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Manchester United beat Arsenal to take a step closer to the title

Manchester United beat Arsenal 2-1 at Old Trafford in a match that has all but killed off the Gunners' slim title hopes. Jens Lehmann took a break from verbally crucifying Almunia, pulling off some great saves but it wasn't enough.

Predictably Cristiano Ronaldo was key to getting United back into the game. The Portuguese winger showed that he is not just a showboat merchant by keeping his cool, slotting away a penalty which cancelled out Adebayor's opener for Arsenal. Owen Hargreaves then secured the three points for the Red Devils with a brilliant freekick.

The game illustrated why Arsenal will be trophyless again this season. Despite playing the better football throughout the game, Wenger's team were unable to finish the chances that they created.

While Adebayor has come on leaps and bounds this season he is often left isolated up front. It remains to be seen if he can fill Henry's shoes. Also the horrific injury to Eduardo came just as the Croatian international was finding his goalscoring touch and  has left the Gunners without options up front.

The form and leadership of Gallas has also been patchy. As much as it hurts to admit it, Chelsea may have got the better deal when they exchanged Gallas for Ca$hley.

The Frenchman is a senior player in a young team but he doesn't seem to give the guidance and solidity needed from a captain. Wenger's decision to not bring in two or three players in the January transfer window seems to have backfired.

It's widely reported that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is cheesed off after learning that the club's chief executive Rick Parry set up the now infamous meeting with Jurgen Klinsmann.

The Spaniard is said to be becoming increasingly upset by the boardroom feud which is resembling Dali's 'Soft Construction with Boiled Beans' and it could see him swapping Toxteth for Madrid or Barcelona.

Despite the best attempts of the club's owners to undermine the manager and destabilize the team Liverpool beat Blackburn 3-1 at Anfield.

Gerrard was in barnstorming form, Benitez seems to have finally found the best position and formation to accommodate the Liverpool skipper's talent and it won't be surprising if Fabio Capello took note.

Man Utd 2 Arsenal 1


Liverpool 3 Blackburn 1

 

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