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Man United progress to Round 5 of the FA Cup

match report Southampton 1 - 2 Manchester United

 Sir Alex Ferguson said he would not disrespect Southampton or the FA Cup by fielding a weakened team, then put out his reserves, and they looked like it. Manchester United were a goal down to their League One opponents and 25 minutes away from embarrassment when the cavalry came charging over the hill in the reassuring shape of Ryan Giggs and Nani, who turned the tide of battle and installed the Premier League leaders in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Neither scored, but both provided the touch of stardust that had been conspicuously lacking from so many colourless understudies, and Giggs set up the winner for Javier Hernández.

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Man United remain unbeaten and extend title lead

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Blackpool 2 - 3 Manchester United

 

In every season, every title race, there is always one moment when everything falls into place and, for Manchester United, this was possibly that night. Two-nil down with not even 20 minutes of normal time to play, it had looked like being a bruising experience for Sir Alex Ferguson's team, but that would be to under-estimate the competitive strengths of this side and the enduring qualities that now see them five points clear of their nearest challengers.

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Manchester United stretch title lead

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Manchester United 2 - 1 Stoke City

Manchester United continue to pick up the three points in second gear. United continue unbeaten through the Premier League campaign without looking totally convincing. This largely untroubled victory, lifting United free of Manchester City at the top, should both encourage and worry them.

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Manchester United defeat Liverpool to make it to FA Cup Round 4

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Manchester United 1 - 0 Liverpool

Steven Gerrard was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Michael Carrick as Kenny Dalglish’s return as Liverpool manager ended in defeat against Manchester United. Ryan Giggs’s second minute penalty proved the only goal of this third round tie, but Gerrard’s first-half dismissal all but ended Liverpool’s hopes of a positive result at Old Trafford.

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Manchester United cruise as Dimitar Berbatov strikes twice

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Manchester United 2 - 0 Sunderland

Even after this, Sir Alex Ferguson might wonder if his players really do have the cojones to win this season’s title race. He challenged them to demonstrate that they do ahead of this encounter, and they responded by teasing him with a perfectly competent, yet strangely tentative display.

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