Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Man. United frustrates fans
by Paul Kennedy, April 30th, 2009 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Like Tuesday's Barcelona-Chelsea game, the offensive explosion expected from Manchester United-Arsenal never materialized. United scored early on a goal by John O'Shea, but that was all the scoring Wednesday at Old Trafford, and United takes a narrow 1-0 lead into next Tuesday's return leg in Arsenal.

United pounded Arsenal goalie Manuel Almunia early in the match and scored in the 17th minute when O'Shea, free in the penalty area, beat Almunia with a half-volley from eight yards after Michael Carrick had turned Anderson's corner kick back across goal.

The closest United came after that was when Cristiano Ronaldo hit the crossbar with a dipping shot.

Despite the narrow score, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was happy with the outcome.

"The most pleasing aspect is that before the game we said try and win and not lose a goal and we have done that," he said. "And the performance level was very good, so we have achieved that. and I think we have given ourselves a good chance overall."

Still, Ferguson acknowledged that United did not achieve a knockout blow.

"We always do things the hard way," he said, "and this is another night when we have got our fans frustrated where we maybe should be into the final but we are not -- but we have done that many times. We did it in the last round, and we will have to go through the process of taking the game to the wire probably."

The Premier League race is also going to the wire, so Ferguson can't rest his first team on Saturday.

"That's Arsenal's big advantage now, they could play [assistant manager] Pat Rice at right back and [Manager] Arsene [Wenger] at center forward if they like, it doesn't matter to them at Portsmouth," he said. "We have to play a team to win at Middlesbrough. It's a lunch-time kickoff and I don't think that's right but we will have to get on with it."

April 29 in Manchester
Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0. Goal: John O'Shea 17
Manchester United -- van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand (Evans, 88), Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson (Giggs, 67), Cristiano Ronaldo, Tevez (Berbatov, 67), Rooney.
Arsenal -- Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Silvestre, Gibbs, Diaby, Song, Walcott (Bendtner, 71), Fabregas, Nasri, Adebayor (Eduardo, 83).
Referee: Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark).
Att.: 74,733.

 



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
TV Report: USA-Honduras draws 1 million viewers    
Friday's USA-Honduras match averaged 1,025,000 for English-language and Spanish-language coverage on FS1 and UniMas/UDN. The Mexico-Costa ...
USA-Panama: Multiple changes likely despite big win    
A 6-0 thrashing of Honduras has re-started the U.S. World Cup qualifying campaign, and the Americans ...
USWNT: Knee injury sidelines Brian for Russia series    
Houston Dash midfielder Morgan Brian, a starter on the U.S. women's national team for the last ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"We're not smart enough to think like that. If we were smart enough, we wouldn't have ...
USL Rewind: Ex-Sounder Ochoa sparks Sac comeback    
The seventh USL season kicked off last weekend with some big crowds, new facilities and a ...
What They're Saying: Bobby Wood    
"I believe that if Jurgen had not been the U.S. head coach, I might have quit ...
Video Pick: River Plate blows 4v1    
River Plate squandered a golden scoring chance in embarrassing fashion during its 2-1 win over Belgrano, ...
NASL Rewind: Season starts with three ties    
Kyle Bekker scored the first goal in San Francisco Deltas' NASL history, in a 1-1 tie ...
MLS Power Rankings: Crew SC jumps up 11 spots    
Idle FC Dallas stayed No. 1 in Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings, but the Portland Timbers ...
USA-Panama: Americans not expecting another 6-0 win    
The USA men's team has never lost in Panama City and buoyed by a 6-0 stomping ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives