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Vidic onside? No way Jose

ESPN staff
January 13, 2013
Nemanja Vidic was marginally offside when diverting Patrice Evra's header past Pepe Reina © Getty Images

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No way Jose

Unsurprisingly controversy surrounded a winning goal at Old Trafford as Manchester United beat Liverpool on Sunday. Nemanja Vidic, standing in an offside position, showed his instinctive goal-poaching talent to divert Patrice Evra's header home without even looking at the ball. At first, it looked like Evra's goal. On second glance, it was Vidic's. On the third take, it was offside.

So Liverpool should have got a point. Certainly that's what the voice of football Jose Enrique thought: "Vidic goal is offside..." he tweeted. Case closed.

James DaMilner

Manchester City arrived at Arsenal on Sunday having failed to score in their five previous trips to Emirates Stadium in the Premier League. The last City player to score at Arsenal was USA international DaMarcus Beasley, who scored a consolation goal in a 3-1 defeat in April 2007.

James Milner was an unlikely man to break that duck, but there was no doubting the finish as the England international lashed home from an acute angle as City went on to claim a 2-0 victory - their first league win at Arsenal in 37 years.

Koscielny's bear tackle

Laurent Koscielny can't really have too many complaints after being sent off against City. Hauling down Edin Dzeko in the penalty box with both arms probably wasn't his finest moment. For those of you who didn't have the pleasure of witnessing it live, it was somewhere between a bear hug and a rugby tackle.

With Arsenal reduced to ten men after just ten minutes, Koscielny headed off for an early bath, although he probably hadn't worked up enough of a sweat to need one.

Koscielny's sending off was his third of his Arsenal career. Only three Gunners have been sent off more in the Premier League than Koscielny - Patrick Vieira, Martin Keown, Tony Adams. Tut tut.

Painful Wisdom teeth

Andre Wisdom was almost responsible for sending Pepe Reina to a Manchester dentist on Sunday, after his cheeky shove backfired during the first half. A goalmouth scramble ensued when Robin van Persie's goalbound flick was cleared off the line by Martin Skrtel, leaving the ball sitting tantalising five yards from goal.

Shinji Kagawa strode towards the ball, eyes wide open as a goal surely beckoned. Cue Wisdom's push on the United man, knocking him off balance as he bypassed the ball and ploughed directly into Reina, The Liverpool keeper momentarily looked concussed, but the sight of Brad Jones warming up was all it took for him to quickly come to his senses.


You've got to hand it to Mr Van Persie, the man deals in goals - and plenty of them. His first-half strike - a sweeping finish past Reina - was his ninth goal in his last nine Premier League games, statistics even Stewart Downing has to admire.

Van Persie ended up scoring the first and creating the second for United, yet the man-of-the match award went to team-mate Danny Welbeck, who "worked hard", "put in a good shift" but ultimately wasted a plethora of good chances for the home side.

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