Manchester United ease past lacklustre City; Chelsea trounce Arsenal in the “Losers Final”

Manchester United 2 – Manchester City 0 (Premier League, May 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Cristiano Ronaldo’s wonderful recent form continued against City in the derby, the United number 7 saw his free-kick deflect off Nigel de Jong and beat Shay Given after 18 minutes. Just before the break United scored a killer second, Berbatov combined with Carlos Tevez and, after shifting the ball out of his feet, the Argentine curled in the second off the post. A more subdued second half allowed the cameramen more time to focus on other things, including the Carlos Tevez bum-wiggle and a mouse running across the Old Trafford turf. Another talking point of the second half was the sulky adolescent behaviour of Cristiano Ronaldo after Sir Alex subbed the goalscorer.

Arsenal 1 – Chelsea 4 (Premier League, May 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) In the so-called “Losers Final,” Arsenal looked threatening early doors as Theo Walcott forced Cech into a seventh minute save, before Walcott shot narrowly wide after being teed up by Diaby ten minutes later. Cesc accused DIdier Drogba of diving, before Alexander Song was the next young Gun to shoot wide with the goal at his mercy, and Arsenal came to rue their missed chances as Alex headed home a Drogba free-kick off the underside of the bar. Matters worsened for Arsenal when Nicolas Anelka cracked a super swerving shot past Fabianski in the 39th minute. (First half highlights here.) With Arsenal still looking shellshocked after the break Chelsea quickly chalked up a third, Malouda freed Ashley Cole down the left and his cross was turned into his own net by Kolo Toure. Walcott was then guilty of missing the target yet again as Arsenal looked to save face, Nicklas Bendtner eventually coming off the bench to pull a goal back with a header. The Gunners then played their best football of the match only for a Florent Malouda to kill the match with a late fourth.

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Bury 0 – Shrewsbury 1* (Agg. 1-1) (Pens. 3-4) (League Two play-offs second-leg, May 10, 2009) Goalkeeper Luke Daniels, on-loan from West Bromwich Albion, was the hero after saving Phil Jevons’ penalty in normal time and denying Danny Racchi and Andy Bishop in the shootout. The Shrews were two minutes from losing until Kevin McIntyre took the tie into extra time after scoring from 15 yards in the 88th minute.

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Glossop North End 0 – Whitley Bay 2 (FA Vase Cup, May 10, 2009) Ten minutes before the interval Lee Kerr was set up by Ken Chow and he went past two defenders before finding the back of the net. And it got better for the North Tynesiders a minute before half time as Chow finished off a superb flowing Whitley Bay move.