Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Manchester United pulls further ahead
by Paul Kennedy, February 23rd, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[ENGLAND] Is the Premier League race over? Last week Sir Alex Ferguson said the chase was between his Manchester United and Liverpool, dismissing struggling Chelsea. Then Liverpool was held to a 1-1 tie at home with Manchester City on Sunday, leaving Manchester United with a seven-point lead.

Former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy returned to Anfield and put City ahead before Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt's late equalizer prevented the Reds from going down at home for the first time this season.

"When you are playing catch-up, you need to win, so we are disappointed," said Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez. "We lost two points but we still have to play at United so we will see."

Even though it had its shutout streak end at a British record 1,334 minutes, United chalked up its 10th straight league win with a 2-1 victory over Blackburn on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo's free kick gave United the win after Wayne Rooney and Roque Santa Cruz exchanged first-half goals.

Dutch goalie Edwin van der Sar was rested in anticipation of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League game against Inter Milan, and Pole Tomas Kuszczak looked shaky in his place in the United goal.

Dutch manager Guus Hiddink's began his spell in charge of Chelsea with a 1-0 victory at Aston Villa that moved the Blues above Villa into third spot but still 10 points behind United. Nicolas Anelka scored the game's only goal.

"We had good possession, good triangles and were dangerous in the box," Hiddink, who replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari as interim Blues manager. "The only thing we didn't do was kill the game with the second goal and the second half we leaned back a little too much. But on the other hand we could have scored more."

Saturday also marked the EPL debut of Andrei Arshavin, a member of Hiddink's Russian national team. Arshavin went off in the second half after a disappointing outing for fifth-place Arsenal in a 0-0 tie with with Sunderland at home.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Carolina RailHawks fan Howie Perl    
"You'd think if corruption at all touched the RailHawks, that they'd be really good and buying ...
Reports: High-powered lawyer presses NASL demands    
Sports attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who represented MLS players in the 1996 lawsuit against MLS, its owners ...
MLS Power Rankings: Galaxy stays on its perch     
The LA Galaxy, winner of four games in a row and eight out of its previous ...
O'Neill moves on to last-place Belgian club    
The deal by which Shane O'Neill left MLS for Cypriot club Apollon Limassol a month ago ...
NASL: Pinho's hat trick gives him scoring lead    
Brazilian striker Stefano Pinho is the hottest player in the NASL. He followed up on two ...
USL: OKC's Koenig ties league scoring record    
OKC Energy FC moved into first place and became the first Western Conference team to earn ...
What They're Saying: Caleb Porter    
"We're coaches, and we're all ambassadors for MLS and want the game to grow, and I ...
Video Pick: BWP's volley leads MLS golazos    
A diving header by Kevin Doyle (Colorado), sharp-shooting from Diego Fagundez (New England) and Andrew Jacobson ...
Nesta joins Maldini as head coach at Miami FC    
Miami is the home to retired Italian stars. It's been Paolo Maldini's second home for 15 ...
U.S. Abroad: Timothy Chandler needs knee surgery    
U.S, national team defender Timothy Chandler has been lost for the friendlies against Peru and Brazil ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives