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FA Cup

  • 12 March 2011
  • • 17:15
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 74693

Live Commentary

  • FULL-TIME!!! Manchester United go to Wembley for the semi-finals of the FA Cup at the expense of Arsenal. The Gunners had their chances but goals from Fabio Da Silva and Wayne Rooney condemned Arsene Wenger's side to their third cup competition exit in two weeks. United are still on course for the treble and end their two game losing streak. A good night for Sir Alex Ferguson but another miserable night for Wenger and Arsenal.
  • 90' + 7'
    Paul Scholes is a lucky boy as first he flies into a needless tackle on Samir Nasri and then he pushes Marouane Chamakh. It's needless from the midfielder.
  • 90' + 5'
    Getting into the final stages at Old Trafford and still Arsenal continue to miss clear cut chances as Tomas Rosicky just misses Bacary Sagna's cross. he kicks thin air as the ball goes across the face of the goal.
  • 90' + 4'
    Poor challenge from Paul Scholes as he clatters into Marouane Chamakh. The former England midfielder goes into the referee's book.
  • 90' + 3'
    Yellow Card Paul Scholes
  • 90' + 3'
    Manchester United are really strutting their stuff now and after some lovely one touch football Ryan Giggs releases Wayne Rooney, but with only Manuel Almunia to beat the England striker scuffs his shot wide.
  • 90'
    Wayne Rooney has a shot saved by Mauel Almunia. There will be eight minutes of added time because of the inkury to Johan Djourou.
  • 88'
    Manchester United stream away on the counter once again but Javier Hernandez's cross is over hit and goes out for a throw-in.
  • 87'
    We are back underway after the injury stoppage.
  • 85'
    It really doesn't look good for Djourou as the medical staff take their time in treating the injury. The Swiss international is now being stretchered from the field. it loos as though his season could be over. That is a big blow for Arsene Wenger's side for the season's run-in.
  • 82'
    There is a break in play at the moment as Johan Djourou recieves treatment for what looks like a bad injury. He looks to have damaged his shoulder.
  • 80'
    SubstitutionPatrice Evra Paul Scholes
  • 80'
    Manchester United are in full flow on the counter-attack as Ryan Giggs finds Wayne Rooney down the right and his cut back finds Javier Hernandez, but his shot is clawed away from goal by Manuel Almunia.
  • 78'
    Another superb save from Edwin Van der Sar keeps Arsenal at bay. Tomas Rosicky thumps a shot from the edge of the box goalwards but once again the Dutchman is in the way. Cue the chants of 'one more year' from the United fans.
  • 76'
    Now it's Marouane Chamakh's turn to squander a clear cut chance. Bacary Sagna's cross is inch perfect for the striker but his header is poor and too colse to Edwin Van der Sar. It was a good save but Chamakh really could have got his side back into the game with a better header.
  • 75'
    More free flowing football from Arsenal but yet again no end product. Jack Wilshere is at the heart of it again and he plays a neat give and go with Samir Nasri, but his shot flies wide of Edwin Van der Sar's goal.
  • 73'
    Last throw of the dice for Arsene Wenger as he brings on Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky for Abou Diaby and Andrey Arshavin. It is Ramsey's first appearance for Arsenal since breaking his leg last season.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionAndrey Arshavin Tomas Rosicky
  • 72'
    SubstitutionA. Diaby Aaron Ramsey
  • 71'
    Arsenal are still pushing forward but they are lacking the killer instinct. Jack Wilshere puts in a good ball for Marouane Chamakh but the striker's header loops onto the top of the cross bar.
  • 69'
    Arsenal's fans are urging the Gunners to try and get back in this tie but at the moment they are struggling to break down Manchester United's solid back four. Also, with Arsenal pushing forward they look increasingly vulnerable from the counter-attack.
  • 67'
    It's now Marouane Chamak's turn to test Edwin Van der Sar with a low drive from the edge of the box, but the United keeper is up to the task again.
  • 66'
    Manchester United nearly put the game to bed but substitute Ryan Giigs was just to slow in trying to get his shot away.
  • 64'
    SubstitutionRafael Ryan Giggs
  • 64'
    Robin Van Persie goes close for the visitors as his curling left foot shot goes agonisingly wide of the far post.
  • 63'
    Samir Nasri slips Bacary Sagna into the box but the full-back's cross is cleared away again by Chris Smalling. Alongside Nemanja Vidic the young Englishman has been outstanding this evening.
  • 61'
    John O’Shea clips Robin Van Persie on the edge of the box and gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position. The Dutchman picks himself up to take the free-kick but his effort hits the top of the wall.
  • 60'
    SubstitutionDenilson Marouane Chamakh
  • 60'
    Arsene Wenger seems to be going for broke now as Denilson is replaced by Marouane Chamakh.
  • 57'
    Samir Nasri has a glorious chance to get a lifeline for the Gunners as he meets the ball on the edge of the penalty area. He gets enough on a volley to send the ball flying goalwards but it is straight at Edwin Van der Sar who makes a comfortable save.
  • 53'
    The home side are full of confidence now and are streaming forward at every opportunity looking to pick off the holes in the Arsenal defence.
  • 49'
    Goal Wayne Rooney
  • 49'
    GOAL! UNITED HAVE A SECOND!!! That's what a great goalkeeper can do for a side. Minutes after Edwin Van der Sar keeps his side ahead in the game Wayne Rooney heads from close range to score the vital second for his side after latching onto the rebound from Javier Hernandez's saved shot.
  • 48'
    Arsenal have a fantastic opportunity to get on level terms as Laurent Koscielny storms forward and after some great interchange play with him and Robin Van Persie he gets a shot away on goal. It looks all the world like a goal but Edwin van der Sar pulls off a superb finger-tip save.
  • 47'
    The United goal scorer Fabio has been replaced at half-time by Anotnio Valencia. The winger is making his first appearance since breaking his ankle early in the season.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionFabio Da Silva Antonio Valencia
  • 46'
    Manchester United get us underway for the second-half...
  • 45'
    Samir Nasri goes close for Arsenal. The Frenchman cuts inside form the left and shapes to cross but fires a shot in at Edwin Van der Sar's near post. The Dutch keeper is nearly caught out but he does manage get down sharplyto his right and save.
  • 45'
    The referee calls a halt to proceedings for the first-half. Arsenal have looked good in this first-half but it is Manchester United who have the lead thanks to Fabio's tap-in. Arsene Wenger now has some thinking to do ahead of the second-half otherwise his side will go out of three cup competitions in two weeks. Join us in 15 minutes to see if the Gunners can get back into the tie or whether United will be heading to Wembley for the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
  • 43'
    Manchester United get some relief from the Arsenal onslaught as Chris Smalling charges forward on the break. The defender does well holding up play, allowing his team-mates to join the attack. Rafael is played in behind the Arsenal defence but his cross is dealt with by Johan Djourou.
  • 39'
    Arsene Wenger's side are showing all of their fancy footwork but they are still lacking any cutting edge in the final thrid.
  • 36'
    The Gunners are looking good and their passing and movement is getting them into some good positions, but Manchester United are holding on and still lead 1-0.
  • 33'
    Another great Arsenal move see's Samir Nasri play Robin Van Persie in on goal and the Dutchman fires across Edwin Van der Sar, who gets a god fingertip to the shot. From the resultant corner Van Persie has another great chance as he gets to the near post but he sends his header just wide. Good reaction from Arsenal but they still have nothing to show for it.
  • 31'
    Arsenal will be wondering how they are a goal behind here but that is the situation they have to deal with now. After the disappointments of the last few weeks it will be interesting to see how they react.
  • 28'
    Goal Fabio Da Silva
  • 28'
    And United have the lead totally against the run of play. Wayne Rooney picks out Javier Hernandez with a perfectly waited cross and the Mexican gets a strong header on target. Manuel Almunia makes a terrific save but theFabio gets onto the rebound and puts his finish into the roof of the net. Great counter-attacking stuff from United.
  • 25'
    Robin Van Persie tries his luck with a speculative left footed effort from the edge of the box, but Edwin Van der Sar sees it all the way and easily catches the ball.
  • 24'
    Arsenal really starting to turn the screw as a patient bit of build up football in and around the Manchester United penalty area sees the ball played out wide to Bacary Sagna. The full-back's cross is cleared only as far as Jack Wilshere, who plays the ball to Kieron Gibbs but his cross is als headed away. While United haven't seen much of the ball they have looked solid at the back.
  • 21'
    Nothing really going for Manchester United at the moment. Patrice Evra picks up the ball in acres of space but plays a ball straight through to Manuel Almunia. The home side are just void of ideas as they look to get into this game.
  • 19'
    Neat play from Samir Nasri as he nutmegs Patrice Evra and steams past him. He tries to clip a ball into the path of Robin Van Persie but Chris Smalling is there to clear the danger.
  • 15'
    Despite not really having much of a foothold in the game Manchester United create the best opening of the match so far. Darron Gibson does brilliantly to work some space on the edge of the box and feeds Fabio down the left. The stand in winger puts a good ball into the box and his twin brother gets on the end of it but his effort goes over the bar. He should have done better with that chance.
  • 14'
    Manchester United appear to be struggling to finad their rhythm going forward at the moment. With seven defender in the side it is no surprise but Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez are feeding off scraps.
  • 11'
    Edwin Van der Sar uncharacteristicly puts one of his team-mates under pressure with a bad throw out and Samir Nasri steals in and lays the ball off to Jack Wilshere 35-yards from goal. Wilshere leaves the ball to Andrey Arshavin who hits a first time shot wide.
  • 8'
    Arsenal appear to have settled quickly into their passing rhythm and have already seen more of the ball than they did during the entire 90 minutes in the Nou Camp on Tuesday night. A neat passing move ends with Jack Wilshere spreading the play to Keiran Gibbs, but the Englishman's cross is straight into the hands of Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 7'
    Greg Stobart, our man at Old Trafford, reports: "Nice touch of humour from the Arsenal fans – they chanted 'off, off, off' after Hernandez played the ball despite being flagged offside. Great noise here, especially from the Arsenal fans, who seem to have got over the disappointment of Tuesday night and are full of optimism."
  • 5'
    Greg Stobart, our man at Old Trafford, reports:'Giggs: Tearing you apart since 1991.' "That's the new banner on the Stretford End and it's thoroughly deserved recognition for Ryan Giggs, a wonderful professional and United legend celebrating his 20th year here. The Welshman is on the bench today but can expect a brilliant reception if and when he's introduced by Sir Alex Ferguson."
  • 3'
    Great play from Arsenal as Robin Van Persie flicks on Manuel Almunia's clearance to Andrey Arshavin. The Russian goes past Wes brown as if he is not there and plays a one-two and gets a shot away but it is saved by Edwin Van der Sar. This game has started at electric place.
  • 2'
    Early Manchester United pressure as Rafel's croos is blocked but the rebound falls into the path of Javier Hernandez. The Mexican international gets a shot away but he is flagged off-side.
  • 1'
    We are off at Old Trafford....
  • We are minutes away from kick-off and Arsenal will get us underway shortly.
  • The teams are in the tunnel....
  • Our man at Old Trafford today is Greg Stobart, he reports: "Marseille boss Didier Deschamps is here today on a scouting mission ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League decided, but it's hard to see what he will learn from the Manchester United team Sir Alex Ferguson has selected today, which has raised more than a few eyebrows in the press room.While Ferguson has selected seven defenders in his starting 11, Arsene Wenger has picked a strong Gunners side, with the injured Cesc Fabregas the only notable absentee for the visitors.Arsenal have brought a 9,000-strong travelling army and they must now fancy their chances of booking a semi-final spot today, which would be a huge psychological boost after a tough couple of weeks."
  • Here is the side picked by Arsene Wenger: Arsenal: Almunia; Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Gibbs; Denilson, Diaby, Wilshere; Nasri, Van Persie, Arshavin. Subs: Shea, Squillaci, Clichy, Eboue, Rosicky, Ramsey, Chamakh.
  • Here is the Manchester United line-up: Manchester United: Van der Sar; Brown, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Rafael, Gibson, O'Shea, Fabio; Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Kuszczak, Giggs, Scholes, Valencia, Berbatov, Obertan, King.
  • Hello and welcome to's live text commentary of this evening's FA Cup quarter-final clash between Manchester United and Arsenal. The two rivals go head-to-head for a place in the semi-finals at Wembley on the back of difficult weeks, so both will be looking to bounce back with a bang at old Trafford.