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    Giggs on for Nani!

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    20mins left Tevez on for Rooney!

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    Wah beautiful setup ...but alas into the keepers arms!

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    Gone Case liao left 3min!

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    Rafeal Scores!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful long range!!!!
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    Wah 6mins extra time cant score another! Game over 2-1 to gooners!

    Real end to end stuff cant sit down man but gooners take their chances well. We just lack the luck! Last 20mins really ding dongin around the 2 sets of midfielder passing to each other!

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    Ouch ! Alumia face.

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    Report: Arsenal 2 United 1

    A double from French forward Samir Nasri condemned United to a second defeat of the season, and moved Arsenal ahead of the champions in the Premier League table.

    The Gunners' summer signing from Marseille struck with 20-yard efforts in either half, while United had only Rafael's late consolation to show after passing up a string of chances. Wayne Rooney, Anderson, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ji-sung Park were all unable to find a way past Manuel Almunia, while Gael Clichy was a touch fortunate to survive a first-half penalty claim for handball.

    The first half was a captivating affair, with chances cropping up from the get-go. In the first minute, Manuel Almunia picked up an errant back-pass from former Reds defender Mikael Silvestre and, from the resultant free-kick, Anderson’s effort was inadvertently blocked by Ji-sung Park, and Michael Carrick sent the rebound just wide.

    After eight minutes, the Reds went one better and found a route past Almunia, only for Berbatov to see his goal chalked off. Great build-up play between Neville, Ronaldo and Park ended with Rooney’s curling effort being parried out by Almunia, before Berbatov converted the loose ball, having been lurking in an offside position.

    In response, Gael Clichy fizzed in a superb left-wing cross which found Bendtner in-between Ferdinand and Vidic, but the Dane could only guide his free header over the bar. Two minutes later, he was again guilty of a glaring miss, failing to apply any kind of touch to Nasri’s in-swinging cross.

    That move was exceptional, but bettered by a piece of United teamwork in the 18th minute. Anderson skipped away from Fabregas and found Berbatov’s run inside the area. The Bulgarian fed Ronaldo, who slid a ball back for Rooney, but the England striker fired over when well-placed, 15 yards out.

    For a game of such speed and incision, it was far from fitting that the opening goal came from a set-piece and a deflection. A right-wing free kick from Fabregas was headed clear by Berbatov, as far as Nasri on the edge of the area. The Frenchman’s left-footed strike took a telling deflection off Neville en route, leaving van der Sar helpless as the ball sped past him.

    United’s response was to dominate possession immediately afterwards. After Gallas had prevented Evra bursting into the Arsenal area, Ronaldo's perfectly drilled in-swinging free-kick clipped Clichy’s head, but somehow inched past the far post.

    The game continued at a breathless pace, with Walcott firing a volley off-target for the Gunners and Park having a fine left-footed effort powerfully parried away by Almunia. The Reds had a reasonable shout for a penalty turned down when Rooney's cross struck the arm of Clichy inside the area, before Anderson wormed himself through a cluster of Gunners defenders, but saw his close-range effort clutched gratefully by Almunia.

    Somehow, just the one goal was the collective end product of some superb attacking play from both sides. Within two minutes of the restart, however, Arsenal struck again. Fabregas turned Neville and slid a pass to Nasri, who took advantage of space created by Walcott's run to drill a fine shot high past van der Sar.

    Little more than a minute had passed when United had a glorious chance to pull a goal back. Park again worked well down the left and curled in a delightful back-post cross, but Ronaldo sidefooted fractionally past the far post.

    Had that opening been converted, Arsenal's nerve would have been tested. As it was, the hosts were able to regroup, and proceeded to defend as if their lives depended on it. Time and again a home defender applied a telling touch or block to curtail a United forward foray, ensuring an afternoon of frustration for the Reds.

    Sir Alex Ferguson introduced Rafael, Ryan Giggs and Carlos Tevez as the second period wore on, with a view to injecting more attacking incision, and it was the young Brazilian who belatedly gave his side hope.

    In the final minute of normal time, Silvestre headed Giggs' cross clear as far as the edge of his own area, where Rafael took a touch on his chest and lashed a stunning left-footed volley past substitute goalkeeper Fabianski, who had earlier replaced the injured Almunia.

    It was too little, too late though - despite six minutes of injury time - as the Reds were unable to forge another opening and were left to rue a glut of spurned first half opportunities.

    Team line-ups
    ARSENAL: Almunia (Fabianski 78); Sagna, Gallas, Silvestre, Clichy; Walcott (Song 78), Denilson, Diaby (Toure 86), Fabregas, Nasri; Bendtner.
    Substitutes: Vela, Ramsey, Wilshere, Djourou.
    Booked: Gallas, Sagna, Clichy

    MANCHESTER UNITED: Van der Sar; Neville (Rafael 63), Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Ronaldo, Carrick, Anderson (Giggs 72), Park; Berbatov, Rooney (Tevez 77).
    Subs not used: Kuszczak, Nani, O’Shea, J Evans.
    Booked: Evra, Carrick


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    Ratings: Arsenal
    Edwin van der Sar
    Little he could do with either Arsenal goal, van der Sar was otherwise called into action on crosses, as Arsenal targeted Nicklas Bendtner up front.

    Gary Neville
    Young Nasri was brilliant on the wing and would have caused trouble for any defender on this day. Gary was desperately unlucky to deflect Arsenal’s first past Edwin.

    Rio Ferdinand
    But for some timely interventions and brave work in the air from Rio, Arsenal may have had even more joy. He may have just turned 30 but you wouldn’t know it.

    Nemanja Vidic
    Nemanja was given a thorough examination by bustling centre-forward Nicklas Bendtner. Vida kept his composure though and, one-on-one, tackled superbly.

    Patrice Evra
    Patrice’s forays forward were rare in the first hour, but he was livelier as the Reds pushed to get back into the match.

    Cristiano Ronaldo
    Fouled with alarming regularity in the first half, Ronny struggled to gain a foothold on the game. He consistently beat his first man, but was ultimately left frustrated.

    Anderson
    The Brazilian made a bright start, picking his passes well in midfield. Try as he might, however, he couldn’t provide the killer final ball.

    Michael Carrick
    Playing as a deep-lying midfielder, Carrick offered support to United’s back four, tackling well and spreading the ball across the pitch. Unlucky to be booked for his challenge on Almunia.

    Ji-sung Park
    Park worked hard all afternoon and almost snuck a low shot past Almunia in the first half. He made clever runs from deep, tackled well, and was generally one of the Reds’ best.

    Wayne Rooney
    A frustrating outing for Wayne, who’d previously had much joy at the Emirates. Little came off for the striker, although his luck did start to change in the second half.

    Dimitar Berbatov
    The Bulgarian thrives with the ball at his feet but at the Emirates the service simply wasn’t there. Instead, the Reds’ usual short passing game gave way to long balls.

    SUBSTITUTES

    Rafael (on for Neville, 63)
    His first United goal was a cracker and it’s unfortunate this was an occasion most United fans will want to forget. On as a defender, he also did well in that department, clattering into Denilson near the halfway line.

    Ryan Giggs (on for Anderson, 72)
    Brought on to add some composure to United’s midfield, his experience seemed to help edge the Reds back into the match.

    Carlos Tevez (on for Rooney, 77)
    A fleeting appearance, Tevez had little chance to make much impact.


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    Boss rues missed chances

    Sir Alex Ferguson was rueful, but not disheartened after watching his side edged out in a thrilling game against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

    Samir Nasri's double gave the Gunners all three points, while United passed up a string of decent chances - including one gilt-edged opportunity for Cristiano Ronaldo shortly after Nasri's second - before Rafael's late consolation strike.

    "The chances we had in the game were incredible," Sir Alex told Sky Sports. "It was the area in which we let ourselves down. I think if we'd got one when Ronaldo got his great chance, then we'd have got something out of the game.

    "It was fantasy football, it was like playground stuff - you attack, we attack - and they got the goals that mattered. In fairness to my own team, after the second goal their determination and drive to try and rescue the game was fantastic, and we probably deserved something from the game, I think."

    After watching his side play a huge part in a pulsating game, the United manager felt the whole affair was a tremendous advert for attacking football.

    "Some of the football out there today from both teams was magnificent," he said. "I don't think you'll see a game as good as that anywhere else in the country.

    "Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say 'if you're going to get beaten, just make sure it's someone who's going to play football', and Arsenal played good football at times. Not as dangerous as us in attacking play, but they got the goals that mattered."

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    Although Man Utd lost, but this is easily the best game of the season so far... thumbs up to both teams for keeping the momentum going and the temper down...
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    Sad to see that we lost 2-1 last night but I must say that we did not played too well. A lot of times we are sloppy in getting the ball or in defence. The opponents are always in the box with a lot of space or UNMARKED and we are always waiting for the ball to reach our feet during a pass allowing the opponent to intercept the pass easily.

    If we had done better and luck was shining on us last night we would have won hands down.

    I was quite disappointed. Hopefully we can wake up and start producing results if we still want to retain the title.
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    The schedule also is very tough on Man Utd. After every CL game midweek, its an away game in the weekend. So far its Liv, Everton and Arsenal away and all drop pts. Its not easy.

    But Arsenal defended well and Man Utd din take its chances. Lot of chance and had more shots on goal but din convert. Its like against the Celtic game. Ronaldo also had a few chances where I tot he will shoot and normally would but he choose to pass instead.

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    Sir Alex set to ring changes

    Sir Alex Ferguson will continue his policy of youth alongside older, more experienced heads when the Reds take on Queens Park Rangers in the Carling Cup fourth round at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

    After handing out four first United starts and three debuts outright in the 3-1 third round win over Middlesbrough, the Reds boss is set for a similar approach as he rings the changes after Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat to Arsenal.

    Sir Alex says: “The younger ones who will play will be Jonny Evans, Rodrigo Possebon, Rafael, Darron Gibson, Danny Welbeck – who is back playing now in the Reserves after overcoming injury – and possibly Manucho. The rest of the team will be filled by the first team squad.”

    It’s a comeback to first-team action for Brazilian midfielder Possebon, who suffered a nasty injury in the last round after a crunching tackle from Emanuel Pogatetz. Initial fears of a broken leg or damaged knee ligaments thankfully did not materialise, and it will be a welcome return to the Old Trafford stage for the creative 19-year-old midfielder.

    “There’s absolutely no problem with the boy now,” added the boss. “We did worry at the time, but fortunately he was OK.”

    However, there’s still not a chance for United fans to Fabio, twin brother of Rafael, who hit a wonderful volley against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium at the weekend. Fabio, who plays on the left side of defence had an operation on his shoulder recently and won’t recover in time to play.
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    Welbeck is raring to go

    Danny Welbeck did everything but score on his United debut in the 3-1 Carling Cup third round win over Middlesbrough. Now, he’s looking to build on that display against Queens Park Rangers.

    Sir Alex intends to start the 17-year-old striker against Rangers on Tuesday at OT. Danny is keen to avenge a missed chance against Boro, when goalkeeper Brad Jones denied him at the start of the second half.

    “I’ve seen the replay and I could maybe have done better," he tells United Review. "It was a good save, but scoring on my debut would have been perfect.

    “I’m just looking forward to the next chance I get - hopefully against QPR. We’re wary of the threat they pose. It’ll be tough because they’ll be at us from the first whistle. I’ve watched a few of QPR’s games this season and they look decent, but we’re ready to go – whoever plays.”
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    Papers: New deal for Ron?

    11/11/2008 09:09
    Behave and you get a deal, Ron
    Cristiano Ronaldo will get a pay rise - if he proves his loyalty to Manchester United. Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes met Red Devils chiefs yesterday to discuss the possibility of a new deal. But United made it clear they will not upgrade Ronnie’s £120,000-per-week contract unless he demonstrates his desire to stay at Old Trafford - and that means all talk of a move to Real Madrid is banned. But the Portugal winger can expect a new mega-bucks deal at the end of this season if he behaves himself and continues to play well. The Premier League champs do not want to put themselves in a position where any top player who is targeted by another club will expect a new deal. That is why Ronaldo has been told he must wait and show his worth in the meantime.
    Ian McGarry, The Sun
    The Daily Mirror also tip Ronaldo for an upgraded contract, but claim that the Portuguese winger is pushing for £170,000 per week.
    While Ronaldo is allegedly in line for a new deal, The Sun casts doubt over the future of club captain Gary Neville. The 33-year-old is in the final year of his contract, and is yet to be offered an extension, according to Neil Custis.
    Rafael Benitez has sought to quell Merseyside giddyness. Liverpool are currently joint top of the Premier League, eight points ahead of United, but the Spaniard says: “When the gap is 20 points, then I will relax."
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    Boss finds Da Silva lining
    Sir Alex Ferguson reserved special praise for Brazilian youngster Rafael after United's defeat at Arsenal.

    The 18-year-old replaced Gary Neville after 63 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, and capped a superb display with a wonderfully-taken first goal for the club.

    Although the 20-yard volley ultimately proved to be little more than a consolation, the manager was full of praise for Rafael's efforts.

    "The boy's such a gutsy character, and he's got such talent," Sir Alex told MUTV. "He's got great courage to play.

    "He's got the Brazilian mentality of 'give me the ball, I want to play', and every time we get the ball, he wants the ball. It's a great attribute to have for such a young kid."
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    Edwin remains upbeat

    Despite only having taken one point from a possible nine against their main title rivals, Edwin van der Sar says the Reds remain upbeat over their Championship chances.

    The Dutch goalkeeper felt luck went against United in the 2-1 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday lunchtime.

    The 38-year-old was powerless to do anything about both of the Gunners' goals from Samir Nasri - the first a deflected effort, the second a stunning finish.

    Van der Sar says the Reds must move on from this latest setback and ensure they take maximum points from the return games against the major challengers at Old Trafford.

    "I think we’ve been unlucky in all three of the games against the big sides," he told ManUtd.com. "But we’re not concerned and we're still confident.

    "We’ve played all three away from home now and we know they have to come to Old Trafford. We have to make sure we get maximum points from those games.

    "This defeat is a blow," he added. "If we’d had won we would have kept Arsenal below us but now we’ve let them back in.

    "It’s a tough place to come to and Arsenal play good football, but we should have done better than that. We had a very good start and in the first 10 or 15 minutes we created a couple of good chances.

    "If we’d had scored our goal a little earlier we would have had time to put them under pressure. In the end it was too late."
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    Boss salutes patient display

    Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted to see his young charges overcome a battling Queens Park Rangers side and book their place in the Carling Cup quarter-finals.

    Carlos Tevez's 75th-minute penalty was the difference between the two teams, although the visitors had goalkeeper Radek Cerny to thank on numerous occasions in the second half as he beat away efforts from Tevez, Nani and Anderson.

    Sir Alex felt the victory was fully deserved and praised his side's attitude throughout a rain-sodden 90 minutes.

    "The conditions made things a bit difficult in terms of the ball coming off the surface quickly, but I think we controlled that part well," he told MUTV.

    "We played with good patience and good speed and stretched them really well.

    "QPR haven't lost a lot of goals recently and they defended very well as we expected. So it was always going to be tough.

    "But overall I'm very pleased by the attitude of the players, they worked very hard and we're all delighted to get through."

    The Reds were again guilty of not converting their chances, but Sir Alex is confident it won't be long before the tide turns in United's favour.

    "We're used to teams coming here and defending. But what we did well was making sure we had them on the edge of their box for most of the game," he said. "It was just a matter of opening up and getting the first chance which proved difficult to begin with.

    "We ended up creating a lot in the end, but at this moment they're just not going in for us. But it'll come."
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    Report: United 1 QPR 0

    United’s mixture of youth and experience reached the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup after overcoming a dogged Queens Park Rangers at a bitterly cold Old Trafford.

    The Reds were much-changed after the weekend defeat by Arsenal but had enough to see off the Championship side in a scrappy game which only spluttered into life late in the second half.

    Carlos Tevez broke the visitors' resistance from the penalty spot with 15 minutes left and United saw out the rest of the game without great alarm to reach the last eight for the first time since lifting the trophy three seasons ago.

    As expected, Sir Alex Ferguson opted to rest several of his senior players and hand starts to youngsters Jonny Evans, Darron Gibson and Rodrigo Possebon – the latter for the first time since suffering a leg injury in the last round against Middlesbrough.

    And the Brazilian midfielder almost got on the end of Anderson’s sixth-minute corner, only to see the ball nicked from the top of his head.

    Tevez started as the only out-and-out striker and was determined to impress, twice testing Radek Cerny from the edge of the box early on and then shaving the near post with a flick-on from John O’Shea’s cross.

    Rangers, playing in a 4-5-1 formation, were largely effective in restricting United to long-range strikes in the first period. Anderson stung Cerny’s palms from the edge of the box, while Saturday’s goalscorer Rafael tried his luck again but his left-foot shot sailed over.

    That said, the visitors offered nothing going forward, with Tomasz Kuszczak given little to do other than endure the freezing Manchester night air.

    United began the second half with greater intent and Nani sent a flashing drive past Cerny’s right-hand post.

    Ji-sung Park then went even closer with a rising shot that smacked the post after Rafael had superbly outfoxed two Rangers defenders on the byline.

    Tevez was denied again minutes later as Cerny tipped over his powerful drive from an acute angle, before the Rangers keeper parried another drive from Anderson, still seeking his first Reds goal.

    Danny Welbeck, whose only previous first-team appearance this season came in the last round of this competition, replaced Possebon with 20 minutes to go and had an immediate impact as he won the decisive penalty.

    The pacy young striker ran onto Nani’s pass on the left-hand side of the box, poked the ball past Peter Ramage and was upended by the former Newcastle defender, leaving referee Phil Dowd with little choice but to point to the spot.

    Tevez stepped up to send Cerny the wrong way and all but end any hopes Rangers had of forcing extra-time.

    Gareth Ainsworth’s side were, however, forced to come out of their shell and Dexter Blackstock saw a shot blocked before substitute Samuel Di Carmine was flagged offside as he diverted the ball home.

    Nani twice could have sealed it but Cerny was again on hand to deny him, before Emmanuel Ledesma curled QPR’s best chance of the game wide at the death.

    No matter, United held on and are in the hat for the next round, just reward for another sound performance from Ferguson’s youngsters.

    Manchester United: Kuszczak; Rafael, Evans, Neville (Vidic 90), O'Shea; Gibson, Anderson, Possebon (Welbeck 72); Nani, Park, Tevez.
    Subs not used: Foster, Carrick, Manucho, Cleverley, Gray.

    Queens Park Rangers: Cerny; Stewart, Connolly, Hall, Ramage Mahon; Parejo (Ledesma 46), Buzsaky (Agyemang 33), Rowlands, Cook (Di Carmine 78); Blackstock.
    Subs not used: Delaney, Gorkss, Ephraim, Cole.
    Attendance: 62,539.
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