Manchester U 1 Arsenal 2

Wayne Rooney

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Ar­senal 2, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish FA Cup Quart­er-Fi­nal Fix­ture, Mar­ch 9, 2015. Louis van Gaal´s multi mil­lion pound te­am fou­nd them­selves knock­ed out of the FA Cup af­ter los­ing by two goals to one ag­ainst Ar­sene Wenger´s Ar­senal. And to top it all, Ar­gen­tine play­maker An­gel Di Mar­ia was ordered off for diving and push­ing ref­er­ee Mi­chael Oliv­er wi­th thir­teen min­utes left on the watch.

Man­chester Uni­ted had beaten Lea­gue One si­de Yeovil To­wn, Lea­gue Two club Cam­bridge Uni­ted, and Lea­gue One oufit Pre­ston North End on their way to the quart­er fi­nals of the FA Cup, whi­le Ar­senal had dis­patched of Pre­mier Lea­gue Hull City, and Cham­pi­on­ship te­ams Brighton and Hove Al­bion and Middles­brough to get there. The Man­chester club entered the meet­ing wi­th Ar­sene Wenger´s boys on the back of a hard earned 1-0 Pre­miership vic­tory ag­ainst New­castle Uni­ted at St James´s Park thro­ugh a late goal from Ash­ley Young. Ar­senal, for their part, had edged out neigh­bouring Queens Park Ran­gers by 2-1 at Loftus Road in the Pre­mier Lea­gue in their pre­vi­ous fix­ture thanks to sec­ond ha­lf goals from Olivi­er Giroud and Alex­is San­chez. In the FA Cup cup tie at Old Traf­ford on the sec­ond Monday of Mar­ch 2015, Ar­senal went ahead in the fir­st frame when mid­fielder Al­ex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain fou­nd Pe­ter Crouch look alike Nacho Mon­real in­side the eight­een-yard area, and the Span­ish in­ter­na­tion­al de­fender ham­mered the ball pa­st fel­low coun­try­man Da­vid de Gea and in­to the goal af­ter 25 min­utes of in­tense ac­tion to give the North Lon­doners the lead over their bit­ter rivals. A mere four min­utes la­ter in the mat­ch, how­ever, Man­chester Uni­ted and Three Li­ons cap­tain Way­ne Roo­ney ma­naged to equal­ise for the men in red shirts wi­th a fly­ing head­er which left Ar­senal and Po­land in­ter­na­tion­al net­mind­er Wo­j­ciech Szczesny com­pletely help­less, and the Old Traf­ford out­fit raised their ga­me sev­er­al gears af­ter pro­du­cing the lev­el­ler, but they failed to score more goals be­fore Mi­chael Oliv­er blew for half-time.

For­mer Re­al Mad­rid mid­field com­batant An­gel Di Mar­ia came clo­se to scor­ing for Louis van Gaal´s Red and White Army fif­teen min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf of the fix­ture, but his power­ful shot from the edge of the pen­alty box went just out­side the post. Then, in the 61st min­ute of the quart­er-fi­nal, pre­vi­ous Man­chester Uni­ted play­er Dan­ny Wel­beck took ad­vant­age of a dread­ful mis­timed back pass from An­tonio Va­lencia to ro­und De Gea, and to calmly put the ball in­to the back of the net to make it 2-1 to The Ar­senal. There was more dra­ma to come as Uni­ted were re­duced to ten men when Di Mar­ia was han­ded the red card by the mat­ch of­fi­cial wi­th less than a quart­er of an hour re­maining of the con­test, and The Reds nev­er really re­covered from the loss of the So­uth Amer­ic­an. Man­chester Uni­ted push­ed hard for a sec­ond goal for the re­mainder of the ga­me, but no more goals were to be sco­red at Old Traf­ford. Van Gaal, who had ma­naged to win a title in his fir­st sea­son in charge of Dutch Ere­divis­ie te­am Ajax Am­s­ter­dam, Span­ish Primera Di­vi­sion gi­ants FC Bar­celona, and Ger­man Bundes­liga club Bay­ern Mu­nich re­spect­ively, would now end the 2014-15 cam­paign trophy less. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Chris Small­ing, Mar­cos Rojo, Lu­ke Shaw, An­tonio Va­lencia, Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini, Da­ley Bli­nd, An­der Her­rera, An­gel Di Mar­ia, Ash­ley Young, Way­ne Roo­ney. Sub­stitutes: Ra­fael da Silva, Ra­damel Fal­cao, Ad­nan Janu­zaj, Phil Jones, Mi­chael Car­rick, Ju­an Ma­ta, Vic­tor Valdes. Ar­senal Te­am: Wo­j­ciech Szczesny, Hec­tor Beller­in, Lau­rent Kos­cielny, Nacho Mon­real, Per Merte­sack­er, Fran­cis Coquelin, Alex­is San­chez, Al­ex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain, Mesut Oz­il, Santi Cazorla, Dan­ny Wel­beck. Sub­stitutes: Aar­on Ram­sey, Calum Cham­bers, Kier­an Gibbs, Theo Wal­cott, Chuba Ak­pom, Olivi­er Giroud, Emili­ano Martinez.

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