Manchester United secured a comparatively easy win against Arsenal in the Football Association (FA) Cup at Old Trafford. Goals from Fabio da Silva and Wayne Rooney secured the 2-0 victory, which saw Arsenal drop out of these third major competition in as numerous weeks. Champions Cup Slot
United have been themselves on the back of two consecutive defeats which is really a poor run of form by their standards, after losing at Chelsea and then Liverpool last week, they certainly were looking to stabilise their own ship after conceding a big points lead in the Premier League.
Both teams were looking to progress to the semi final of your competitors that United last won in 2004 and Arsenal who last won the trophy in 2005 by beating United in the ultimate, this is also the Gunners last major trophy success. Football Champions Cup Slot
Arsenal had recently lost the Carling Cup final against Birmingham and were then knocked from the Champions League by Barcelona, the Premier League is currently their only potential for winning a prize this season.
The Gunners could have been encouraged before the overall game as United made several changes with their team, but they didn't take advantage. As predicted Arsenal dominated a lot of early possession but failed to generate many clear cut chances, apart from Edwin Van der Sar building a good save from a Robin Van Persie effort.
United were initially restricted to counter attacking, but the overall game plan paid off after 28 minutes after Almunia's initial save from a Hernandez header, Fabio, who was simply unmarked, could easily slot home the rebounded ball, to provide United a 1-0 lead. Despite many the possession, Arsenal again lacked a cutting edge that has seen them fall short so many times in recent years.
The Gunners did emerge fighting for the second half as veteran Van Der Sar made an excellent double save from Koscielny, but on the breakaway Wayne Rooney headed home another rebounded effort from Hernandez to provide the hosts an appropriate 2-0 lead on 49 minutes.
As Arsenal pushed forward looking for an objective they left themselves vulnerable in defence and they nearly conceded a next goal as Almunia saved from Hernandez. Which also saw Djourou injuring his shoulder in the scramble to clear the ball.