Saturday, March 29, 2008

UNITED 4 - 0 VILLA

Barclays Premier League
Old Trafford, 29 March 2008

MANCHESTER UNITED 4
(Ronaldo 17, Tevez 33, Rooney 53, 70)

ASTON VILLA 0


On a day when Arsenal showed a flicker of hope remains in their title bid, United sent a message to the Gunners and fellow rivals Chelsea. 
Manchester United stretched their lead at the Premier League summit to six points with a stunning display. 

Ronaldo started the agony for Aston Villa after 17 minutes and he provided Carlos Tevez with a simple second before half-time. Wayne Rooney rounded Scott Carson for a third after 53 minutes and he slid home the fourth with 20 minutes left after more superb creativity from Ronaldo.
United boss Sir. Alex Ferguson took a precaution ahead of the Champions league quarter-final visit to AS Roma by resting goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar, who was suffering from a slight groin strain. 
Ferguson made a triple substitution in the 61st minute, sending on Owen Hargreaves, Anderson and O'Shea for Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand. 
Ronaldo and Rooney were irresistible and combined once more for United's fourth in the 70th minute.  

Team Line-ups: 

UNITED: Kuszczak, Brown, Ferdinand (Hargreaves 62), Vidic, Evra (O'Shea 62), Ronaldo, Carrick (Anderson 62), Scholes, Giggs, Tevez, Rooney. 
Subs not used: Foster, Park.
Booked: Vidic

VILLA: Carson, Reo-Coker, Mellberg, Laursen, Bouma (Osbourne 80), Agbonlahor, Petrov, Barry, Young, Harewood (Salifou 69), Carew (Maloney 41).
Subs not used: Taylor, Knight.
Booked: Bouma

Attendance: 75,932
 
Ref: Mark Halsey

Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo

Source: BBC Sports
Image: Getty images

Thursday, March 27, 2008

PREVIEW MATCH: UNITED - VILLA

Barclays Premier League
Old Trafford, 
Sat 29 March

17:15 GMT






UNITED HAVE A GREAT CHANCE TO FOLLOW AT TOP, THIS SATURDAY'S EVENING.

Form Guide: Villa have taken just two points from their last four games and have lost in each of their last 13 matches against United. The Reds, still on a high after beating Liverpool last weekend, have dropped just five points in 11 games in 2008

Ins and Outs: Curtis Davies is out for the rest of the season, while Craig Gardner returned injured from England U21 duty. But Melberg returns from suspension and S. Carson is fit after a knee problem. For United, only Louis Saha has a question mark over his fitness. Otherwise, it's the usual selection headache for Sir. Alex. 

Star Man: For Aston Villa, Ashley Young. For United, Cristiano Ronaldo.  



Sunday, March 23, 2008

UNITED 3 - 0 LIVERPOOL















Barclays Premier League
Old Trafford, 23 March 2008

MANCHESTER UNITED 3
Brown 34, Ronaldo 79, Nani 81

LIVERPOOL 0


Ronaldo, Nani and a rare Wes Brown goal gave United the perfect Easter gift and destroyed any hopes Liverpool had of breaking into a title race. 

MANCHESTER UNITED: Van der Sar, Brown, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Anderson ( Tevez 73), Scholes, Ronaldo, Giggs (Nani 73), Rooney
Subs not used: Kusczcak, O'Shea, Hargreaves
Booked: Ferdinand

LIVERPOOL: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio, Kuyt, Mascherano, Alonso, Babel ( Benayoun 66), Gerrard, Torres (Riise 83)
Subs not used: Itandje, Hyypia, Crouch, 
Booked: Torres, Arbeloa
Sent off: Mascherano

Attendance: 76,000

Picture: AP
 
 

Friday, March 21, 2008

UNITED 2 - 0 BOLTON

Barclays Premier League
Old Trafford, Wed 19 march

MANCHESTER UNITED 2
(Ronaldo 9, 20)

BOLTON WANDERERS 0

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and send United to the top of the Premier league. Ronaldo was the Captain for first time for the Reds. Also, Ronaldo has breaked the George Best's record goals scored in a season from midfield. 

United: Kuszczak, Hargreaves, Pique, Vidic (Brown 60), O'Shea, Ronaldo, Anderson (Scholes 70), Fletcher, Nani, Tevez, Saha (Rooney 70)
Subs not used: Foster, Evra

Bolton Wanderers: Al Habsi, Steinsson, O'Brein A, Meite (Hunt 46), Gardner, Diouf, O'Brien J, Guthrie (Giannakopoulos 82), McCann, Taylor, Davies
Subs not used: Walker, Campo, Rasiak

Booked: O'Brien A, Steinsson

Attendance: 75,476

Saturday, March 15, 2008

DERBY COUNTY 0 - 1 UNITED

Barclays Premier League
Pride Park, March 15, 2008

DERBY COUNTY 0

UNITED 1
Ronaldo (76)

United had won three good points in it's race to title. Ronaldo scored again and he goes in way to be the top scorer of the season. 

Team line-ups:

Derby County: Carroll, Edworthy (Todd 55), Moore, Leacock, McEveley, Sterjovski (Robert 80), Savage, Jones, Lewis, Earnshaw (Villa 76), Miller
Subs not used: Price, Ghaly
Booked: Moore, Jones, Savage.

Manchester United: Foster, O'Shea, Brown, Vidic, Evra, Park (Saha 62), Scholes (Carrick 62), Anderson (Fletcher 72), Giggs, Rooney, Ronaldo
Subs not used: Heaton, Hargreaves.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

FULHAM 0 - UNITED 3

Barclays Premier League
Craven Cottage, 1 March 2008

FULHAM 0

MANCHESTER UNITED 3
(Hargreaves, Park, Davies (og))

United earned a valuable three points at Craven Cottage with 3-0 win over Fulham, while Arsenal could only manage a draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Carlos Tevez went close from distance on seven minutes, forcing Antii Niemi into a smart save down by his left-hand post. Van der Sar, meanwhile, was called into action a minute later flinging himself to his right to keep out Danny Murphy's rasping, dipping volley. 

Owen Hargreaves scored the first goal by a successful free-kick and put up United. The second goal was done by Ji -sung Park with a head into the net via the underside of the bar. 

United did find the net on 72 minutes when John O'Shea's low cross was diverted into his own net by the hapless Simon Davies. At the end, United won three points in his race title. 

United: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Brown, Evra, Park, Scholes, Hargreaves, Nani (Anderson 75), Tevez (Ronaldo 69), Saha (Rooney 69). 

Subs not used: Kuszczak, Piqué. 

Fulham: Niemi, Stalteri, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Murphy (Smertin 65), Volz (Kamara 90), Johnson (Nevland 90), Bullard, Davies, McBride. 

Subs not used: Keller, Bocanegra. 

Attendance: 25,314