Arsenal were generally in control of the game at the Emirates and in the end ran out as comfortable 3-1 winners, despite going into halftime at 1-1.
Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City (Rosicky)
Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City (Beasley)
Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City (Fabregas)
Arsenal 3-1 Manchester City (Baptista)
Manchester United had a torrid time at Old Trafford against Sheffield United, a back five of Kuszczak, Fletcher, Brown, Heinze and Evra (who was replaced by Richardson in the first half) managing to keep a clean sheet against a hardworking but toothless Sheff Utd.
Manchester United 1-0 Sheffield United (Carrick)
Manchester United 2-0 Sheffield United (Rooney)
Rio Ferdinand needs to return for the Boro game, or United need to play Cathcart as a center-back, Heinze as left-back and another youth team player at right-back – the current setup is rigged for disaster.
Last week, I jokingly wondered if United would have enough players left standing for the key end of the season games.
That’s becoming a serious worry for United’s defence right now.
However, as long as Rio returns, Manchester United should be good.