A hard fought win for Manchester United




Robin van Persie’s 17th goal of the season ensured Manchester United claimed yet another scalp on their march towards what they hope will be a 20th league title at Old Trafford.

A hard fought win for Manchester United

A hard fought win for Manchester United

It was also a good defensive performance from United as they managed to keep the clean sheet only for the fourth time this season. Skipper Nemanja Vidic who was plagued by injuries from the past 16 months was restored to the line-up for only the second time after his recent knee operation, Vidic used all of his experience to ensure that the hosts were not made to pay for a lackluster display in the second-half.

Gareth McAuley’s early own goal had given hosts the lead but it was Robin van Persie who  curled home a brilliant effort in the 90th minute to ensure that the seven point lead at the top of the table is preserved.

After all the furore around Ferguson’s confrontation with Mike Dean on Boxing Day, mascot “Fred the Red” probably approached the United boss with a degree of trepidation as the pair met on the touchline prior to kick off.  Referee Jon Moss did little to get the United manager vexed, beyond an inexplicable free-kick against Tom Cleverley when the midfielder had been looking at a dropping ball on the edge of his own box when Billy Jones crashed into him.

United where already leading at that point courtesy of McAuley’s own goal who deflected Ashley Young’s pin-point cross into his own net. United almost extended their lead to two when Ashley Young sweetly half volleyed Antonio Valencia’s cross, only for the former United keeper Ben Foster to superbly deflect it over the bar.

Danny Welbeck – after recovering from illness and Shinji Kagawa –  back from the knee injury since October sparkled for the hosts in the first half. The presence of Vidic offered some degree of comfort for the United’s defense who have already conceded 28 goals in the premier league this season. His bravery was unquestioned as he blocked a number of efforts from a good looking West Brom side. Robin Van Persie was introduced mid way through the first half after the away side started dominating the game. Van Persie was denied by Foster with eight minutes remaining but the West Brom keeper could do nothing about the dutchman’s  late curler into the top corner from Paul Scholes’s pass.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Author:

Cricket

Wonder Cement Saath7 Cricket Mahotsav keeps going bigger and bigger!

Wonder Cement Saath7 Cricket Mahotsav keeps going bigger and bigger!

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on November 4th, 2017

The 2nd edition of Saath7 Cricket Mahotsav, organized by Wonder Cement is flagged off at The Taj Mahal Hotel in the esteemed presence of legendary Cricketer  ..

Football

Does homeland of FC Shakhtar Donetsk still has got a football potential?

Does homeland of FC Shakhtar Donetsk still has got a football potential?

Posted by: Julia Nellson on November 22nd, 2017

The city of Donetsk is located in Central Europe and it’s considered to be the center of Donbass region. Donetsk became well-known in the world because of one ..

Tennis

Rafael Nadal vs Stan Wawrinka: French Open Men’s Final 2017 – Preview

Rafael Nadal vs Stan Wawrinka: French Open Men’s Final 2017 – Preview

Posted by: Atish Home Chowdhury on June 11th, 2017

The stage is set for the mouth-watering and nail-biting clash of the two Tennis stalwarts of the current era; Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka. This will be the u ..

F1

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on September 26th, 2016

Held on Sept 1st, The Outstanding Speakers’ Bureau (TOSB) Twinterview consisted of sports panelists such as Mark Gallagher (Public Speaker on F1 race), Shayam ..

Boxing

Boxing Federation of India successfully concludes AIBA Course and Examination

Boxing Federation of India successfully concludes AIBA Course and Examination

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on February 24th, 2017

Rohtak, February 24, 2016: In continuation to produce the AIBA certified Coaches, Referees and Judges; Boxing Federation of India successfully organised the AIB ..

Other Sports

Indian athletes begin impressively at 22nd Asian Athletics Championships

Indian athletes begin impressively at 22nd Asian Athletics Championships

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on July 6th, 2017

Indian interests on the opening day of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships were high with national record holder Muhammed Anas easing into the semi-finals of ..

One stop guide to all the latest sports news, reviews, opinions, fixtures and live scores from India and around the world.

Copyright © 2017 | The Sports Mirror