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Man United - The Real Rivalry?

Man United - The Real Rivalry?

Totten*am may be geographically our closest rivals, but unquestionably during the Wenger years Manchester United have been our fiercest rivals in a footballing sense.

The giants of north and south have traded titles, cups, and mind-games in equal measure until the arrival of the Russian`s millions in West London, and United are threatening to land the Premiership yet again.

The last ten years have seen tense, high-profile clashes between the protagonists from opposite ends of the country. In Wenger`s first full season United were humbled home and away as Arsenal romped to the double. David Platt secured a 3-2 triumph at Highbury, with Marc Overmars scoring the only goal in a crucial contest at Old Trafford.

The following season started with Arsenal comfortably lifting the Charity Shield, 3-0 against United at Wembley, yet ended with United claiming a dramatic treble. Arsenal claimed four of the six league points on offer but were stunned in the FA Cup semi-final when Bergkamp`s last-minute penalty miss gave Giggs the chance to grab the winner in extra-time.

United claimed the first two titles of the twenty-first century which began with Arsenal claiming a second Charity Shield at United`s expense. The next three league clashes produced one win, one defeat, and one draw, before United crushed a weakened Arsenal side 6-1 at Old Trafford in December 2001.

Revenge was fully extracted the following season as Arsenal won all three games against Fergie`s charges (including a 4-0 League Cup triumph). Thierry Henry struck twice in a 3-1 win at Highbury, but the big contest of the season saw the Gunners clinch the double, at Old Trafford of all places, with a single Wiltord strike.

In 2002-03 United won 2-0 at Old Trafford, yet Arsenal returned the compliment at the same venue on the way to another triumph in Cardiff. Honours were shared in the league game at Highbury and United regained the title. As 'the invincibles` reclaimed the Premiership in 2004 United did as well as anyone against the undefeated champions, drawing both home and away.

2004-5 opened with another Arsenal Community Shield triumph, but it was United who ended the forty-nine match unbeaten run at Old Trafford, and went on to claim victories in a League Cup clash, and the return League fixture at Highbury. Arsenal ended the season on a high however with a penalty shoot-out victory in the FA Cup Final at Cardiff. So to last season and United`s last appearance at Highbury ended in a no-score draw. The hosts claimed the homours with a 2-0 win at Old Trafford.

Most of these clashes have been high octane affairs which have gripped the imagination, and there is little doubt that the latest instalment on Sunday will be eagerly anticipated by fans worldwide. Arsenal have already toppled United at Old Trafford, courtesy of Adebayor`s superb finish, but Fergie`s men are desperate for the points to strengthen their grip on first place. It looks like being a real belter!

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Date:Thursday January 18 2007
Time: 2:44PM


it will be a cracker, can't wait for it. and ive heard rumours about cesc and rvp not being fit, and gallas to play, can anyone tell me more about these rumours and injuries?
18/01/2007 14:56:00
about time, was wondering if we were psoting anything this week :P it is without doubt the 2 fixtures i look forward to most of all.. it is a north / south divide although most of united fans are southern poofs.. looking forward to sunday, they are always good games to wtach and be nervous about.
18/01/2007 15:00:00
we are closer to you than you are to them. so i think not
Jacky B
18/01/2007 15:14:00
Did you not bother reading the article? We may be your biggest rivals, but I can gurantee, you way down the pecking order on ours!!
18/01/2007 15:17:00
Although we do hate you very much if that makes you feel any better?!?!
18/01/2007 15:18:00
No i didn't, but with a headline like that you are asking for it - They are prob just as worried about you, as you are us - not very much that is
Jacky B
18/01/2007 15:20:00
And i hate you too! I am not denying that in a sporting sense, over the last decade they have been your "biggest rivals". And i also know that the article is meant to be insulting to Yids. It should also mean you wont care that much next time we beat you (hopefully on Wed)
Jacky B
18/01/2007 15:22:00
Here's the rub Jacky. They may feasibly beat us, although I fancy us to repeat our win at Old Trafford. You, on the other hand, couldn't beat an egg!
18/01/2007 15:38:00
Well if comment on article without reading them, you leave yourself open to ridicule. I won't deny wanting to beat you in this semi, but if you had to beat us in any competition, I'd prefer it be this one!!
18/01/2007 15:40:00
nice one. i hope you can't say that next week. Changing subject slightly - Arsenal seem to be doing whatever they want again (with regard to CC tickets) Fa says 12.2% - you say no. So, now you only get 3,000 tickets for the leg at White Hart Lane.
Jacky B
18/01/2007 15:41:00
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