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  • Date:12 Mar 2011
  • Kick-off:17:15
  • Venue:Old Trafford
  • Attendance:74,693
  • Da Silva (27) Rooney (48)
Goal!

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97mins

Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia.

97mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Scholes on Samir Nasri. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.

95mins

The ball is crossed by Antonio Valencia, clearance made by Bacary Sagna.

95mins

The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna.

94mins

Paul Scholes goes into the referee's book. Foul by Paul Scholes on Marouane Chamakh, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Gibbs.

94mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Antonio Valencia. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

93mins

Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

91mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Marouane Chamakh. Indirect free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.

91mins

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

80mins

Paul Scholes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Patrice Evra.

80mins

Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

79mins

Marouane Chamakh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.

78mins

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.

77mins

The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna. Samir Nasri has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Chris Smalling gets a block in.

76mins

A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna, Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

75mins

The offside flag is raised against Antonio Valencia. Kieran Gibbs takes the free kick.

75mins

Jack Wilshere produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

72mins

Aaron Ramsey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Vassiriki Diaby. Tomas Rosicky joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrey Arshavin.

71mins

Header from deep inside the penalty area by Marouane Chamakh goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

70mins

A cross is delivered by Ryan Giggs, save made by Manuel Almunia.

68mins

Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs, Johan Djourou makes a clearance.

67mins

Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.

66mins

The ball is delivered by Samir Nasri, clearance by Patrice Evra.

65mins

The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia, Headed effort from inside the box by Javier Hernandez misses to the right of the target.

65mins

Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs to the near post, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.

64mins

Ryan Giggs replaces Rafael Da Silva.

64mins

Effort on goal by Robin van Persie from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

63mins

Pass corner from right by-line taken by Bacary Sagna to short, clearance made by Chris Smalling.

63mins

Centre by Bacary Sagna, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

61mins

Robin van Persie fouled by John O'Shea, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Robin van Persie from the free kick.

61mins

The ball is crossed by Darron Gibson, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

61mins

Centre by Antonio Valencia.

59mins

Marouane Chamakh is brought on as a substitute for Neves Denilson.

59mins

Vassiriki Diaby has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

57mins

Bacary Sagna crosses the ball, clearance by Chris Smalling. Shot from 18 yards by Samir Nasri. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

56mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Antonio Valencia, Header by Nemanja Vidic from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

52mins

Nemanja Vidic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrey Arshavin. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

51mins

Javier Hernandez is ruled offside. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

50mins

Andrey Arshavin crosses the ball, Patrice Evra makes a clearance. Short corner worked by Robin van Persie.

49mins

Wayne Rooney finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Man Utd 2-0 Arsenal.

48mins

Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.

48mins

Laurent Koscielny takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a brilliant save.

46mins

Antonio Valencia replaces Fabio Da Silva.

45mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.

44mins

The offside flag is raised against Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

40mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wes Brown on Jack Wilshere. Free kick crossed right-footed by Andrey Arshavin, Wes Brown manages to make a clearance.

36mins

The referee blows for offside against Vassiriki Diaby. Edwin Van der Sar takes the indirect free kick.

34mins

Corner taken right-footed by Rafael Da Silva, clearance by Johan Djourou.

33mins

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save. Samir Nasri takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Headed effort from inside the area by Robin van Persie misses to the left of the target.

32mins

Unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Vassiriki Diaby results in a free kick. Darron Gibson restarts play with the free kick.

30mins

The ball is sent over by Wayne Rooney, Fabio Da Silva has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

28mins

Goal scored by Fabio Da Silva from close range high into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal.Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia. The assist for the goal came from Javier Hernandez.

28mins

Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

25mins

Fabio Da Silva is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.

24mins

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.

23mins

The ball is crossed by Kieran Gibbs, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.

23mins

Centre by Bacary Sagna, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.

22mins

Javier Hernandez is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

20mins

The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.

18mins

Vassiriki Diaby gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Rooney.

15mins

Fabio Da Silva sends in a cross, Rafael Da Silva produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

14mins

Samir Nasri challenges Rafael Da Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Smalling restarts play with the free kick.

12mins

Andrey Arshavin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Smalling takes the free kick.

11mins

Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.

8mins

The ball is delivered by Kieran Gibbs, save by Edwin Van der Sar.

7mins

The offside flag is raised against Fabio Da Silva. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.

5mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Wayne Rooney. Direct free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

3mins

Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.

1mins

Javier Hernandez is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

Match Preview

Vidic returns for Reds Sir Alex Ferguson welcomes back Nemanja Vidic from suspension but could be without 10 senior players for Manchester United's FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal at Old Trafford. Nani joined a long injury list after sustaining a deep wound to his leg at Liverpool last Sunday, although Ferguson is hopeful of having Darren Fletcher back from illness. Rio Ferdinand (calf) is amongst those definitely out but the return of Vidic should help stabilise a defence that has conceded five goals in its last two games. Ferguson has admitted he has "not had an easy week" as he prepares to face the Gunners. Although Arsene Wenger has been centre stage following the row over Robin van Persie's red card in Barcelona and the subsequent decision by UEFA to charge the Gunners boss with improper conduct, it only mirrors the difficulties Ferguson encountered with his observations about Martin Atkinson after last week's Premier League defeat at Chelsea. Ferguson must answer an FA charge about that himself but by imposing a media blackout around the weekend encounter with Liverpool, when United were badly beaten, the Scot has had to endure more negative publicity about his own club. Little wonder, when asked whether he had any sympathy for Wenger at United's Carrington training complex, Ferguson turned the question back on himself. "I have sympathy for myself. I didn't have an easy week myself," he said. Under the circumstances, Ferguson probably took a wise course of action in avoiding further discussion of any controversy. Of far more immediate importance is ensuring his side do not suffer a third successive defeat, something the Red Devils have not endured since May 2001. Given the feelgood factor that would be achieved by beating the side now breathing right down United's neck in the championship race, it is no surprise Ferguson has pledged to field his strongest available side despite the counter-attraction of a Champions League clash with Marseille on Tuesday. And no shock either to have the United boss emphasising the positives after a traumatic few days. "You have to look forward," he said. "You never go through a season where everything is rosy and this has happened a few times. It is just another day in the history of Manchester United. "When you get the bad moments, you have to recover. "There are a lot of challenges ahead for the rest of the season. We have big opportunities. "It is terrific to be involved in the middle of March. Every game you play is of importance. "There is tomorrow, then Tuesday's game against Marseille, after that it is Bolton in a league game. It goes on and on." Arsenal will be without captain Cesc Fabregas after the Spain midfielder aggravated his hamstring problem in the midweek Champions League defeat to Barcelona. Robin van Persie is set to skipper the side having made a swifter than expected return from a knee injury to play at the Nou Camp, but goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (hand) is out. England forward Theo Walcott (ankle), midfielder Alex Song (knee) and centre-half Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) remain unavailable. Wenger feels Arsenal's disappointing Champions League exit against Barcelona now means his squad will not be "overloaded" as they aim to beat United to the domestic double. Wenger feels not having a such congested fixture list ahead could just work in their favour. "We will not be overloaded, that's the advantage of it," said the Gunners boss. "We want to deal well with the two psychological blows that we had recently and that's our purpose. If we manage to do that then it will be advantage. "We need to keep the confidence level high by keeping the results going that we have achieved recently. Since November, I feel this team has taken off. "While in the last month we have lost the Carling Cup final and gone out of the Champions League, but if you had a global view of the last three months then you had every reason to be optimistic." Wenger, though, accepted: "Tomorrow's game has big significance of course as the targets now that we have in front of us are the championship and FA Cup." Wenger believes Tuesday night's capitulation in the Nou Camp should not be taken in isolation. "You have to analyse this tie in the two games," he said. "People say that we did not have a shot in this game, but we had more shots than Barcelona in the first game and we would have had shots in this game had it remained 11 versus 11 in the last 30 minutes." The Gunners boss insists his battle-weary squad should be able to bring plenty of positives from their European disappointment. He continued: "The team can gain a lot of credit and belief as well."

Formation:442Manager: Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

Formation: 433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Edwin Van der Sar
  • Wes Brown
  • Chris Smalling
  • Nemanja Vidic
  • Patrice Evra
  • Rafael Da Silva
  • Darron Gibson
  • John O'Shea
  • Fabio Da Silva
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Javier Hernandez
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  • Tomasz Kuszczak
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • Ryan Giggs
  • Paul Scholes
  • Antonio Valencia
  • Gabriel Obertan
  • Joshua King

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Match Report

Manchester United 2 Arsenal 0 Arsenal's depressing fortnight took another disastrous downturn as they crashed out of the FA Cup following a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United. A fortnight ago, Gunners fans were talking optimistically of a Quadruple. Now they have only the Barclays Premier League to play for after goals from Fabio and Wayne Rooney either side of the interval sent United into the semi-finals. Arsene Wenger at least has a week to lift his troops before they are in action again but the mental scars of Arsenal's catastrophic collapse may not heal easily as they seek to overhaul a United side who ended their own trauma in perfect style ahead of their Champions League meeting with Marseille. The backdrop to this fixture could hardly have been more gloomy. Between them over the past couple of weeks, two of England's biggest clubs have lost two Premier League games, a cup final and a Champions League tie. They have had a player sent off who shouldn't have been, not seen an opponent reduced to 10 men when they should have an imposed a blanket media ban. In addition, Sir Alex Ferguson and Wenger are both facing the wrath of a governing body for comments about match officials that went beyond acceptable levels. On that basis, neither Manchester United nor Arsenal would really have wanted to play the other knowing defeat would pitch a gloomy period into a crisis. Not that you could tell from Ferguson's team selection. Seven defenders for a game at Old Trafford is hardly the norm for a man who has never been scared of attacking the best opposition. However, as so often in the past, Ferguson clearly knows far more about his players than anyone else. In truth, Brazilian twins Fabio and Rafael have often caught the eye offensively, even though they have been occupying full-back berths. Given the opportunity to express their ability from more advanced positions, knowing Wayne Rooney had dropped back to fill a midfield hole, they duly did just that. Rafael could easily have put United ahead when he met Fabio's cross with a header he was unable to keep down. There was no such escape for Arsenal when Fabio surged forward later on, setting in motion a move that ended with a smart Rooney cross for Javier Hernandez. The Mexican's header was aimed for the far corner. Manuel Almunia could do no better than palm it away, straight to Fabio, who slid in and found the roof of the Arsenal net. On the touchline, Wenger must have had an awful sinking feeling, knowing another trophy was being snatched away from him after Birmingham and Barcelona had snuffed out their hopes on two other fronts. Skippering a very strong line-up, Robin van Persie saw a curling shot turned round the post by fellow Dutchman Edwin van der Sar, the striker then heading the corner narrowly wide. Just before the interval, Samir Nasri fired a precise shot through Wes Brown's legs, forcing Van der Sar into another excellent save. Generally though, it had been a listless display from the Gunners, leaving Wenger with a job on his hands to revive spirits. Initially, it appeared the Frenchman's words had produced a positive effect. Van der Sar was twice called upon to keep Arsenal out, first when Brown turned the ball goalwards as he tried to intercept a Laurent Koscielny cut-back, the second when the Frenchman curled a shot to the far corner with the rebound. The onslaught did not last. Or at least it was immediately halted by a second United goal. In sticking out a leg to stop Rafael's cross, Johan Djourou could only loop the ball high into the air. Rooney escaped Sagna's attentions and although his header lacked power, the direction was perfect, far enough away from Almunia but not too far to prevent him finding the corner from an acute angle. Antonio Valencia had played a part in the move as he made his re-appearance after sustaining a serious ankle injury in September. The Ecuador star diligently patrolled his wing as Arsenal threw caution to the wind. But with Van der Sar producing four outstanding saves to deny the visitors, one to repel substitute Marouane Chamakh, who had been presented with a free header by Sagna, there was no way back for the shellshocked Gunners. In fact, their evening got even worse as they ended the game with 10 men after Djourou had been stretchered off following a nasty collision with Sagna.

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