Manchester United’s new signing, Antony scored in his first game at Old Trafford to help the Red Devils end Arsenal’s unbeaten run.
Manchester United Vs. Arsenal Premier League clash which took place on Sunday, September 4, featured the new £86m signing who started the match and also netted this debut goal for the Red Devils.
Mikel Arteta have been enjoying a massive start to the 2022-2023 Premier League season with a 100% win in Arsenal’s first 5 matches before the trip to Old Trafford where Anthony and Rashford dealt with the gunners.
As an improved Manchester United team welcomed Mikel Arteta to the Premier League’s Theatre of Dreams, it was a true test of Arsenal’s resolve in the new campaign.
Erik ten Hag’s volatile team has had a mixed five games under his leadership, but they appear to have turned a corner in a challenging start to their Premier League campaign.
United got into the season fully with three straight victories over Liverpool, Southampton, and Thursday night’s victory over a helpless Leicester after suffering devastating losses to Brighton and Brentford.
Although he has only recently joined Manchester United, Antony the club’s £86 million Deadline day Ajax’s signing got into the United team’s lineup right away.
And what a crucial choice Erik ten Hag made, as Anthony opened the scoring for United before Rashford doubled United’s lead.
With two Arsenal defenders surrounding him, the Brazilian’s decision-making wasn’t perfect, and he rather went down a dead end, but he had the imagination to locate a clever flick that got the ball out of there and back to Dalot, who has also begun well.
The pass from Christian Eriksen to Bruno Fernandes was exquisite.
Martinez had some success crossing the lines from inside United’s half, but Eriksen’s proactive pass stopped that action, and United continued to press forward as soon as Fernandes touched the ball.
For the majority of the half, Rashford was a spectator, but he did great to find Antony, and the goal was taken beautifully.
That goal came as a bit of a surprise because United was not managing the game as well as they had in the beginning.
In the 60th minute, Arsenal equalized through Saka thanks to a bad ball by Varane that was intercepted in midfield.
Odegaard created space so that a fantastic through pass could be delivered to Jesus in the area. Dalot attempted to stop the pass from reaching Jesus, but the ball escaped and Saka scored from 12 yards out.
In less than 6 minutes, United broke through Arsenal on the counterattack. Eriksen played a fast first-time pass to Fernandes, who brilliantly maneuvered the ball past Saliba to set Rashford up for the goal.
He advanced to the perimeter of the area and fired a low shot, which ricocheted off White as he dropped and soared past Ramsdale.
Manchester United lead again in the match thanks to a goal from Marcus Rashford.
Manchester United added the third goal in the 75th minute. Eriksen was released by Fernandes’ wonderful pass curved around the defense, and he ran brilliantly to go past a very high line.
Eriksen added an assist to his outstanding performance on Sunday by scurrying into the area, drawing Ramsdale, and then setting Rashford up for the goal.
While Harry Maguire and Casemiro were also introduced to the game, Cristiano Ronaldo replaced debutant Antony, and the final score stayed unchanged as United triumphed.
The winning streak for Arsenal came to an end, while Manchester United recorded four straight wins so far.
For the revitalized team of Erik ten Hag, those three points are crucial as they now occupy the 5th spot.