Manchester U 2 Arsenal 1

Patrice Evra

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Ar­senal 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Nov­ember 3, 2012. Man­chester Uni­ted edged out Ar­senal by 2-1 at Old Traf­ford cour­tesy of goals from for­mer Emir­ates Sta­dium marks­man Robin van Per­sie and French left full­back Pat­rice Ev­ra. Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s men dom­in­ated the pos­ses­sion of the ball through­out the en­counter and could have won by a much lar­ger margin. 

The fi­nal sco­reline be­lied the true nature of the con­test as the con­fid­ent Man­chester Uni­ted play­ers con­trolled pro­ceed­ings from the fir­st whistle. In the third min­ute of the ac­tion, sum­mer sign­ing Robin van Per­sie net­ted the open­er ag­ainst his for­mer team­mates when the trig­ger happy cent­ral at­tack­er ham­mered ho­me to re­cord his tenth goal for the Old Traf­ford out­fit. Then, af­ter some thirty min­utes of ac­tion, Span­ish in­ter­na­tion­al Santi Car­zola clearly stopped a ball from Man­chester Uni­ted and Three Li­ons flanker Ash­ley Young wi­th his hands in­side the eight­een-yard area and mat­ch of­fi­cial Mi­ke Dean cor­rectly awar­ded the ho­me te­am a pen­alty. Way­ne Roo­ney stepped up to ex­ecute the spot kick, but his some­what weak ef­fort hit the wrong si­de of the goal­post. Af­ter the ha­lf time re­fresh­ments, Man­chester Uni­ted went fur­ther ahead in the fix­ture as the per­sist­ent Roo­ney beau­ti­fully cros­sed for of­fens­ive think­ing left full­back Pat­rice Ev­ra who ac­cur­ately head­ed the ball pa­st a com­pletely help­less Vito Man­none in the Ar­senal goal and in­to the back of the net in the 67th min­ute of the clash. To make mat­ters even worse for the North Lon­don club, Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­al Jack Wil­shere re­ceived his sec­ond yel­low card of the af­ter­noon on­ly two min­utes la­ter. Santi Car­zola re­deemed him­self when the mid­fielder sco­red a con­sol­a­tion goal for Ar­senal dur­ing stop­page time, but it was too late for The Gun­ners. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid De Gea, Ra­fael da Silva, Jon­ny Evans, Rio Fer­dinand, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Mi­chael Car­rick, Ash­ley Young, Tom Clev­er­ley, An­tonio Va­lencia, Way­ne Roo­ney, Robin van Per­sie. Sub­stitutes: Oli­veira An­der­son, Lu­is Nani, Paul Scho­les, Javi­er Her­nandez, Nick Pow­ell, Scott Woot­ton, An­ders Lindegaard.

 

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Reign­ing Fir­st Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated Wool­wich Ar­senal 2-0 at Old Traf­ford on New Year´s Day 1912, wi­th Enoch West and Bill Mere­dith scor­ing the goals for the hosts.

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