Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal
Wahahaha both drop pts! We're level on pts with Arsenal now. Next weekend, we'll show them!
liverpool damn lucky to get away with it
i watch 60+ mins and got bored with the match lol
Arsenal also cork up, at least Marseille can win at Anfield. Anfield is no longer the fortress. Win 1 and draw 4 and that win was against Derby. Great time to play Liverpool at Anfield.
Hargreaves glad to be back
Injury has ravaged Owen Hargreaves' start to life as a United player, so it's little surprise that he savoured every second of Saturday's win over Middlesbrough.
The England midfielder played 65 minutes of United's 4-1 victory, and turned in another typically combative performance on only his fourth Reds appearance.
"It’s been very stop and start," Owen told MUTV. "You just want to get involved, it’s great to get back in the team and have a game, especially when the game is won.
"I’ve been out for quite some time, so I’m a bit sore, a bit stiff, but those things are part and parcel when you’ve been out. We’ve got a few days before the Arsenal game, so we’ll try and do things right so that I’m fit."
Hargreaves' injury absence has been an unusual one, with recurring knee problems, and he makes no attempt to hide his frustration at being repeatedly sidelined.
"It’s been frustrating because I’ve really had it since the end of last season," he said. "I’ve spoken to a lot of doctors and specialists, and they’ve explained to me that it’s not really a problem with the knee, it’s a structural problem with the biomechanics.
"For some reason my body’s not happy with the way it is, so you need insoles and things to correct that. I’ve been trying to get round it and find the answer because I don’t want to miss any games, I want to be fit for the rest of the season."
Super Nani shines
Sir Alex's decision to plump for Nani ahead of Ryan Giggs on Saturday paid dividends for the United boss, with the Portuguese wonder-kid lighting up the Reds' 4-1 win over Middlesbrough.
Nani kick-started the goal spree with a long-range missile in the third minute… after coming in off the left wing and beating three Boro defenders.
"He doesn't score tap-ins," Sir Alex joked on MUTV. "He's a thunderbolt-hitter. It was a fantastic goal and Nani's coming along very nicely. I thought it would be refreshing to use him today instead of Ryan Giggs. I've got next Saturday to think about [so I rested Ryan] but Nani came on and had a good impact."
The 20-year-old had a hand in most of the Reds' meaningful attacks, particularly in the first half, and his contribution didn't escape striker Wayne Rooney.
"He came in today and did really well," Rooney said. "His goal was a great strike – it bent and dipped all over the place."
Nani's two United goals have both come at Old Trafford, and both with the scores locked at 0-0.
Boss salutes 'amazing' Reds
Another 4 goals for the next matchSir Alex was delighted with United's fourth four-goal haul in as many matches, but admitted the Reds almost let Middlesbrough back into the game.
Nani fired United into the lead in the third minute, only for former Arsenal forward Jeremie Aliadiere to equalise three minutes later.
"For weeks people were going on about our 1-0 wins but now they're going on about us scoring four. It's amazing!" the manager told MUTV. "Some of the attacking play today was very good, although when we got in front we took our foot off the pedal. We started running with the ball, didn't play the way we normally play and paid the penalty.
"We weren't getting to the ball quick enough and I think the players really needed a wake-up call, and that's exactly what their goal did to us. Credit to Middlesbrough for that 20-minute period where they got in and about us."
Gareth Southgate's side may have made things difficult for the Reds in the first half, but the second period was all United and the match ended 4-1.
"There was no doubt we were on top in the second half," Sir Alex agreed. "There was far more concentration, our attacking play improved and we could have scored a lot of goals."
The boss was particularly impressed with Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney, who linked superbly for United's third.
"I think that goal sums up their partnership. It was all about quick-thinking, great vision and, you know, the courage to even try that. Wayne could have taken another touch but he knew Tevez was making that run and a little backheel put him in on goal. It was a fantastic goal and hopefully we're going to see a more complete partnership."
Scholes sent for second scan
Paul Scholes will visit a specialist on Monday to ascertain the extent of his knee injury.
Sir Alex Ferguson is hopeful the influential 32-year-old midfielder will not face a long spell on the sidelines.
Scholes picked up the injury as he turned in training at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv the night before United's Group F clash. He had a scan upon his return to Manchester, but the results were inconclusive.
Now a visit to another specialist is required to determine the true nature of the problem.
"The first scan did not clearly show the problem," said Sir Alex. "We’re sending Paul to another specialist on Monday to ascertain what damage, if any, there is. It could be something, it could be nothing.
"Obviously he is out of the Middlesbrough match. It was a strange one, he just felt a click in his knee when he turned in training on Monday.
"Hopefully it’s not going to be a long one, but we’ll know better on Monday."
Report: United 4 Boro 1
Middlesbrough have traditionally held something of a hoodoo over United at Old Trafford, but even they had no answer to another vibrant attacking display from Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
Goals from Nani, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez (twice) invalidated an early equaliser from Jeremie Aliadiere and put United on top of the Barclays Premier League, ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Liverpool on Sunday.
Following on from convincing victories over Wigan, Aston Villa and Dynamo Kyiv, the scoreline also marked a fourth-consecutive four-goal haul, equalling a club record set back in the 1907/08 season.
The only noteworthy change to Sir Alex Ferguson’s line-up saw Owen Hargreaves return for only his fourth United appearance, his first taste of action since the victory over Sunderland on September 1.
Whereas Boro traditionally come to Old Trafford with a stifling approach clearly at the fore, Gareth Southgate’s 4-4-2 formation suggested the potential for an open game, and Nani's early goal bore that out in style.
Just three minutes had passed when he picked the ball up on the left flank, just inside the Boro half. The Portuguese winger beat three defenders, cut inside and sent goalwards a scorching 30-yard drive which arced over the flailing Schwarzer.
Less than two minutes later, Tevez could have doubled the Reds’ lead. The Argentine striker was sent clean through, but his attempt to lift the ball over Schwarzer was thwarted by the Australian stopper.
United would rue that miss moments later as the visitors drew level. Turkish striker Tuncay, who scored a hat-trick for Fenerbahce in his last appearance against the Reds, did superbly to outfox John O’Shea and send in a cross, which Aliadiere glanced in off van der Sar’s far post.
The Turk proved troublesome again after 24 minutes, curling in another fine cross which Stewart Downing headed wastefully past the far post. Boro were by no means bossing the game, but they were certainly proving a handful on the counter-attack.
United, as per, were enjoying the lion’s share of possession, and responded to Downing’s near-miss with one of their own, as Ronaldo latched onto Rooney’s pass and sent a left-footed shot skidding just past Schwarzer’s post.
Downing was heavily involved again as United retook the lead after 32 minutes. The England international dwelled on the ball inside his own area and, as he attempted to pass clear, Nani nicked the ball to Rooney, who hammered a shot past Schwarzer and in.
The Australian was called into action again moments later as United sought to extend their lead. A spell of heavy pressure ended with O’Shea sliding the ball back to Ronaldo, whose low sidefooted effort was held just in front of the line.
1998 goal against Barcelona, scored with similarly intuitive front-play.
With a two-goal lead established, Sir Alex opted to bring on Darren Fletcher and Gerard Pique for some much-needed playing time, as they replaced Hargreaves and Ferdinand respectively, while Ryan Giggs replaced Anderson. There was no disruption to United’s attacking flow, however, and they grabbed a fourth goal with five minutes remaining.
Rooney broke from deep inside his own half and left Cattermole trailing in his wake before picking out Tevez, who cut inside and, although his goal-bound shot struck Taylor’s arm, it bounced down into the ground and past the hapless Schwarzer.
And with that, United had equalled a century-old record and moved to the top of the Premier League table, with a tantalising trip to title rivals Arsenal looming next weekend.
Manchester United: Van der Sar; Brown, Vidic, Ferdinand (Pique, 73), O’Shea; Ronaldo, Hargreaves (Fletcher, 66), Anderson (Giggs, 78), Nani; Tevez, Rooney.
Subs not used: Kuszczak, Simpson.
Middlesbrough: Schwarzer; Young, Woodgate, Wheater, Taylor; O’Neil, Cattermole (Boateng, 90), Rochemback, Downing; Tuncay (Lee, 80), Aliadiere (Hutchinson, 55).
Subs not used: Turnbull, Hines.
U18s: Blackburn 2 United 3
A late goal from skipper Corry Evans gave United's U18s a superb come-from-behind victory at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday morning.
The Reds found themselves two goals down in the first half and suffered the setback of a penalty miss from James Derbyshire, but the same player coolly halved the arrears just before the interval to haul United back into the game.
Federico Macheda then latched onto a superb pass from Magnus Eikrem, rounded the goalkeeper and restored parity, before Evans took advantage of time and space to lash home from outside the box and seal a remarkable comeback.
Seriously...this is one hell of a match I will pay to watch(if it's pay per view)......Somehow I am very optimistic when Fergie finally convinced to let the youngsters start....Giggs, Scholes, Neville should stay on the bench for good....I also hope Van der Sar get bench so that Kuzy got a chance.....Wonder between MU and Gunner....who has the lower average players age
Well its official, Scholes will be out for 3 months. That is bad news going to the Arsenal match. Playing away and their squad is almost full strength except RVP, it will be very tough for Man Utd. Our fullbacks, Neville and Evra are still not fit. So is Carrick and Scholes in midfield. Up front, Saha is out cold again. With an injury ravaged squad and playing away, it will be tough but I'm confident Man Utd can pull something off.
If only we have a full strength squad......it will be interesting.