Midweek Manchester victory, and a Chelsea cruise

BRITAIN SOCCERThe Red Devils played hosts to the men from Greater Manchester yesterday, after the visitors had won six of their last seven outings. Manchester United on the other hand, seemed unfazed as they continued to display their splendid home run that sees them sitting pretty with a no loss record at Old Trafford this season.

The tone of the game was set in the first minute as the resolute Red Devils opened the scoring, due to a Ronaldo cross that saw Rooney do what he does best. Minutes later, the temperamental forward tottered off the pitch after he picked up an injury. His replacement came in the form of Carlos Tevez, who almost succeeded in increasing their lead around the half hour mark.

After the break, the Latics seemed to have got a sound session with their boss, as they started to display some of their recent form. On the other hand, United were looking flat and pensive at times.

However, time was of the essence and with only fifteen minutes remaining, Steve Bruce switched Henri Camara for Amr Zaki. Wigan started to mount pressure on their opponents, but it kept amounting to nothing.

The title contenders could have shut the door with five minutes remaining on the clock, as Ronaldo went past Figueroa and fed Berbatov with a ball that was sent just inches wide of the post.

Bruce’s side continued to pressure their opponents, but to no avail. Eventually Sir Alex walked away the happier manager, as his side managed to scrape three points off the in-form visitors.

Elsewhere in the FA Cup, Chelsea got past Southend in tie that saw them stress their status late in the game. The game got off with a hiccup, as Adam Barett headed in the icebreaker giving the Shrimpers the lead. But the Blues scored four, one each for Ballack, Kalou, Anelka and Lampard, to seal their victory and complete the rout of an opposition deemed unworthy of competition for the title contenders.

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