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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

EPL: Red Devils Lost 1 Goal To 2 Against Gunners At the Emirates Stadium


The emirates stadium, where the European champions were at odds with Arsenal. Still the London side knows that threat lies with the Manchester team as things are very obvious to change after the coming fixtures.

It was the 22nd minute when Nasri's deflected shot opened the score; later on the lead was doubled three minutes after the half time (48th minute) when Cesc Fabregas helped Nasri to give him a clean finishing.

Rafael Pereira da Silva who is a Brazilian & normally plays as a defender in a right back position, but can also play on the right side of midfield. Rafael saved the red devils from a clean sheet loss after he scored a goal with typical extravagance.

Although Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo got some obvious openings wasted away, but the team can have no serious complaints about the result. A little bit of composure and the result could’ve been somehow different. Still there’s nothing much to worry about as the season is just entering the peak where the team would probably get to be steady and consistent. In the final minute of usual time, Silvestre headed Giggs' cross clear as far as the edge of his own area, where Rafael took a touch on his chest and shot a dramatic left-footed volley past substitute goalkeeper Fabianski, who was earlier replaced by the injured Almuna. It’s only a matter of fixtures now when the red devils start to make winning a habit. After all, kings and lions always have a late entry in the scenes.

It was United, however, who had the first opportunity when Arsenal keeper Almunia inexplicably picked up a backpass from Mikael Silvestre inside the first two minutes. Great build-up play between Neville, Ronaldo and Park ended with Rooney’s bend effort being carried out by Almunia, before Berbatov converted the loose ball, having been lurking in an offside position.

Match Facts:

Arsenal ----------------------- Man Utd

15 --------Total Shots -------- 23

5 --------On Target -------- 6

18 --------Fouls-------- 8

1 --------Offside -------- 2

46% -----Possession ----- 54%

3 Y --------Cards -------- 2 Y

5 --------Saves --------3

Match facts tell the story of Man Utd’s Hard Luck! It wazn’t their day actually otherwise the result would have been in United’s favor as they were on top at the pitch. Although United lost its encounter against Gunners but its hopes for the EPL title are still alive.

No Worries United - Forever United

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