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Man Utd thrash Fulham 4 – 0 to reach FA Cup Semifinal

Manchester United stayed in contention for all the trophies this season as they thrashed Fulham 4 – 0 at the Craven cottage. A brace from Tevez and goals from Rooney and Park were enough for United to seal the place in the last 4 of the FA cup.

Manchester United started with a strong lineup with Cristiano Ronaldo and Berbatov being rested and Rooney partnering Tevez up front. United almost got a dream start when a mistake by Hangelande let Tevez in but Schwarzer mead a great one hand save and Pantsil preventied Rooney from scoring the followup. Van Der Sar was almost embarrassed again when a Andy Johnson tried to control a long ball with his leg. Van Der Sar misjudged the ball and ball was moving towards goal line but Vidic prevented it from crossing the line. With United misplacing a lot of there passes, Fulham started gaining confidence and a Dempsey header from a Zamora cross was well saved by Van Der Sar. read more »

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Manchester United thrash Arsenal

Man Utd 4 – 0 Arsenal

(Rooney 16 , Fletcher 20,74, Nani 38)

Rooney Scoring the openerManchester United produced a blistering display to send Arsenal out of the FA cup fifth round. Even the absence of Ronaldo, Giggs and Tevez did not stop them from dominating the game. Rooney scored the first goal from a cross on 16th minute and Darren Fletcher scored another headed goal from Nani’s cross four minutes later. Carrick then set up Nani to score the third and Nani again set up Darren Fletcher to score the fourth through the header on 74 minutes.

Nani getting the third Both sides decided to rest some key players in view of there crucial champions league matches next week. United were without Ronaldo and Giggs while Tevez and Paul Scholes were on the bench. Arsenal also kept Adebayor and Flamini on the bench. But it was Arsenal who missed there key players the most in the opening half which was dominated by some superb performance from Rooney and Nani. Rooney, who missed the Derby match due to suspension made his return in an amazing fashion. He terrorized the Arsenal defense from the beginning and could have got around 4-5 goals alone. So great was his performance that even England manager Fabio Capello who was in the stands, applauded the striker when he was substituted with 20 minutes left.

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FA Cup Roundup

fergweng Before the fifth round draw of the FA cup, my sixth sense was telling me that Manchester United might get Arsenal, and when i saw the fifth round draw, I almost couldn’t believe it. Manchester United vs Arsenal, what a game that promises to be. Although i would have liked to see the two teams battling in the final, but I feel the game will be like a final. The teams are currently first and second in the league, and who can forget the classic 1999 semifinal which was settled by Ryan Giggs goal. The home advantage of United does give them a upper hand in the match but with these 2 sides, you just cant tell. Also as the ties take place during 16-17th Feb and both teams have big Champions League matches after some days, so it will be interesting to see what the teams might look like, which manager will give more importance to the FA cup. That can turn out to be a deciding factor here.

The magic of the cup lies in the fact that i opens a lot of opportunities for the non Premier League clubs also. This time we have only 6 Premier League teams left in the competition. And even after the fifth round, there will be at least 3 non Premier League teams in the quarter final. Although i don’t expect any of them to win the title, they do provide great matches and entertainment. Just look at the fourth round match between conference side Havant and Liverpool. Even though the score line of 5-2 suggests that Liverpool won it comfortably, that was not the case. Liverpool had to come from behind twice to beat them. Sheff Utd fought hard and knocked Manchester City out. These cup games can take so much pressure of the manager. Who might answer it better than Sheff Utd manager Bryan Robson who was booed by there own fans after loss to Sheff Wed but a Cup win against a Premier League club has changed all that and not to mention a home game against a Premier league club.

Liverpool and Chelsea have got relatively easy home games against Barnsley and Huddersfield. Portsmouth are traveling to face Preston. Portsmouth are another team that have a great chance in the cup. They have been fantastic this season in the league as well. Whatever happens , the next round is definitely going to be interesting.

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