Manchester United vs Arsenal: 10 years on from Pizzagate

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Manchester United's 2-0 victory over Arsenal in 2004 will be remembered for a variety of reasons. It was, of course, the day the The Invincibles were finally beaten, while it also proved the day that Sir Alex Ferguson was covered in pizza, in an incident that has gone down in history as Pizzagate.

It was a match that United had been waiting for some time. Ever since Ruud van Nistelrooy's penalty miss at Old Trafford in September of 2003, the Red Devils' relationship with Arsenal had become more sour than ever before. 

Arsenal headed into the clash on October 24 2004 as the Premier League champions, and the team that hadn't been beaten in 49 football matches in England's elite division. Manchester United - led by Sir Alex Ferguson - were determined to end the streak. 

On the fixture, Rooney said: "All week Arsenal had been banging on about how great it would be to make it to 50 games unbeaten at Old Trafford. Big mistake. They fired us up. Fifty games unbeaten? No way. Not at our place."

Ultimately, United did just that as the Manchester United players finally put their demons to bed. One man that certainly did just that was Van Nistelrooy who scored the opener of the game from the penalty spot. In fact, it was Rooney, who won the penalty controversially, that put the game to bed with a late goal. 

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Arsenal weren't happy, though. In-fact, they were furious: Gunners boss felt referee Mike Riley spoiled the game, whilst Arsenal players suggested that they were kicked all over the place by their rivals. 

Wenger's post match comments read: "Riley decided the game, like we know he can do at Old Trafford. We were robbed. There was no contact at all for the penalty, even Rooney said so. We can only master our own performance and not the referee's performance."

Jose Antonio Reyes, meanwhile, said: "In all my sporting life, I have never received so many kicks as I did in Manchester. It was the hardest match I have played."


United finally ending Arsenal's long unbeaten record will forever go down in the history books, but there's not many that will forget what happened in the aftermath of the fixture. 

Pizza was in fact thrown at the then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, with it appearing that an Arsenal player was the culprit. There were many squabbles and arguments coming out of the Old Trafford tunnel, but it was one slice of pizza that ultimately stole the show.

And the culprit...Cesc Fabregas, now of Chelsea. 

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