Match - 08/09

Manchester United Matehces, 08/09

It all ends in Tears

Cristiano Ronaldo was in tears again at the end of teh Champions League Final, but this time it was tears of diappointment, as Barcelona beat Manchester United convincingly to halt United's trophy cha

Kids win at Hull

Cristiano Ronaldo wasn't even on the bench as Manchester United's kids ran out as 10 winners away at Hull. Ronaldo, at 23, would be consderd too old for the team that faced the Tigers!

One Point Away

Cristiano Ronaldo had a frustrating night - being chopped and kicked from behind all night with minimal protection - but United managed to win at the death, with a stunning goal by Michael Carrick. Ronny is just one point off a third consecutive Premier League title.

Ferguson restored Wayne Rooney in attack with Tevez - whose Old Trafford future is the subject of fevered debate - dropping down to the bench.

Latics boss Bruce insisted his side would make every endeavour to stall United's title bandwagon and they made their intentions clear as early as the second minute when Valencia burst clear of Vidic but shot wide.

United soon posed a threat of their own when Dimitar Berbatov slipped away from Titus Bramble but Rooney directed his header wildly off target from point-blank range. Carrick then stole in on Cristiano Ronaldo's cross, only to lift a close-range effort over the top.

Four Points to Go

Cristiano Ronaldo got the win started with a deflected free-kick, but wasn't happy about being subbed off as United smashed derby rivals Manchester City 2-0, leaving them just 4 points from the league

Ronaldo Shoots United Through

Cristiano Ronaldo was in sparkling form as Manchester United booked their place in the Champions League Final in Rome! Two goals, including another wonder-strike of a free-kick, secured the victory for United, and will see them face Barcelona or Chelsea on May 27th!

Arsenal attempted to crank up the atmosphere inside the Emirates by placing thousands of flags on seats around the stadium but two early blows from United ensured they were swiftly lowered.

United were desperate for the away goal that would leave Arsenal facing a mountainous task and they were gifted it via an error from Gibbs. He looked comfortably positioned to clear Ronaldo's routine cross but he slipped and Park was on hand to take advantage by sliding in to lift a finish over Almunia.

Arsenal's plight became virtually impossible three minutes later when another mistake, this time from Almunia, allowed United to double their advantage and leave the Gunners requiring four goals.

Ronaldo Benched at Boro

Cristiano Ronaldo was given the afternoon off on Saturday, with the Portuguese superstar saving him legs for Tuesday night. Ronny was on the bench just in case United didn't get a goal, but wasn't needed.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson rested key players with Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg against Arsenal in mind and, surprisingly, Middlesbrough rarely forced United to increase their tempo.

Boro, who remain second from bottom in the table, were bereft of ideas and relied on hopeful high balls into the area, which centre-backs Nemanja Vidic and Jonny Evans coped with admirably.

The home side did have one clear chance when Marlon King played in Aliadiere but Foster was alert to make the save.

At the other end, United's front pairing of Dimitar Berbatov and Federico Macheda were largely ineffective in a 4-4-2 formation.

One Foot in the Final

Cristiano Ronaldo is one step closer to the Champions League Final after United's 1-0 home win against Arsenal. An away goal at the Emirates would surely secure victory in the two-legged tie.

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