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Manchester United Go Back on top of EPL after beating Portsmouth


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An early goal from Rooney and a late goal from Carrick was enough for United to get a victory over Portsmouth and send them to the top of the table. United had a host of chances after the Rooney goal but they were let down in there finishing. A late goal from Carrick secured the three points for United. Now they are three points above Liverpool with a game in hand.

United made nine changes to the team that lost to Everton in the FA Cup Semi-final with Ronaldo, Rooney, Scholes, Giggs back in the starting line up with Scholes starting his 600th United game. Portsmouth had the better of the opening minutes as they started dominating possession. But that didn’t last long as United took the lead when a long pass from Anderson found Giggs who got into the box and passed the ball to Rooney for a simple tap in. United soon found there rhythm and they soon started creating chances with Rooney and Giggs playing an important role. Anderson had a good chance afterwards but he shot inches wide. United nearly scored again when a Giggs corner was headed by O Shea but it was cleared off the line.

United had another great chance when some poor defending by Portsmouth gifted the ball to Wayne Rooney who set up Ryan Giggs who shot straight at James. Then another easy chance fell to Giggs who missed again. Ronaldo ran down the right flank and crossed the ball to Giggs who just had to touch the ball but he tried to lift it over the keeper and the ball went wide. At the close of first half, United had another decent chance after some good build-up play by Ronaldo and Rooney set up Fletcher at the edge of the box but he shot wide.

United quickly resumed there business at the start of second half as Giggs played a beautiful first time pass to Ronaldo who crossed poorly despite having a lot of space on the right. A good chance again fell for Giggs as Rooney set him up again but James quickly collected the ball. Portsmouth also had some good chances of there own. A great run down the right allowed Glen Johnson to trick his way past Rooney and send in a low cross but Van Der Sar was alert and got it away. There were a quick chance for both teams Crouch headed straight at Van Der Sar and on the other end, Rooney shot straight at James. There was a bit of un easiness among the supporters as United failed to find another goal that would kill the game off so United brought on Carrick for Anderson. And that substitution proved quite decisive as Carrick scored and killed the game of. A beautiful Scholes pass through two Pompey defenders found Carrick who finished well past James. United had a couple of half chances but they held on for an important win.

The win sends United back on top of the league and three points above Liverpool with a game in hand. Even though the manner of victory may not please Sir Alex much, the important thing was that the points was secured.

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