Arsenal rallied to defeat Aston Villa 3-2 in English soccer’s F.A. Cup and set up a fifth-round meeting with Sunderland or Middlesbrough, who tied 1-1 in yesterday’s other match.
Manchester City missed a chance to move clear atop English soccer’s Premier League by allowing an injury-time goal that gave Sunderland a 1-0 victory yesterday.
Manchester United marked Alex Ferguson’s 25th anniversary as manager with a 1-0 win over Sunderland in English soccer’s Premier League.
Sunderland signed Manchester United defenders Wes Brown and John O’Shea to four-year contracts.
Aston Villa’s Mark Albrighton put his name in the English Premier League record book last night as Manchester City and Manchester United tightened their grip on the top of the standings.
Sunderland said it signed Manchester United defender Wes Brown on a four-year contract.
Inter Milan scored with two minutes to play to keep alive the defense of its Champions League soccer title, while Manchester United withstood a late rally by Marseille to advance to the quarterfinals.
Sunderland hired former Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill after firing Steve Bruce when the English Premier League soccer club went four matches without a win.
Sunderland fired manager Steve Bruce after slipping to 16th in English soccer’s Premier League following a run of four matches without a win.
"The destiny of that brand is clearly in question."
- Wes Brown on Dec 15, 2009