Seemingly surrounded by a trio of FC Arsenal defenders, South Korea World Cup winger JI-SUNG PARK (13) positions his body to send a looping header on goal in the 41st minute of the critical Premier League match at Old Trafford in the northwest of England. (PA/dailymail.co)
A solitary goal towards the end of the first half and solid work in between the sticks secured MANCHESTER UNITED a 1-0 win over FC ARSENAL and first place in the English Premier League.
South Korea World Cup winger JI-SUNG PARK, who has started exactly half of Manchester United’s league games this term, headed the only goal the Red Devils would require after a right wing cross from Portugal international NANI.
Park, who has been commanding a regular place in the first team for Manchester United since a pair of goals against Wolverhampton Wolves in early November, now counts four goals in the Premier League and six, overall, in all competitions for the Red Devils this 2010-11 season.
Arsenal’s French manager ARSENE WEGNER gave a Premier League debut in goal to 20-year-old WOJCIECH SZCZESNY. The Poland international with one cap had played exactly twice in the Carling League Cup for the London club this season entering the match with Manchester United. In all, the youngster did well but was unable to keep out Park’s header.
Meanwhile, 40-year-old Holland international EDWIN VAN DER SAR, with a little help from Serbia World Cup defender NEMANJA VIDIC, turned in a clean sheet for Manchester United, who remain the only unbeaten side in all the Premiership.
Manchester United’s WAYNE ROONEY had a glorious opportunity to double the Red Devils’ advantage in the 74th minute; the England World Cup striker, however, hammered his shot over the crossbar as his struggles to score goals continue unabated.
MANCHESTER UNITED : van der Sar – Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra – Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson (Giggs 85′) – Nani, Rooney, Park
FC ARSENAL : Szczesny – Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy – Song, Rosicky (Fabregas 64′), Wilshere (van Persie 64′), Nasri – Arshavin (Walcott 77′) – Chamakh