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MANCHESTER UNITED
TEAM NOTES
Coach: Sir Alex Ferguson (since November 1986) Premiership
Record: 15-4-6
Rank: 2nd, 51 points
Last Result: 4-2 win vs. Fulham, February 4
Streak: Won 1 Next Game: at Portsmouth, February 11 Carling Cup Last Result: Semi-final, second leg 2-1 win vs. Blackburn Rovers, January 25 (advanced 3-2 on aggregate) Next Game: FINAL against Wigan Athletic, February 26 FA Cup Last Result: 4th Round 3-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers, January 29 Next Game: 5th Round at Liverpool, February 18 After conceding four goals three days before at Blackburn Rovers, Manchester United scored four in getting the better of Fulham. In another exciting contest, Ji-Sung Park's deflected shot and Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick put United two ahead inside 13 minutes. Brian McBride hit back for Fulham but Louis Saha then scored for United against his former club seconds later (although television replays showed Ruud van Nistelrooy was offside in the build-up), and even though Heidar Helguson's goal gave Fulham hope, Ronaldo's late strike sealed United's victory. Still 15 points behind Chelsea at he top of the table, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "I think the sensible opinion is that Chelsea have got the title as long as they don't throw it away. Things can happen. It happened to us once. But they are consistent. They would really need to make catastrophic mistakes to lose this league but you never know." This Saturday, United will visit strugglers Portsmouth having beaten them 3-0 at Old Trafford a couple of months ago.
SCOREBOARD
FINAL
Manchester United 3
Portsmouth 1
Match Summary
MAN - Ruud van Nistelrooy, 18th min.
MAN - Cristiano dos Santos Aveiro Ronaldo, 45th min.
SCORING-

PREMIER LEAGUE STANDINGS
Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
Chelsea 26 21 2 3 52 16 66
Manchester United 26 16 4 6 52 27 54
Liverpool 26 15 5 6 32 17 51
Tottenham Hotspur 26 12 5 9 35 22 45
Arsenal 26 12 9 5 39 21 41
WEST HAM UNITED 26 12 9 5 39 34 41
Bolton Wanderers 24 10 5 9 30 23 39
WIGAN ATHLETIC 26 12 11 3 30 32 39
Manchester City 26 11 11 4 36 30 37
Blackburn Rovers 25 11 10 4 31 31 37
Everton 26 11 12 3 19 32 36
Charlton Athletic 25 10 12 3 32 37 33
Fulham 26 9 12 5 36 37 32
Newcastle United 25 9 11 5 24 29 32
Aston Villa 26 7 10 9 32 35 30
Middlesbrough 25 7 11 7 33 44 28
WEST BROMWICH 26 7 14 5 24 38 26
Birmingham City 25 5 15 5 21 37 20
Portsmouth 26 4 16 6 18 45 18
SUNDERLAND 25 2 19 4 18 46 10

c-league champion, r-relegated to lower division
MANCHESTER UNITED SCHEDULE
Date Time Teams Stories
Sat. January 1st 12:00 p.m. ET Manchester United 2, Middlesbrough 0  
Tue. January 4th 02:45 p.m. ET Tottenham Hotspur 0, Manchester United 0  
Sat. January 15th 07:30 a.m. ET Manchester United 1, Liverpool 0  
Sat. January 22nd 10:00 a.m. ET Manchester United 3, Aston Villa 1  
Tue. February 1st 03:00 p.m. ET Manchester United 4, Arsenal 2  
 

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