Memory Match: Manchester United v Arsenal, April 13, 2008

Date published: Wednesday 13th April 2016 8:26

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We head back eight years ago to the day when Manchester United got to within touching distance of the Premier League title with a 2-1 win over Arsenal.

Manchester United 2 v Arsenal 1

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United opened up a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League table after he watched his side come from behind to win in a pulsating clash between two old foes at Old Trafford.

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who was guilty of missing a handful of chances, finally broke the deadlock three minutes after the restart but appeared to use his arm to help the ball home.

The opener gave Manchester United a wake-up call, with Cristiano Ronaldo levelling from the penalty spot after Gunners defender was adjudged to have handled in the area.

A stunning 25-yard free-kick from Owen Hargreaves in the 72nd minute proved to be the eventual winner and all-but end Arsenal’s title hopes and ensure Arsene Wenger’s side ended a third consecutive season without a trophy.


Manchester United: Van der Sar, Evra, Ferdinand, Pique, Brown, Scholes (Anderson 55), Carrick, Park (Tevez 55), Hargreaves (Giggs 89), Ronaldo, Rooney

Goals: Ronaldo pen 53, Hargreaves 72

Arsenal: Lehmann, Toure (Hoyte 85), Gallas, Clichy, Eboue (Walcott 61), Hleb, Silva, Fabregas, Song, Van Persie (Bendtner 76), Adebayor

Goals: Adebayor 48

What they said

Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Manchester United’s comeback win as they took a huge step towards claiming the Premier League title.

“We’ve got over a nervous day. I thought it was a fantastic game, absolutely outstanding. You won’t see a better game anywhere this season.

“Arsenal had some great moments, they were brilliant at times. They bossed the first half and we looked nervous at times because of what today meant.”

Arsene Wenger thought his side were unlucky to lose and conceded that the defeat saw them drop out of the Premier League title race.

“We are out of the title race of course, we know that. We played with quality and spirit, but what can you do about the result now?

“We had plenty of chances and I feel we were very unlucky not to win the game, but we have to accept what happened.”

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