Park header sends United top at expense of Arsenal

Without really hitting top gear Manchester United defeated a disappointing Arsenal 1-0 at Old Trafford to leapfrog the Gunners at the top of the table.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will not have been impressed with his team’s showing as they rarely troubled United, who themselves were rarely extended.

They could even afford the luxury of missing second half penalty from Wayne Rooney who blazed the ball wide after Gael Clichy had been harshly adjudged to have handled.

The Reds have now won ten of their last eleven meetings against Arsenal and the scorer of the only goal this time was Ji-Sung Park.

The South Korean’s athletic header just before the break proved decisive as Arsenal’s impressive keeper Wojciech Szczesny was finally beaten.

The Gunners best efforts fell to Marouane Chamakh, who missed with a header and had a shot blocked by Nemanja Vidic, but overall this was performance, apart from the keeper, in which few of the visiting players enhanced their reputation.

Referee: Howard Webb

Venue: Old Trafford
Attendance: 75,227

Man Utd scorers: Park 41
Arsenal scorers:

01 Van der Sar
03 Evra
05 Ferdinand
15 Vidic
21 Rafael Da Silva
08 Anderson (Giggs 85)
13 Park Ji-Sung
16 Carrick
17 Nani
24 Fletcher
10 Rooney

29 Kuszczak,
06 Brown,
12 Smalling,
11 Giggs,
09 Berbatov,
14 Hernandez,
26 Obertan

53 Szczesny
03 Sagna
06 Koscielny
18 Squillaci
22 Clichy
07 Rosicky (Fabregas 64)
08 Nasri (yellow card)
17 A Song (yellow card)
19 Wilshere (Van Persie 64)
23 Arshavin (yellow card) (Walcott 77)
29 Chamakh (yellow card)

21 Fabianski,
20 Djourou,
04 Fabregas,
14 Walcott,
15 Denilson,
10 Van Persie,
52 Bendtner

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