly and are now now six points ahead of Liverpool with 4 games left for both the teams. This puts the pressure on Liverpool who play there match on Sunday against Newcastle. A defeat or a draw for Liverpool will almost end there chances or who knows, we might some new twists late on.

Giggs Scores

Although Man Utd had a mid week match against Arsenal on Tuesday, they fielded an strong side with Ronaldo, Anderson, Van Der Sar and Tevez being rested. But still the squad had player like Rooney, Berbatov, Macheda, Scholes, Giggs, Park to win the match. Middlesbrough who are into the relegation zone started the match brightly but they failed to find any clear cut opportunities and were mostly restricted to shots from outside the box which rarely threatened Ben Foster. Boro’s best chance fell to Aliadiere but his low shot was saved by legs of Ben Foster. Manchester United was also not at there best and the striker pairing of Berbatov and Macheda was not too effective. But it was Ryan Giggs who opened the scoring and brought the title closer to Manchester United. Giggs scored from a low placed effort after being setup by Rooney and Vidic. Such beautiful was the effort that the goalkeeper didn’t even move. Paul Scholes had some decent chances but he shot wide on both the occasions.

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Manchester United Edge Arsenal in Champions League Semifinal First Leg

The game was not a typical Manchester United – Arsenal game that we have come to expect from the both teams. It was a rather quiet game with Manchester United edging out the win thanks to a goal from the unsung hero John O Shea. Before the game, Sir Alex has said that he will take a 1 – 0, but after this performance, he would be rather disappointed that they couldn’t score more goal. Arsenal will be a bit pleased as they rarely threatened but the defended properly and some good goal keeping from Almunia made sure that the score was 1 – 0 and not worse.

O Shea scoring

Sir Alex preferred Berbatov over Tevez this time, probably to show Tevez that he can also start important games and make him stay at Old Trafford. United nearly found the goal in opening minute when a looping header from Rooney was well saved by Almunia. Then Tevez was guilty of missing a sitter but thankfully O Shea scored from the resulting corner. In the midfield, the young duo Fletcher and Anderson did well and showed fantastic energy. Another good chance fell to Ronaldo but he shot straight at the keeper. Arsenal finally got a bit settled late on in the first half but they hardly threatened and were mostly on the backfoot.

Arsenal started with only Adebayor as a lone forward and he hardly looked convincing as he was not getting any service from the midfield. Arsenal did but up some good passes but they lacked in the final third of the pitch. Late in the second half, Manchester United brought on Giggs for Anderson and Berbatov for Tevez. The argentine was shaking his head as he was substituted but he got a standing ovation from the crowd who were shouting his name and asking Ferguson to sign him. This might be a much talked about thing whether Tevez will stay or not. Giggs came on for his 800th appearance but he was unable to make much of an impact.

Ronaldo showed his skill when he unleashed a dipping shot from 30 yards. Almunia was helpless but the ball crashed against the crossbar and went out. United did carry forward there attack but they couldn’t find the break through. Credit must be given to O Shea who celebrates his 28th birthday tomorrow. He has been such a loyal player to Manchester United. He has not been a regular but he has always played his part when he gets his chance due to any injury problems. His versatility is excellent, he can play as right back, left back, central defender or even in midfield. He may have scored only the 15th goal of his career but such an important goal this is. The game is not decided right now but Arsenal know that they have to score 2 goals past Manchester United to win and that is not easy. And if Man Utd manage to get an away goal, things will be much difficult.

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Barcelona and Chelsea Play a stalemate

After watching two amazing games during the previous Tuesday Night’s which finished at 4 – 4, i was also having some high expectation from this game. It was a bit of a shock to see this game finish without any goals. With the quality of players Barcelona have, i was expecting them to at least score a goal. Even Lionel Messi didn’t look like a similar player he is.

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But credit must be given to Chelsea defence and especially Peter Cech. Barcelona had some good possession throughout the match but they found it hard to break the Chelsea defence. They had a couple of decent chances but Cech was alert every time. Dani Alves was a constant threat from the right. Barcelona might feel they could have got a goal had Bojan not missed a very easy chance. For Chelsea it was a draw well deserved though Drogba may have opened the score sheet if he had capitalized on the mistake. It is too early to say who will win. It is all the pay for in Stamford Bridge. But the confidence is with Chelsea now after there good defensive performance and they are always a solid unit at home. And they also were the first team this season to prevent Barcelona from scoring at home.

I feel the second leg will be very crucial. It will be all about who scores the first goal.

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Ryan Giggs Get PFA Player of the Year Award

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Ryan Giggs has won the Professional Footballer’s Association Player of the Year Award. It may seem surprising but this is the first time he has won the award in his illustrious career. Most of the contenders for the award were his United team mates including Cristiano Roanldo, Nemanja Vidic, Van Der Sar, Rio Ferdinand and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard.

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