Not a walk in the Park – but a well deserved win against Gunners thanks to Ji-sung. (©PAphotos)
by Peter Dunne
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Manchester United last night recorded a well-deserved victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford thanks to a header from Park Ji-sung just before half time.
The Red Devils always looked in control as the Gunners failed to break down the solid United defence spearheaded by Nemanja Vidic. The Brazilian additions to the squad stepped up to the mark with stand out performances from Rafael Da Silva and Anderson.
Wayne Rooney’s missed penalty did nothing to dampen the United performance as the Reds held on to reclaim top stop in the Premier League. United now find themselves two points clear of second place Arsenal with a game on hand.
It could be argued that Arsenal have been a side that have been papering over the cracks for the majority of the season although coming into the game they found themselves at the summit of the Premier League.
So what does that say about the 2010-11 Barclays Premier League challenge? This means it could well be the toughest title race to predict in a long time.
The top two clashes were often looked upon as title deciders regardless of when the fixture occurred but that’s not the case now. With so many teams more than capable of bringing the game to the bigger clubs managers may need to rethink their strategy to mount a title challenge.
As silly season approaches there can be no argument that Manchester United have deservedly taken pole position in the league standings as their impressive unbeaten run continues. Many say United have not hit top form yet but trophies are won by consistency and that is exactly what United are displaying since August.
The Carling Cup defeat to West Ham United could be put down as a hiccup and a big lesson to the younger members of the squad. I can’t help but think of the last time United were knocked out of the League Cup following a defeat to Coventry City during the 200-/2008 season and I don’t think I need to remind people how United finished the season.
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