Comeback Manchester United Wins 2-1 Against Arch-Rival Arsenal

April 14, 2008 · Posted in English Football 

Owen Hargreaves

Yesterday’s match between Manchester United and Arsenal was probably the most exciting match throughout the entire season. I doubt there is any other matches within the English Premier League that can match up to the style, tempo and beauty of attacking football of yesterday’s encounter.

The first half ended with a goalless draw between the two teams, but Arsenal was clearly the stronger side with a couple of times showing intent to attack with every possible chance. Eventually, this undoubtedly resulted in the first goal scored by Arsenal’s top goal scorer, Adebayor.

Manchester United knew it is not the way that it should be, as they unleashed a strong counter-attacking style, which led to a penalty, as William Gallas was found to handled the ball with his hand inside the penalty area. This time, the Manchester United top scorer, as well as the league’s top scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo, stepped up to equalise. His first attempt was ruled out as the referee found fouls committed before Ronaldo striked the ball into the back of the net. However, the second attempt did put things straight as he unleashed an unstoppable volley right into the bottom left of the goal. Jens Lehmann was unable to stop that, despite stretching out to the correct direction.

Sensing the victory could be in sight, Sir Alex Ferguson sent on Anderson and Tevez to replace Ji Sung Park and Paul Scholes. At 25 yards, Evra was tripped and Owen Hargreaves stepped up to curl the free kick over the wall, which even left the goalkeeper stranded.

Ryan Giggs was introduced in the 89th minute, but I am not sure if that was meant to be tactical or simply time delaying. Either way, Manchester United held on to their lead to ensure the maintain at the top of the Premiership table with a 6-point advantage over Chelsea, who has an extra game on hand. This has undoubtedly reduced to a two-horse race for the Premiership title.

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