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Emphatic Wins for United, Arsenal Before Weekend Clash

  • Reuters UK, Thursday, September 14, 2006 4:22 PM
Manchester United and Arsenal each recorded important Champions League victories ahead of their headlining clash at Old Trafford this weekend. As United staved off a spirited fight from fellow British team Celtic, Arsenal continued to show it can't put a foot wrong in Europe by comfortably winning, 2-1, away to Hamburg, after a spectacular 28-yard game-winner from newcomer Tomas Rosicky. Its fortunes have been vastly different in the Premier League, however. Winless in three games, Arsenal would find itself 13 points behind league leader Manchester United if it loses at Old Trafford on Sunday. "We have had a super start to the season and we just want to carry it on," Michael Cararick, United's $34 million off-season signing, told reporters after the 3-2 Champions League triumph against Celtic. He said the Arsenal game is still "huge," but it would be too early to write the Gunners off even if they lose it. Carrick had a quiet but composed game in center midfield yesterday alongside veteran Paul Scholes, who was excellent. In fact, it was the veterans, Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who rose to the occasion yesterday to lift United past a battling Celtic. Giggs won the penalty that pulled United even in the first half before limping off with an injury. Scholes then provided Louis Saha with his second and Solskjaer came off the bench to score yet another game winning goal for Manchester United in the Champions League.

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