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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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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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Rampant Manchester United Defeat Tottenham after Amazing Comeback

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A resurgent second half performance from Manchester United saw them come back from two goals down and beat Tottenham Spurs 5 – 2 to stay on top of the table and continue there pursuit of the Premiership Title. In the earlier kick off, Liverpool kept the pressure on Manchester United after beating Hull City. It looked like the Premiership Race will be thrown wide open as Tottenham took an early 2 – 0 lead in the first half. But United had shown this season that they can not be counted out so soon. And they went on a rampage in the second half and destroyed Tottenham 5 – 3.

United started with a strong Line up with Ferdinand and Berbatov back into the squad. Manchester United started brightly as they pushed forward for an early goal. Tottenham first real chance came for Darren Bent after he was picked out at the far post but his header was saved by Van Der Sar. United had a couple of decent chances with Rooney and Ronaldo going close but it was Tottenham who took the lead. Vidic and Ferdinand failed to clear a Corluka cross from the left and it fell to Bent who smashed home the opener. And things got worse for United after two minutes as an Aaron Lennon cross from the left found Luka Modric who chested the ball before firing in Tottenham’s second.

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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.

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Liverpool 4 – 4 Arsenal : Premiership Classic

If you have any doubts why Premier League is the  best league in the world, then all those doubts would have been gone if you have checked out this match. The match had all the ingredients of a classic and till the final whistle, you couldn’t tell which team will win the match.

Liverpool knew they needed to win the match to put pressure on Manchester United as the title race gets nearer to the end. They were without Steven Gerrard but they still started strongly against an Arsenal side who had some young players. Arsenal were missing Adebayor and Van Persie and had the young Lukas Fabianski in the goal. It soon became evident that they were in for a busy evening as Liverpool started attacking from the beginning with Torres terrorizing the defence with his skill. Liverpool tested Fabianski on various occasions but they young keeper looked fired up for the occasion. They way they were playing, it looked a matter of time before Liverpool will score but it was Arsenal who took the breakthrough on 36th minute. Mascherano gave the ball away to  Nasri who beautifully passed to Fabregas who set up Arshavin to score the opener.

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Macheda Rescues Manchester United Once Again

Who said lightning does not strike twice. It certainly was the case as Kiko Macheda once again scored the winner against Sunderland that sent Manchester United back to the top of Premier League. It was again a poor display from United as they battled against a spirited Sunderland side fighting to avoid relegation. United took the lead in the first half lead through a Paul Scholes header. It looked things will be comfortable for United from then on but Sunderland showed a tremendous fight back and scored in the second half when Kenwyne Jones scored from close range. But then Macheda was introduced in the 75th minute and he scored the goal from his first touch sending in a Carrick shot.

With Liverpool comfortable beating Blackburn 4 – 0 in an early kick off, the pressure was on United. Keeping in mind the Champions League game at Porto next week, Sir Alex rested Evra, Van Der Sar and Ronaldo for the game with Berbatov partnering Tevez up front and Rooney playing on the left. There was no Rio Ferdinand but Evans passed a late fitness test to partner Vidic up front. United dominated the opening periods of the game and there first real chance came in the 15th minute when a Vidic header was cleared off the line. But United were soon took tool the lead when a teasing cross from Rooney on the left allowed Scholes to head over Gordon for the opening goal. But as it has been the case with United in recent weeks, the failed to capitalise on the opening goal and it was Sunderland who started causing United all cause of problems. read more »

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