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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.

The second half started with Arsenal trying to threaten but they failed to create any clear cut opportunity. In the other end, United always looked threatening in the attack. The third goal soon came after a superb counter attack by Manchester United. From Arsenal’s corner, Ji Sung Park passed to Ronaldo who back heels it back to him. He then releases Wayne Rooney on the left who passes for Ronaldo to apply the finish. Soon after United made the substitutions bringing on Giggs for Anderson and Rafael and Berbatov for Evra and Rooney who were a yellow card away from missing the final. The only drawback for United from the game will be the red card for Darren Fletcher who brought down Fabregas after his run in the box. He was shown a straight red card and Van Persie scored a consolation from the penalty spot. The red card may have been a bit harsh as replays suggested that he got a touch on the ball.

It will be interesting to see who Manchester United will face in the final. I would love to see Barcelona but i have a feeling it might be Chelsea again. I do hope the referee reviews his decision about the red card. Fletcher has been superb this whole season and it will be an absolute heart break to miss the Champions League final.

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