Man U within seven points of Chelsea
Rooney scores against Arsenal
Man Utd 2-0 Arsenal
Wayne Rooney and Ji-Sung Park scored as Manchester United won their ninth successive Premiership match.
Rooney controlled Mikael Silvestre's brilliant cross before shooting past Jens Lehmann and later crossed for Park to score from close range.
Lehmann had superbly saved from Rooney twice before his goal, while Kolo Toure appeared to divert a strike from the forward on to the post with his hand.
United keeper Edwin van der Sar made good saves from Robin van Persie.
The result means Sir Alex Ferguson's team move back to within seven points of Chelsea, who defeated West Ham 4-1 earlier on Sunday.
United have five games left to catch the reigning champions, including a match at Stamford Bridge against Jose Mourinho's team.
But the victory over Arsenal means United are assured of finishing in the top four - and thus qualifying for next seaon's Champions League.
For Arsenal, though, their ninth away defeat in the Premiership this season leaves them five points behind north London rivals Tottenham in the race for fourth place.
It could have been different for Arsene Wenger's team if they had converted one of their early chances - in a match played in front of a Premiership record crowd of 70,908.
From a very shaky start after a controversal offseason, ManU is now chasing a shaky Chelsea, while Arsenal seems to have been able to keep pace.
Man U has won nine of their last league games and played before the largest crowd at Old Trafford, 70,908, in the club's history. Despite questions about the new ownership, Man U supporters are eager to see if their side can come from behind and take Chelsea with six games left in the season.
It would take two Man U wins and a at least one Chelsea loss and a tie for Man U to surge ahead.
Chelsea won 4-1 against West Ham earlier today.
posted by Steve @ 3:09:00 PM