Man United vs. Arsenal result, highlights & analysis as Rashford double sinks Premier League leaders – Sporting News

  • September 9, 2022

OLD TRAFFORD, MANCHESTER — Marcus Rashford’s second-half brace gave Manchester United their fourth consecutive win with a 3-1 triumph over Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Antony, the £82.2million arrival from Ajax, marked his United debut by opening the scoring against the run of play in the 35th minute, although the impressive Bukayo Saka poached a deserved equaliser for the Gunners with an hour played.
Parity lasted only six minutes as an astounding through-ball from Bruno Fernandes with the outside of his boot released Rashford to beat Aaron Ramsdale.
There was a repeat dose 15 minutes from time, with Fernandes again the architect as he threaded a pass to Christian Eriksen, who left the England forward with a tap-in.
Goals:
MUN — Antony (Marcus Rashford) — 35th min.
ARS — Bukayo Saka — 60th min.
MUN — Marcus Rashford (Bruno Fernandes) — 66th min.
MUN — Marcus Rashford (Christian Eriksen) — 75th min.
FULL-TIME: Four wins in a row and up to fifth for Manchester United 🔴💪

Arsenal drop points for the first time this season 😬 pic.twitter.com/yKL7iMms7X
Eriksen was not so clinical during the opening exchanges when he volleyed wide from Diogo Dalot’s cross. Arsenal were the better side at that stage and thought they had the lead in the 12th minute.
Saka slipped through the sort of pass with which Fernandes would later bring about the Gunners’ downfall. Gabriel Martinelli found a finish to match but a lengthy VAR check correctly ruled Martin Odegaard had fouled Eriksen in the build up.
United benefitted from the ‘let it flow’ initiative referees are implementing in the Premier League this season, with Paul Tierney playing advantage when Fernandes was brought down by Gabriel. Rashford slipped a pass into Antony’s path and the Brazil winger found a cool left-footed finish to spark bedlam inside Old Trafford.
Displaying their newfound poise under Mikel Arteta, Arsenal stuck to their slick football and, after Odegaard and Saka went close, the latter levelled when the loose ball from Raphael Varane’s challenge on Gabriel Jesus fell to him inside the box.
But the Gunners’ old frailties in these encounters then re-emerged as Bruno twice picked them off and Rashford benefitted. An apparent muscle strain soured the England forward’s afternoon late on but United are up to fifth in the table, just two points behind champions Manchester City and Tottenham, who face each other next weekend.
Arsenal remain a point ahead of those two, but all eyes will now be on whether they can find a different reaction after an away day against a fellow heavyweight produced an all too familiar scoreline.
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The sight of Rashford hobbling at the end was hard to observe. If the setback is anything serious, it would be rotten luck for a player who has been dogged by terrible fitness and abysmal form for the best part of two years. The 24-year-old appeared to have perfected the wretched trick of standing out as being particularly bad during United’s worst performances. It was easy to lament over where the fearless teenager who burst effervescently onto the scene in 2016 had gone.
Perhaps playing against these opponents was just what he needed. Sunday’s brace were Rashford’s first goals against Arsenal since his double on his Premier League debut when everything seemed possible more than half a decade ago. Alongside the strike that turned out to be the winner against Liverpool, Rashford has three goals in six games under Ten Hag. Like the club as a whole, there’s no point getting unduly carried away but these are encouraging signs at the end of a malaise.
🔥 Marcus Rashford scores again to make it 3-1 to Manchester United against Arsenal with 15 minutes left to play.

That’s his first Premier League brace since netting his last double against Sheffield United back in December 2020. #MUFC #MUNARS pic.twitter.com/UqdEBycf7W
Give them chance and Manchester United might actually dominate possession in a home game soon. Ceding 70% of the ball to Liverpool was probably not including in the presentation that secured Erik ten Hag this gig. Arsenal had 60% on Sunday, so this in not exactly the Ajax way. But Ten Hag is an experienced and successful enough coach to know principles can only exist once pragmatism buys time.
That looked to be rapidly slipping away from him when Brentford demolished his abject side last month, but a solid and robust team has emerged from the rubble. They had three clean sheets heading into today and their defensive unit were giving a thorough examination by Arsenal. It wasn’t always pretty for Varane and Lisandro Martinez at the heart of the defence, nor for Tyrell Malacia, who had the thankless task of trying to contain Saka. But they prevailed, and when you have playmakers like Fernandes and Eriksen producing sublime moments, a minority of possession can be more than enough.
4 – @ManUtd have won their last four Premier League matches, after having lost their first two this season. They are only the third side in PL history to win four in a row after losing their opening two in a season, after Tottenham in 2011-12 and Arsenal in 2018-19. Turnaround. pic.twitter.com/oG07RlA1by
“We’re very disappointed that we haven’t won the game because the game was there for the taking. We lacked some discipline in certain defensive moments and we weren’t ruthless enough.”
It was hard to argue with the assessment of a prickly Arteta after the match. Arsenal did an awful lot right and this came down to what his old mentor Pep Guardiola would refer to as “the small details”. No player created more than Gabriel Jesus’ five chances, with Odegaard carving out four and Saka rattling off a game-high four shots.
“That is not going to happen, you have seen the way we played,” Arteta snapped back when one reporter asked whether this result will have a lingering effect. Such setbacks have done just that frequently to Arsenal side of the recent past. This team looks different. Starting with the midweek Europa League trip to FC Zurich and the home game against Everton next weekend, it is time to prove it.
🤙 Despite ending up on the losing side at Old Trafford, Gabriel Jesus still put in another impressive performance for Arsenal.

He won 13 duels, created five chances and completed three dribbles – the most of any player in each category. #AFC #MUNARS pic.twitter.com/LfJOZ4Fp2j
Fulltime: From the depths of their Brentford humiliation, that’s four wins on the spin for Manchester United, including consecutive home wins over Liverpool and now league leaders Arsenal. A debut goal for Antony, a brace from Marcus Rashford and, for now, everything is rosy in the garden as far as Eric ten Hag is concerned. That’s for joining us today.
90th minute+4: Vieira thumps a speculative shot into De Gea’s chest. Arsenal haven’t stopped here. They’ll play worse than this and win.
90th minute+3: Fred and Bruno combine, Ronaldo thinks he’s going to get a tap-in but the cutback doesn’t reach him. He kicks away water bottle in frustration. Not all about you, pal.
90th minute+2: Hmmm, looked like Malacia handballed that under no pressure then. Are we just not bothering because it’s injury time? Smith Rowe is bothering but lumps over from the edge of the D.
90th minute: Been an “everything but score” display from Martinelli and McTominay ensures that remains the case as he slides in to deny the Brazilian from Vieira’s cross. We’ll have a minimum of four added minutes.
88th minute: Arsenal’s race is run here. Saka has a petulant booking, but he really has deserved better than defeat today. The away fans sing that they’re top of the league, which remains the case whatever happens here.
82nd minute: Xhaka thumps it at the wall. United look to break but Ramsdale hoofs clear with Ronaldo in close proximity.
81st minute: Jesus gets an early look at Maguire and draws a freekick in a dangerous position.
80th minute:Rashford’s afternoon ends with what looks like a muscle strain. That’s awfully bad luck for a player who’s had plenty of it over the past couple of years. Maguire replaces Martinez and Fernandes gives him the armband.
76th minute: Worth noting Fernandes’ latest pass for the latest goal came from the area of the pitch Zinchenko had just vacated.
75th minuteGOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! Rashford!!!!
That should be that. Arsenal undone again by a straight ball through the middle. Eriksen has the freedom of Old Trafford and tees up Rashford for a tap-in.
73rd minute: Triple change for Arsenal, with Smith Rowe, Vieira and Nketiah coming on for Odegaard, Lokonga and Zinchenko, which will mean a change of shape, you’d expect
72nd minute: Another regal Fernandes pass has Ronaldo away down the left but his cross is too deep.
71st minute: The tireless Jesus turns and shoots on the left hand corner of the United box but the effort is wayward.
70th minute: Ronaldo gets up to meet a right-wing corner but can’t direct it goalwards.
69th minute: Oh, that could have been game over. Ramsdale sells Zinchenko short with a pass after being pressed by Ronaldo (!!!). He’s out to save from Fernandes.
66th minuteGOOOAAALLLL!!!!! Rashford!!!!
United have done Arsenal on the break. It’s a good finish from Rashford but that outside of the foot pass from Fernandes… my absolute word!
65th minute: United are continuing to chase the ball around a lot. Fred is going to come on to help them to that end. Hang on…
60th minuteGOOOALLLL!!!! Saka!!!!!
SAKA HAS LEVELLED IT! 😲

Arsenal have dominated in the second half and now they have their reward ✅ pic.twitter.com/r8zIbq5fng
It’s been coming. From Arsenal and probably from Saka. Odegaard threads a pass to Jesus, who attempts a sliding finish. Varane gets their first with a block challenge but the loose ball runs to Saka for a simple finish.
59th minute: Better from Malacia, who reads Saka’s pass for White and shrugs the Arsenal man out of the way to win a goal kick.
58th minute: Malacia has won plaudits for the start of his United career, but he’s having a rough old time against Saka. He pulls the Arsenal man down and Odegaard is over the freekick. Antony makes way for Ronaldo, meaning Rashford moves out to the wing. Nothing comes of the set piece.
55th minute: Now Saka pops up on the lift. He chips a cross that floats against the top of De Gea’s bar.
54th minute: Saka received treatment after that shot and there were penalty shouts from Arsenal. Malacia blundered into the Gunners favourite, but not in a way that impacted the shot.
52nd minute: Two huuuge chances for Arsenal in the space of a minute. First Jesus barges Martinez out of his way and cuts one back towards Odegaard. The Norway makes a complete hash of a side-footed attempt. The visitors keep the ball alive, Martinelli lofts it towards Saka, who controls brilliantly and spins away from Malacia, only to thump his eventual right-footed shot beyond the far post.
48th minute: Still Arsenal aren’t quite picking the right pass in the final third. Zinchenko release Martinelli and he picks out Jesus, 25 yards from goal. A mazy run ensues but United manage to clear the danager.
46th minute: Back underway and White is frustrated he doesn’t get a free-kick by the United corner flag. If that’s anything to go by, Arsenal are still seething with the officials and that needs to be better channelled.
Halftime: That was an intense, high-quality and absorbing first 45 minutes. Arsenal had the better of it and thought they had the lead — Odegaard is in discussions with the officials as the players leave the field — but United do have the lead through instant Old Trafford hero Antony. This feels like a big team talk for Mikel Arteta and, thanks to Amazon’s All or Nothing series, we all have a reasonable idea what it might entail. See you back here shortly.
45th minute+2: Steady on. Antony is understandably having a ball and tried to chip Ramsdale from 30 yards. It’s not a bad effort but the Arsenal keeper pouches it.
45th minute+1: Xhaka is carelessly dispossessed near halfway. Eriksen spies a through-ball but Lokonga reads it superbly. We’re into three minutes of stoppage time.
44th minute: Arsenal have just started rushing their final ball a bit and a United defence that was looking increasingly discomforted are now helping themselves to confidence-boosting clearances. 
40th minute: Now then, what have Arsenal got. They were playing really well and that was a sucker punch. Jesus is driving at the United defence again, his battle with Martinez is fascinating. 
35th minuteGOOOAALLLL!!!! Antony!!!!
Well, that’s against the run of play but very few people in here care. Roof off! United benefitted from a good advantage there when Gabriel clobbered into Fernandes. The ball ran to Rashford who coolly found Antony for a similarly composed finish.
32nd minute: Martinelli vs De Gea and the United keeper comes out on top again. That’s a really fine stop. Odegaard floated one up to the far post and De Gea had little time to react to the header, albeit one that was at a nice height.
30th minute: Another quality Arsenal move. Jesus, Odegaard and Zinchenko all involved before Martinelli forces De Gea to save with his feet. Corner, United half clear but the Gunners will get another go.
27th minute: An element of The Boy Who Cried Wolf there. Fernandes went down in a heap, he’ll do that. But replays show Lokonga ploughed studs into his calm. The Arsenal midfielder is a bit of a lucky boy.
24th minute: Saka having a whale of a time down the United left. He beats Malacia again. Martinez comes over to deal with the situation, down Saka goes… no penalty. To add insult to injury, Saliba is booked for abruptly stopping the United counter attack.
23rd minute: Eriksen launches one towards Rashford from way down town. Ramsdale is out to about 30 yards from his own goal to head clear.
22nd minute: Anthony edges in from the right and lines up a Hollywood effort from 25 yards. It goes way over.
19th minute: Saka, who was denied a glorious assist by that VAR call, has just scooted past Malacia like effortlessly. The England winger looks bang up for this. His endeavours brought a corner, which Jesus nodded over at the back post. That’ll do nothing for his headache.
17th minute: If you’re looking for a game within a game, have a look at who ends up being the most intense forward out of possession between Jesus and Antony. The latter has just harried back and given Granit Xhaka an arm in the back. The Arsenal midfielder seems like the sort to make a mental note.
14th minuteNO GOAL! Old Trafford erupts. And talking of eruptions, someone in the Arsenal end has wasted some perfectly good pyro. 
DRAMA AT OLD TRAFFORD! 🚨

Gabriel Martinelli’s breakaway goal ruled out by VAR for a foul in the buildup! ❌ pic.twitter.com/1nZBkTfZOc
12th minute: GOAL? Martinelli thinks he’s scored a brilliant opener for Arsenal from a sumptuous Saka pass. But referee Paul Tierney is going to the monitor to have a look at a possible foil by Odegaard on Eriksen. The replays suggest Untied have a case…
11th minute: Sancho cuts in off the left looking just like a man in goalscoring form. He tries to beat Ramsdale down to his right but the Arsenal goalkeeper is equal to it.
9th minute: Odegaard chips a clever Arsenal freekick down the Untied right and the ball ends up with Saliba in the box. The centre-back lofts a very presentable chance over. You can’t take your eyes off this!
8th minute: Close! Dalot’s searching cross finds Eriksen at the back post and he volleys just wide. You’d expect such a technically excellent player to hit the target there, in all honesty. A groggy Jesus is back with us.
6th minute: Plenty of involvement from Antony in this latest United attack. He tries to slot in Sancho and gets the ball back before Jesus comes back to snaffle possession. Ooof, that’s a nasty one. McTominay collided with Jesus trying to win the ball back and the Arsenal forward falls and cracks his head on the turf. There’s a break in play. He looked to be out cold for a moment there.
4th minute: Arsenal stay on the attack and Xhaka blasts a bouncing ball at McTominay.
3rd minute: Odegaard’s delivery from the freekick is easily cleared. 
2nd minute: Spicy. Arsenal clear their lines after United get in down the left and Jesus chases what looks like a lost cause. He gets in ahead of Lisandro Martinez, who clumps him to the turf. Brazil vs. Argentina – a tale as old as time.
1st minute: We’re off. Antony is lining up in his customary position on the right of the United front three, with Fernandes pushing on to support Rashford at centre-forward.
Let’s go, @gabrieljesus9 💛

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5 mins from kickoff: The teams will be with us imminently and I have to say it’s very, very lively in that Arsenal away end. For much of the past decade, trips to face fellow ‘big six’ teams have been occasions to treat with trepidation, but Arteta’s side have got rid of that fear. Will that still be the case in a couple of hours?
20 mins from kickoff: Warmups are in full swing, with the travelling fans serenading the fit-again Odegaard. Antony was doing the lay-offs for United’s shooting drills, lightening the load on the coaches, and is now getting involved in himself. New kid sucking up to the teachers is it? Ghastly stuff!
35 mins from kickoff: A little bit more on that rank Arsenal record at Old Trafford, at a time when everyone who’s anyone has seemed to win here. Last season, the Gunners were progressing and building momentum nicely before a slump of three defeats in four Premier League games spanning late November and early December. One of those was a 3-2 reverse at United, where Ronaldo scored twice after Emile Smith Rowe put Arsenal ahead. However, that is United’s only win in the past eight Premier League meetings (D3 L4) because they’re apparently just as bad at Emirates Stadium.
55 mins from kickoff: This is how Arsenal line up. The big news for them is Ramsdale, Zinchenko and Odegaard are all fit to start.
Introducing our starting XI…

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🇺🇦 Zinchenko returns from injury
🇧🇷 @GabiMartinelli in attack

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1 hour from kickoff: The teams are in. Antony starts. Ronaldo remains on the bench, as does Casemiro.
🤩 @Antony00 is all set for his United debut.

🤜 Let’s go, Reds! 🤛#MUFC || #MUNARS
1hr 20 mins from kickoff: There is speculation that Erik ten Hag will hand new recruit Antony a start as United look to build on the momentum of three consecutive wins and, arguably more significantly after their capitulation at Brentford, three clean sheets. As we’ve seen from previous false dawns, it doesn’t take much for belief and expectation to come coursing back through the United fanbase. Win this one and they’d be only two points behind City.
1hr 40 mins from kickoff: Arsenal are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League and can go four points clear of Manchester City and Tottenham at the summit if they can make it six wins out of six. One sticking point is that their record at Old Trafford is absolutely howling. There was a win here in  November 2020 during the lockdown season and an FA Cup triumph during Louis van Gaal’s United tenure in 2015. But for the last time Arsenal won a Premier League game at Manchester United with a crowd you have to go back to September 2006, when Emmanuel Adebayor scored the winner past Tomasz Kuszczak.
2 hours from kickoff: Hello and welcome to the The Sporting News’ live coverage of a mouthwatering clash between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford.
Confirmed: Arsenal will wear their black away kit against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday. #afc pic.twitter.com/8OVMpSP7qU
United will make a late call on whether new signing Antony will play, while forward Anthony Martial will miss the clash due to injury.
The Red Devils signed Antony on a five-year contract for a initial fee of £82.1m (€95m/$94.6m) and the Brazil international, who played under Ten Hag at Ajax, took part in his first team training session on Friday.
Man United predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): De Gea (GK) — Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia — McTominay, Eriksen — Sancho, Fernandes, Elanga— Rashford
Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale (thigh) and midfielder Martin Odegaard (foot) will be assessed ahead of Sunday’s game, while defender Oleksandr Zinchenko is unlikely to feature after missing training.
Manager Mikel Arteta has indicated that Thomas Partey is expected to be out for “weeks” and fellow midfielder Mohamed Elneny will be sidelined for “months” after both suffered thigh injuries.
Arsenal predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale (GK) — White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney — Xhaka, Lokonga — Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli — Jesus
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Man United play host to Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. It kicks off at 16.30 BST on Sunday, September 4.
UK: The match will be carried by Sky Sports on its TV and streaming channels.
USA: The match will be televised by USA Network (English) and Telemundo (Spanish), and both channels are streamed by fuboTV.
Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on demand exclusively via fuboTV.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on demand on Optus Sport

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