5 May 2009, Emirates Stadium
Champions League semi-final, second leg
(van Persie pen 76)
MANCHESTER UNITED 3
(Park 8; Ronaldo 11, 61)
United: van der Sar; O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra (Rafael 65); Park, Anderson (Giggs 63), Fletcher (s/o 75), Carrick; Rooney (Berbatov 66); Ronaldo. Not used: Kuszczak, Evans, Scholes, Tevez.
Arsenal: Almunia; Sagna, Toure, Djourou, Gibbs (Eboue 45); Walcott (Bendtner 63), Fabregas, Song, Nasri; van Persie (Vela 79), Adebayor. Not used: Fabianski, Silvestre, Denilson, Diaby.
United reached the 2009 Champions League final and won for the first time at the Emirates Stadium with a devastating display of counter-attacking football.
Leading 1-0 from the first leg, the Reds opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Ji-sung Park took advantage of Kieran Gibbs' slip to score from close range.
Three minutes later the tie was effectively over as Cristiano Ronaldo let fly with a 40-yard free-kick rocket that left Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia flailing.
Ronaldo's second, a fine rising shot on the hour following Wayne Rooney's perfectly-weighted pass, sparked a mass exodus of home fans.
The only sour note on a jubilant evening was the late dismissal of Darren Fletcher for bringing down Cesc Fabregas inside the box, which ruled the Scot out of the final. Robin van Persie smashed home the penalty but it was too little, too late for the Gunners.