Monday December 13, 2010 Day 17 Finished Old Trafford

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  1. Park sends United top

    Park sends United top

    Ji-Sung Park scored the winner as Manchester United returned to the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Arsenal
    • 90+4' FULL-TIME! Ji-Sung Park scored the winner as Manchester United returned to the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford.
    • 90+2' A desperate long ball drops to Walcott but he leans back and his volley is high over the top.
    • 90' Giggs last played in the 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion in October.
    • 89' Four minutes of added time!
    • 88' Great clearing header by Ferdinand as Van Persie looked to meet a cross at the far post.
    • 87' Rooney finds Giggs and continues his run but just a United corner.
    • 86' Rooney gets behind Koscielny but an audacious chip is clawed away by the leaping Szczesny.
    • 85' Anderson replaced by Ryan Giggs.
    • 84' Evra wins a tussle with Song and is then hacked down, an obvious caution.
    • 83' Vidic has been a rock all night and clears yet another cross.
    • 82' Rooney has missed four of his nine Premier League penalties and this was his third miss from the spot at Old Trafford.
    • 81' A deep free-kick into the United area but no great purchase on Chamakh’s header which dribbles through to Van der Sar.
    • 80' Arsenal’s only win in the last nine against United was a 2-1 victory at the Emirates in November 2008 – Samir Nasri scored both goals.
    • 79' Walcott in a more central position but his drive from 25 yards is no threat to Van der Sar.
    • 78' Early run from Walcott but his cross is headed clear by Vidic.
    • 77' The England winger replaces Arshavin.
    • 76' Theo Walcott preparing to come on.
    • 75' 15 minutes left and Arsenal still in the match. It was something of a harsh award as Clichy could do nothing about the ball hitting his arm as he sat on the ground. And perhaps justice was done as Rooney, after a bizarre circular run-up, hits his effort into the crowd.
    • 74' Webb has awarded more Premier League penalties to Manchester United (six) than he has to any other club.
    • 73' MISSED! Rooney smashes his spot kick, high over the crossbar!
    • 72' And Clichy is booked for good measure.
    • 71' PENALTY! Handball by Clichy as he slips and Nani hits the ball against his arm.
    • 70' It is getting a little spicy with Van Persie backing into Evra, Arsenal 14th foul compared to six by United.
    • 69' Arsenal upset after a hefty challenge by Ferdinand, with his knee raised, on Sagna.
    • 68' Anderson steers his shot wide of the post from 14 yards.
    • 67' Nani’s free-kick is cleared only as far as Evra on the edge of the penalty area but he makes a complete mess of his shot.
    • 66' Arsenal’s record in their last 10 games in all competitions against Man Utd and Chelsea is W0 D1 L9 F5 A22.
    • 65' Arshavin’s drive bounces in front of Van der Sar and is comfortably saved.
    • 64' Fabregas and Robin Van Persie replace Rosicky and Wilshere.
    • 63' Clichy heads away and Sagna then thumps clear as Arsenal prepare a double change.
    • 62' Rooney’s shot charged down by Squillaci and eventually Clichy concedes a corner.
    • 61' Wilshere is limping and Fabregas is getting ready to come on.
    • 60' Dancing feet from Rafael but he loses out on the edge of the penalty area.
    • 59' United fail to deal with the corner but Anderson wrestles the ball off Wilshere to spring a counter-attack. Clichy does superbly to foil the marauding Nani but the winger wins the ball back and then puts his shot over the crossbar. Great chance.
    • 58' Arsenal’s best spell and Nasri’s shot is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 57' Arsenal haven't managed to score twice in a top flight match at Old Trafford in their last 25 visits, since a 4-2 defeat in November 1984.
    • 56' Nasri twists and turns and his shot is saved low to his left by Van der Sar, the ball is only pushed out as far as Chamakh though but Vidic slides in block to the follow-up.
    • 55' It is almost four years since Arsenal recovered to beat Manchester United after conceding the first goal in a Premier League match.
    • 54' Rooney’s toe poke puts Anderson through on goal and he is denied by Szczesny who comes out and makes the starfish save made famous on this ground by Peter Schemichel.
    • 53' From the corner, Koscielny hooks the ball across the penalty area but no yellow shirt on hand to apply the finish.
    • 52' Sagna looks for Arshavin with a deep cross and Rafael is forced to nod behind and concede a corner.
    • 51' Nasri gets to the by-line and fizzes a ball across the six-yard box but the ball sticks to Van der Sar’s gloves.
    • 50' Nani’s corner is half cleared and eventually the move breaks down at the feet of Anderson in the penalty area.
    • 49' Anderson’s cross is headed over his own crossbar by Song.
    • 48' Rosicky’s diagonal drive is past Van der Sar’s far post.
    • 47' Manchester United have won their last 21 Premier League matches at Old Trafford in which they have led 1-0 at half-time. This run goes back over four years to a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in November 2006.
    • 47' Sagna’s cross is cleared by Vidic and United break with Nani’s shot charged down by Laurent Koscielny.
    • 46' No changes to either side at the start of the second-half.
    • 45+2' Anderson’s free-kick is low and poor and that is the last action of an opening period that sees United lead.
    • 45+1' Arshavin booked for sliding in on Fletcher.
    • 45' Two added minutes to be played.
    • 44' Nani’s long-range effort strikes the back of Wilshere…it was on target.
    • 43' Chamakh receives the first caution of the evening for a wild hack on Nani.
    • 42' Evra bursts into the penalty area but is met by a strong challenge from Sagna.
    • 41' Chance for an instant reply from Arsenal but Arshavin drags his shot past the post.
    • 40' GOAL UNITED!! Nani’s cross from the right deflects off Clichy and Ji-Sung Park adjusts his body quickly and directs his header in-off the post to give the hosts the lead.
    • 39' Fletcher furious after a challenge by Song and is also given a lecture for his protests as the Scot chases after the official and makes contact with him.
    • 38' Vidic lunges in on Chamakh and is given a warning by Webb.
    • 37' On the day Wojciech Szczesny was born, his opposite number this evening Edwin van der Sar was already part of Ajax's first team squad.
    • 36' Nani’s cross is claimed by Szczesny as Anderson goes down in the box to cries from the crowd.
    • 35' Michael Carrick picks out Rooney on the edge of the penalty area with a diagonal ball but Clichy nips the ball off him and is then fouled.
    • 34' Song looks to slide the ball through to Chamakh but cut out on the edge of the penalty area.
    • 33' United have not conceded in the first half of their last nine League matches, and they are the only club who have not been behind at half-time this season.
    • 32' Man-of-the-moment Nasri has had no real impact on the game thus far.
    • 31' Referee Webb at the centre of attention there. This is the fourth Premier League meeting between these two clubs which has been refereed by the South Yorkshire official. During his only Man Utd – Arsenal match at Old Trafford in 2008, Webb showed eight yellow cards.
    • 30' Darting run from Anderson and he wins a corner that Chamakh nods clear. Nani puts the follow-up back into the danger area and the ball strikes the hand of the Moroccan striker. Strong penalty claims are waved away.
    • 29' Szczesny has to be alert to come off his line and clear after Sagna leaves his back pass short.
    • 28' The Gunners work it short but the eventual delivery is too deep.
    • 27' And Arshavin forces the first corner of the match.
    • 26' A year ago on this day, Arsenal also played an away match at Big Four opposition, winning 2-1 at Anfield against Liverpool. The Gunners came back from a goal down with Andrey Arshavin scoring the winner in the 58th minute. It is their only win in their last seven visits to fellow Big Four clubs.
    • 25' Samir Nasri’s cross is over the head of Chamakh who goes down after being blocked off by Rafael. No penalty.
    • 24' Rooney curls an effort from the left hand side of the penalty area straight into the welcoming arms of Szczesny.
    • 23' Nani is just inches away from giving United the lead! Squillaci heads Darren Fletcher’s cross straight to the Portuguese whose first time shot flashes past the post.
    • 22' A slightly disappointing opening quarter – no clear cut chances yet.
    • 21' Arshavin’s speculative effort is screwed across the face of the goal.
    • 20' Clichy’s cross nodded away by Vidic once more.
    • 19' At 20 years and 239 days old, Wojciech Szczesny is the youngest goalkeeper to play in the Premier League this season and the youngest to ever play for Arsenal in the Premier League.
    • 18' Arshavin steals the ball in the right corner but his cross is too deep for Chamakh.
    • 17' Arsenal give the ball away cheaply and Park confronts Sebastien Squillaci on the edge of the penalty area but Song comes across to steal the ball.
    • 16' Clichy gallops down the left but his cross is cut out by Rafael.
    • 15' United can break their club record for best unbeaten start to the season. The only other club in the last 23 years of English top flight football to not be beaten in their first 16 matches is Arsenal (1990 and 2003).
    • 14' Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky try to play a 1-2 on the edge of the penalty area but the return ball by the Czech is just too heavy and then he commits a foul.
    • 13' Song penalised for blocking off Anderson but Nani’s free-kick from all of 35 yards is comfortably held by Szczesny.
    • 12' This is the 43rd meeting in all competitions between Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. Ferguson has won 18 and Wenger 15 but the Arsenal boss has only one win in the last nine.
    • 11' Chamakh gets across the face of Patrice Evra and meets Arshavin’s cross from the left with a stooping header but straight at Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 10' Rooney brings down a long ball, twists and turn on the edge of the penalty area and forces a save out of Szczesny who goes the wrong way but gets down to make the stop.
    • 9' Good probing run from Jack Wilshere but Chamakh is eventually penalised for rolling Rafael Da Silva.
    • 8' Confidence booster for Szczesny as he claims Nani’s cross from the left cleanly.
    • 7' Bacary Sagna bursts down the right flank but his cross intended for Marouane Chamakh is headed away by Nemanja Vidic.
    • 6' Gael Clichy fouls Nani but Anderson can't miss the first man with his free-kick.
    • 5' Arsenal’s first attacking threat and Andrey Arshavin feeds Alex Song who dallies too long on the edge of the penalty area and spurns a presentable shooting opportunity.
    • 4' Szczesny is yet to concede a goal for the club, having played in three League Cup matches (270 minutes).
    • 3' A nervy kick from the debutant but the ball bounces off Park and Rooney is offside.
    • 2' United as expected with a tight three in midfield – a formation that has proved successful against Arsenal in recent times.
    • 1' And the match begins at a noisy Old Trafford.
    • 19:57 Here come the teams!
    • 19:55 We need goals tonight. There have only been 18 goals scored so far this weekend, the low for this season is 20.
    • 19:50 Tonight’s referee will be no stranger to Fabregas or Van Persie, it is Howard Webb whose record-breaking 15-card performance in the World Cup final provoked a storm of criticism.
    • 19:45 Read Arsene Wenger’s exclusive blog ahead of the big game. Mind games key in United clash
    • 19:40 Manchester United host Arsenal at Old Trafford tonight for the latest instalment in one of English football's fiercest rivalries. They have faced off in some league and cup classics over the years, as we recall. Man Utd v Arsenal: Classic games
    • 19:35 It is United's first league outing since smashing seven goals past Blackburn and they are bidding to extend a five-match unbeaten run against the Gunners.
    • 19:30 Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has left Dimitar Berbatov on the bench with Wayne Rooney playing up front on his own. Rio Ferdinand is back after hamstring trouble but there is no place in the squad for Paul Scholes who has returned to training after a groin problem.
    • 19:25 Arsenal hand a shock call up to third-choice 20-year-old goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for the gigantic clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford tonight. Captain Cesc Fabregas is on the bench following hamstring trouble. Robin van Persie is also among the substitutes.
    • 19:20 TEAMS: Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Park. Subs: Kuszczak, Brown, Berbatov, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Obertan /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Rosicky, Wilshere, Nasri, Chamakh, Arshavin. Subs: Fabianski, Fabregas, van Persie, Walcott, Denilson, Djourou, Bendtner
    • 19:15 Manchester United and Arsenal go head to head with both teams chasing top spot in the Premier League and the bragging rights that come with a win in the usually heated encounters between the pair.
  • Summary

    • 86' Rooney gets behind Koscielny but an audacious chip is clawed away by the leaping Szczesny.
    • 73' MISSED! Rooney smashes his spot kick, high over the crossbar!
    • 71' PENALTY! Handball by Clichy as he slips and Nani hits the ball against his arm.
    • 59' United fail to deal with the corner but Anderson wrestles the ball off Wilshere to spring a counter-attack. Clichy does superbly to foil the marauding Nani but the winger wins the ball back and then puts his shot over the crossbar. Great chance.
    • 56' Nasri twists and turns and his shot is saved low to his left by Van der Sar, the ball is only pushed out as far as Chamakh though but Vidic slides in block to the follow-up.
    • 54' Rooney’s toe poke puts Anderson through on goal and he is denied by Szczesny who comes out and makes the starfish save made famous on this ground by Peter Schemichel.
    • 41' Chance for an instant reply from Arsenal but Arshavin drags his shot past the post.
    • 40' GOAL UNITED!! Nani’s cross from the right deflects off Clichy and Ji-Sung Park adjusts his body quickly and directs his header in-off the post to give the hosts the lead.
    • 30' Darting run from Anderson and he wins a corner that Chamakh nods clear. Nani puts the follow-up back into the danger area and the ball strikes the hand of the Moroccan striker. Strong penalty claims are waved away.
    • 23' Nani is just inches away from giving United the lead! Squillaci heads Darren Fletcher’s cross straight to the Portuguese whose first time shot flashes past the post.
    • 11' Chamakh gets across the face of Patrice Evra and meets Arshavin’s cross from the left with a stooping header but straight at Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 10' Rooney brings down a long ball, twists and turn on the edge of the penalty area and forces a save out of Szczesny who goes the wrong way but gets down to make the stop.
    • 19:20 TEAMS: Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Park. Subs: Kuszczak, Brown, Berbatov, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Obertan /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Rosicky, Wilshere, Nasri, Chamakh, Arshavin. Subs: Fabianski, Fabregas, van Persie, Walcott, Denilson, Djourou, Bendtner

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • E. van der Sar
      • Rafael
      • R. Ferdinand
      • N. Vidic
      • P. Evra
      • D. Fletcher
      • M. Carrick
      • Nani
      • Anderson Substitution Out (85′)
      • J. Park Goal
      • W. Rooney

      Subs

      • W. Brown
      • R. Giggs Substitution In85′
      • D. Berbatov
      • T. Kuszczak
      • G. Obertan
      • C. Smalling
      • J. Hernández
    • Starting line-up

      • W. Szczesny
      • B. Sagna
      • S. Squillaci
      • L. Koscielny
      • G. Clichy Yellow Card
      • A. Song Yellow Card
      • J. Wilshere Substitution Out (64′)
      • T. Rosický Substitution Out (64′)
      • S. Nasri Yellow Card
      • A. Arshavin Yellow Card Substitution Out (77′)
      • M. Chamakh Yellow Card

      Subs

      • C. Fábregas Substitution In64′
      • R. van Persie Substitution In64′
      • J. Djourou
      • N. Bendtner
      • T. Walcott Substitution In77′
      • L. Fabianski
      • Denílson
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