Arsenal 1 – Manchester United 3 (Premier League, January 31, 2010) (Longer highlights here and extended highlights here & MOTD highlights here.) Following a cagey opening half hour Nani put Manchester United in front when he brilliantly beat three men with a jinking round down the right and saw his mishit cross palmed in by Almunia. Four minutes after the opener, United broke in a flash and Nani played in Wayne Rooney who swept the ball home for the second. Seven minutes into the second half Ji-Sung Park looked to have wrapped up the victory with an easy finish after Carrick had played him in over the top. Thomas Vermaelen pulled one back for the Gunners with ten minutes remaining with an acrobatic effort that deflected off Evans.
Manchester City 2 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, January 31, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) After dominating the first half but surviving a scare when Pompey struck the bar, Manchester City struck five minutes from the break when Ireland floated a ball over the top to Emmanuel Adebayor and the returning striker controlled and thundered home a half volley. All too easily the Citizens grabbed a second on the stroke of halftime as Vincent Kompany had a mockery of Ben Haim’s marking to power home a corner.
Staebek 0 – Manchester United reserves 3 (Friendly, January 31, 2010) For the second match in succession, new United centre-forward Mame Biram Diouf bagged a brace for the reserves, including a header in the 37th minute, before the striker completed a man-of-the-match performance teeing up Joe Dudgeon for a third.
Coventry 1 – Blackpool 1 (Championship, January 30, 2010) Brett Ormerod received a straight red early in the second half for an elbow but team-mate Barry Bannan went on to put the Tangerines ahead with a fabulous 30-yard lob. A late Coventry surge resulted in a own goal after a Gary Deegan shot deflected off John-Baptiste and into the net.
Derby 1 – Nottingham Forest 0 (Championship, January 30, 2010) Derby striker Rob Hulse scored the only goal of the game in the 78th minute to end rivals Forest’s amazing 19-match unbeaten run. The match was spoiled after the goal when a massive brawl between the clubs broke out, with the technical staff of both teams even getting involved.