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曼联创造三连冠

2009-06-01 09:17BBC中国网

United Make It Three in a Row

  A nil-nil draw might not be the most spectacular way to clinch a championship, but Saturday's game against Arsenal showed some of Manchester United’s best qualities – their defence, their grit and their ability to perform under pressure.

  United only needed a draw, but Arsenal had no intention of making things easy for them. With the pressure off, Arsene Wenger's side played much better than in the sides' recent Champions League semi-final clash

  Arsenal's first opportunity came 13 minutes into the game, when Andrey Arshavin sent a cross through to Van Persie, but the ball was headed off target.

  Four minutes later it was United's turn to miss a chance, with Rooney heading John O'Shea's cross wide.

  Arsenal keeper Lukas Fabianski didn't have the busiest match but he did well to deflect a shot later on from Tevez. It was the Argentine's final contribution to the game and, with ongoing speculation about his future at the club, may represent his final flourish at Old Trafford.

  His manager Sir Alex Ferguson substituted him shortly afterwards for Ji-Sung Park. The home crowd howled its disapproval at this decision, and for his part Tevez milked the situation, taking his time to wave goodbye to all sides of the ground.

  The final part of the game turned into a nail-biter for the United supporters as they waited to see whether they would have to keep their fireworks for another week.

  But further attempts on the home goal by Fabregas and Van Persie came to nothing and with the final whistle still ringing in the crowd's ears, club captain Gary Neville lifted the Barclays Premier League trophy.

  Speaking after the match, Neville put United's success down to the quality of the whole squad rather than the magic of one or two star players.

  Fans showed their joy and relief at a match marking United's third premiership title in a row, and their 18th championship win altogether, a national record equalled only by Liverpool.

  That seems fitting after a season which will be remembered for the intense rivalry between the two clubs, with Liverpool dogging United’s heels in the final stages of the competition.

  Ferguson enjoyed pointing out that when he came to Manchester Liverpool were the "top guns", meaning they were by far the best team. Liverpool dominated the league game throughout the 70s and 80s but have not won since 1990.

  So it's no surprise that Ferguson is already smacking his lips in anticipation of a 19th championship victory.

  "The great challenge now is to try to win it next year because that would be something special," he said.

  But he has of course one very important job to do before that: beat Barcelona on 27th May and become the first club ever to defend their Champions League title.

  On this, the Scottish manager couldn't have been more enthusiastic.

  "Now we have won the league we are bouncing into the final," he said.

  Vocabulary词汇

  nil-nil draw 零比零平手
  clinch 抓住不放
  grit 勇气
  clash 对阵
  cross 传中
  deflect 偏转 / 偏离
  flourish 闪光
  substituted 替换
  howled its disapproval 不赞同的怒吼
  milked the situation 充分利用时机
  nail-biter 激烈紧张的比赛
  home goal 主场进球
  came to nothing 没进一球/没有结果
  put United's success down to 把…归功于
  title 头衔
  fitting 合适的
  dogging United's heels 紧跟曼联
  the league game 英超比赛
  smacking his lips in anticipation 急切盼望

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