Man United   2

Fabio (28), Rooney (49)

Arsenal   0

12 MARCH 2011, OLD TRAFFORD ATTENDANCE: 74,693

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Man United
1Van der Sar
6Brown
12Smalling
15Vidic
3Evrasub18
2Rafaelsub11
28Gibson
22O'Shea
20Fabiogoalsub7
10Rooneygoal
14Hernandez
Subs:
29Kuszczak
18Scholessub3yellow card
11Giggssub2
9Berbatov
7Valenciasub20
25Obertan
41King
Arsenal
1Almunia
3Sagna
6Koscielny
20Djourou
28Gibbs
2Diabysub7
10Wilshere
15Denilsonsub29
19Nasri
23Arshavinsub16
10Van Persie
Subs:
7Rosickysub2
16Ramseysub23
18Squillaci
22Clichy
27Eboue
29Chamakhsub15
55Shea

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Edwin van der Sar – A double save to deny Koscielny, and a close-range parry to keep out Chamakh’s header were the highlights of an outstanding display

Wes Brown – Understandably looked a bit rusty at right-back, having not played there since November; endured a difficult shift at right-back against Arshavin and co

Chris Smalling – Had the measure of Arsenal after tough times against Chelsea and Liverpool; almost teed up Giggs at the other end with a salmon-esque leap

Nemanja Vidic – Showed what we were missing at Anfield with a commanding captain’s performance, peppered with blocks, headers and vital interceptions

Patrice Evra – Coped well with his countryman Nasri during a busy first half; had more respite and opportunity to go forward in the second period before being subbed

Rafael – Relished 64 minutes on the right wing; helped to create the first goal for Fabio after almost converting his brother’s cross with a header just over the bar

Darron Gibson – The only natural midfielder in United’s eleven had to play a more conservative game than normal, in the face of plentiful Arsenal possession

John O’Shea – Helped Gibson to break up Arsenal’s attacks, rattling into tackles as you’d expect of a defender playing in the engine room

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