Manchester United 1 Derby 0

Cristiano Ronaldo scores against Derby
DERBY: Cristiano Ronaldo scored the game winning goal to put Manchester United at the top of the Premiership. Derby was able to frustrated United for 85 minutes, before Cristiano Ronaldo was able to secure the result.

Derby was very resilient throughout the match. They certainly did not look like a team that was only able to snatch one victory all season long. Ronaldo scored his goal from close range with only 14 minutes to go. Cristiano Ronaldo leads the league with 22 Premiership goals this season.

Manchester United crashes out of FA Cup

MANCHESTER: Sulley Muntari put in a penalty kick in the 78th minute to give Portsmouth its first victory at Old Trafford since 1957. The goal came after goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak was given a red card for tripping Milan Baros in the penalty area which forced Rio Ferdinand to try and stop the penalty kick.

Referee Martin Atkinson denied Manchester United a penalty in the first half when Cristiano Ronaldo was knocked down by Sylvain Distin. Alex Ferguson was outraged by the decision and made some very critical comments of Martin Atkinson after the match.

United had several great chances to tie the match. Distin blocked an attempt by Michael Carrick after he had beaten goalkeeper David James. Then Patrice Evra fired a shot that David James was able to stop brilliantly of the goalpost.

Manchester United was not able to convert their numerous chances throughout the match into goals. After this weekends results, Portsmouth is the only Premiership side remaining in the FA Cup.

Manchester United advance over Lyon.

MANCHESTER: In a very cautious match and nervous atmosphere, Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal before half-time was enough to put Manchester United into the next round of the Champions League.

A game with few chances where one special moment from Cristiano Ronaldo was all that separated Manchester United and Lyon. Although, Manchester United deserved the victory, neither team was able to create many good chances. Cristiano Ronaldo received a standing ovation as he was substituted in the 90th minute for Owen Hargreaves. The full time score was 1-0 in favor of Manchester United. The aggregate result was 2-1 Manchester United.

The draw for the next round will be held on Friday March 14th, and will decide what team Manchester United will face next.

Barcelona to bid for Cristiano Ronaldo?

Barcelona are the latest team to show serious interest in signing Cristiano Ronaldo. The team plans to off load several players such as Deco and Ronaldinho to be able to finance a Cristiano Ronaldo deal. Barcelona’s influential sport director Txiki Begiristain was on the Spanish television show Gol a Gol over the weekend and said “Cristiano Ronaldo is a player we think we can sign in the summer. Cristiano Ronaldo is a key player for any club, but I still think it will be complicated to persuade Manchester United to sell in the summer.”

Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the highest valued player in the world at 40 million pounds.

Manchester United defeat Fulham 3-0

Owen Hargreaves delighted after giving Manchester United the lead.
LONDON: Manchester United earned a well deserved three points today after hammering relegation candidates Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage. On the other side of town at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal luckily managed to draw with Aston Villa 1-1 in the dying seconds. These results leave Arsenal on top of the Premiership with only a one point advantage over Manchester United.

In preparation for Tuesday’s Champions League second leg with Lyon, Alex Ferguson start the match with Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Nemanja Vidic on the bench. Although, in the 69th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney entered the match.

First half goals by Owen Hargreaves and Ji-sung Park put Manchester United in a comfortable position at the break. A own goal by Simon Davies sealed the result in the 72nd minute. Cristiano Ronaldo almost added a fourth goal in injury time as he struck the ball from outside the box only to be stopped by Antti Niemi.

The next match for Manchester United will be at Old Trafford against Olympique Lyonnais on Tuesday. With the scoreline at 1-1, Manchester United will have to put in a strong performance to ensure qualification to the next round of the Champions League.

Ronaldo and Rooney smash Newcastle

Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney
NEWCASTLE: Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney both got on the scoresheet twice as Manchester United defeated Newcastle 5-1. Manchester dominated the entire match similarly to their last meeting with Newcastle that ended 6-0 for United.

Cristiano Ronaldo assisted the first goal after he beat his defender and crossed the ball to the far post, where Wayne Rooney was able to coolly tuck it into the back of the net. Cristiano Ronaldo took things into his own hands when he clinically finished his chance for his 20th league goal right before half time. About ten minutes into the second half, Cristiano Ronaldo was at it again. This time he received a pass but slipped on the grass and lost the ball; however, Nani fought for it back and Michael Carrick passed the ball back to Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo took the ball and beat one man easily, then he dribbled by the goal keeper and put the ball in the back of the net as the Newcastle defenders put in a last ditch effort to prevent Cristiano Ronaldo’s 21st league goal. Soon after, Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted and received a standing ovation from the visiting United fans.

Ten minutes from time, Newcastle then was able to pull one goal back. However, Wayne Rooney ended any Newcastle hopes as he curled a shot from outside the box into the far side of the goal. The scoring was rounded off by Saha in injury time as the striker was able to receive a pass from Wayne Rooney and smash a low shot into the back of the net to put the score at 5-1. The next United match will be away against Fulham on March 1st, 2008.

Late Tevez goal levels United and Lyon

LYON: Manchester United was able to escape France in decent position to advance to the next stage. Karim Benzema, French football’s finest young talent whom Manchester United has expressed interest in recently, scored against the run of play putting Lyon is great position for a big upset.

Cristiano Ronaldo was lively in the first half and was able to draw bookings for Anthony Reveillere and Kim Kallstrom. Anthony Reveillere’s booking means that he will miss the return leg at Old Trafford. Cristiano Ronaldo had the last good chance of the first half when he out leaped his man and headed the ball over the goal. In the 54th minute, Karim Benzema gave Lyon the lead with a low driving shot that went in off the post.

Ten minutes later, Carlos Tevez came on the pitch for Paul Scholes. Manchester United took control of the match and Cristiano Ronaldo had a great opportunity that Gregory Coupet was somehow able to get his fingers on. Manchester United piled on the pressure and Michael Carrick saw his shot cleared near the Lyon goal line. The pressure finally paid off with about three minutes left to play. Carlos Tevez smashed the ball into the top of the net after Nani put in a cross that troubled the Lyon defense. Carlos Tevez’s late goal clearly swung the momentum on United’s favor as the next match will be played at Old Trafford.

Manchester United hammer Arsenal

MANCHESTER: A fifth round FA Cup match saw Manchester United rout ten-man Arsenal 4-0 today! Alex Ferguson gambled and rested Cristiano Ronaldo during this fixture. First half goals by Wayne Rooney, Darren Fletcher and Nani put Manchester United in a comfortable position at half time. The second half began with a clumsy challenge from Emmanuel Eboue that resulted in a straight red card. Darren Fletcher scored his second goal which completely ended any Arsenal hope of a comeback. The next fixture for Manchester United will be this week in a Champions League clash against Lyon. Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit and available for this fixture.

Manchester United 1 Manchester City 2

MANCHESTER: United suffered their second derby defeat of the season as Darius Vassell and Benjani Mwaruwari scored first half goals that proved to be enough to take all the points. Michael Carrick scored a late goal that gave United hope; however, it was not enough and the better team won on the day. Cristiano Ronaldo put in an average performance and at the end of the day had nothing to show for his effort. Overall the midfield was disorganized and chances were hard to come by. The next match for United is at Old Trafford against high flying Arsenal in the FA Cup on February 16th.