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Friday 31 January 2014

On this day in 2010: Rooney and Nani inspire Man Utd victory

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Manchester United earning a win at Arsenal

We remember Aston Villa scoring five against Leicester City, Liverpool signing Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll and Manchester United winning at Arsenal rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

31 January 2010 – Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United

Wayne Rooney and Nani inspired Manchester United to victory at the Emirates Stadium and kept up the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Arsenal and United went into the game with just a point and a place separating them but the win left Sir Alex Ferguson's side, in second spot, only a point behind leaders Chelsea, having played one more match.

Nani was responsible for the visitors' 33rd-minute opener as he tricked his way past Cesc Fabregas and raced into the area before his cross was turned into his own net by Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

Four minutes later the visitors turned defence into attack as Rooney, in the middle of his own half, set Nani free down the right. The England striker raced on to receive the return pass just inside the Arsenal area before coolly slotting home his 100th Barclays Premier League goal.

Seven minutes after half-time the contest was over as Park Ji-Sung ran unchallenged from his own half to slide the ball past Almunia.

Thomas Vermaelen scored a consolation for Arsenal in the 80th minute when his falling volley was deflected past Edwin van der Sar by Jonny Evans.

"Maturity is why we are seeing the best of Nani now," said United manager Ferguson. "His last three matches have been absolutely first-class but today was his best. Rooney was the key player in the sense they just couldn’t handle him."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger lamented his side giving United "too much room". He said: "We were naïve and it is difficult to say straight after the match why we were not at our level. It is a massive blow and a massive disappointment. The players wanted to win and they are really down."

Neither side saw their title dream come true at the end of the season with Ferguson's side finishing second, one point behind champions Chelsea and 10 ahead of the Gunners.

  • Superb individual play from Nani resulted in the opening goal for Man Utd

  • Wayne Rooney capped off a swift counter-attack to double the visitors' advantage

  • Park Ji-Sung made it 3-0 in emphatic style, as the Red Devils earned an impressive win

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when goals from Nani, Rooney and Park earned Man Utd a 3-1 success at Arsenal