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Arsenal took a serious dent in their title challenge this evening after being swept aside 3-1 by Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium, thanks to goals from Park, Wayne Rooney and an own goal from Almunia. The result leaves United one point behind Chelsea, although the London side have a game in hand (away to Hull City).

United ripped Arsenal apart with an impressive display of swift counter attacking, while Arsenal struggled to keep up with the pace and power of Ferguson’s side. The defeat for the Gunners will also only encourage those who feel Arsene Wenger’s team are flat-track bullies and incapable of dealing with the big occasion.

United however have bigger troubles, regardless of their success on the pitch. Fans are growing increasingly angry at the state of the club’s finances – brought on entirely by the Glazer’s loading of debt onto a previously profitable club so they could buy it – and are planning a protest before the Champions League clash against AC Milan at Old Trafford which would leave entire sections of the ground empty for 15 minutes. However United chief executive David Gill says any protest would be ‘ridiculous’, not worrying at all about his pockets or what would happen if more fans abandoned the club for breakaway team FC United of Manchester, of course.

‘I would appeal to the fans to be sensible and get behind the team,’ he said. ‘We are a very well-run club and given what's happening at other clubs, people should be proud of what's happening at Manchester United. It serves no purpose and it won't change a thing. (Milan) will be a tough game and we can't afford for the fans not to be there. Let's not have ridiculous protests of that nature.’

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