Sunday, September 17, 2006

United out played by Gunners...

United lost 1-0 to Arsenal courtesy of a late goal by Adebayor, after Cesc Fabregas caught United's Cristiano Ronaldo in possession and Adebayor found the net from his threaded pass. United had a touch of fortune early in the first half when Gilberto Silver slipped when takiing a penalty after United's new keeper Tomasz Kuszczak brought down Adebayor inside the box.

In truth Arsenal deserved this victory, even Fergie admitted that after the game. United seemed to be heavy legged all over the park and in particular Scholes and Rooney looked off key. Rooney clearly is less than 100% fit. Whether this is due to his injury problems over the summer, or his lay-offs through suspension, it's hard to say, but it's a bit of a worry for United fans.

Arsenal controlled the midfield for long spells, which is contrary to Fergie's view of the game. After the game the United manager suggested the Celtic game might have taken a lot out of his players, but Arsenal had a difficult away game in Europe, so surely it was the same for them. It was a lame excuse. United did have chances to score, most notably through Ronaldo in the first half, his point blank effort was saved by the Arsenal keeper, taking the full force of Ronaldo's volley on his Teutonic forehead - if nothing else, it brought a few smiles to the United fans faces.

Earlier on in the day, there was more bad news for the red army as Chelsea beat Liverpool by the same margin with a wonder goal by Didier Drogba. Liverpool didn't deserve to lose and created by far the better of the chances. Another German, Ballack got his marching orders following a stamp on Sissoko.

It was a very good day for the Cockney's. United and Liverpool will be left to lick their wounds and reflect on poor performances and bad luck respectively.

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