FOOTBALL NEWS

31/08/2009 08:42, Report by Nick Coppack

Foster won us the points

Wes Brown admitted the Reds “were a bit lucky” against Arsenal on Saturday, although praised Ben Foster for keeping United in the match with a point-blank save from Robin van Persie.

At the time, Sir Alex’s men were already 1-0 down courtesy of a first-half strike from Andrey Arshavin. And when the ball fell to van Persie six yards from goal it looked certain he would double the visitors’ advantage. But Foster had other ideas, sticking out a big left boot to deny the Dutchman.

“I don’t know how he stopped it,” Brown told MUTV. “He kept us in the game. I think he got his big toe in the way of it!

“He said at half-time that he felt he should have done better with [Arshavin’s] goal, so to come out and make some good saves in the second half was fabulous.”

After Ben’s bit of brilliance, United rallied to equalise through Wayne Rooney from the penalty spot and then, five minutes later, go in front thanks to a bizarre Abou Diaby own goal.

“We came out in the second half and got straight back at them,” Brown said. “I think we deserved the goal that Rooney scored although we were a bit lucky with the own goal. But you take anything and everything you can get.

“It was a great ball in from Giggsy. I’m not sure there was any real danger – I think [Diaby] just misjudged it and headed it in.

“It was a really important win. With Chelsea winning early in the day against Burnley we had to keep that gap as small as possible. Beating Arsenal was a great result – we need to keep going now.”

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