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Champions: March 2008

In-form United took maximum points from five league matches this month, with the high point a win over local rivals Liverpool.

In February's review we noted that you don’t get six wins from six league games in the same month, because life’s not quite that perfect. But winning all five in a month? No problem at all.

United managed it for the second time in 2007/08 in March – without conceding a single goal – to take back top spot from the fading Gunners.

A 3-0 win at Craven Cottage, in which Owen Hargreaves scored his first goal for United, was secured without Vidic, Giggs, Ronaldo or Rooney in the starting line-up, yet United had an easier game than they would get from Fulham’s relegation rivals Derby two weeks later.

A 1-0 win at Pride Park was only secured with a 75th-minute Ronaldo finish, before another two goals from him secured an easy victory over Bolton at home.

Most United fans had one eye on the next league fixture, however – the visit of Liverpool to Old Trafford. You knew Rafa Benitez’s boys would love nothing more than to deprive their old rivals of a home win, but in truth they never even got close.

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March: League Results

Sat 1 Fulham (A) 3-0
Sat 15 Derby (A) 1-0
Wed 19 Bolton (H) 2-0
Sun 23 Liverpool (H) 3-0
Sat 29 Aston Villa (H) 4-0

Goal of the Month
Ronaldo v Aston Villa, 29 Mar 2008
Most good players will try something fancy when their team is cruising at three or four goals to the good. But only a man of Ronaldo's class and self-confidence could try it at 0-0.
His backheeled goal as the ball dropped to him in the penalty area after a corner was one of the most audacious moments of skill ever seen at OT.


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