MANCHESTER, UK: Marcus Rashford’s two second-half goals inflicted Arsenal’s first defeat of the season as Manchester United won 3-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday evening.
United took the lead in the 35th minute of the game after new signing Antony scored on his debut for the club following his £86m deadline day transfer from Ajax.
Antony’s goal came after Arsenal had been denied a 12th-minute opener by VAR after referee Paul Tierney used the pitchside monitor to disallow Gabriel Martinelli’s clinical finish for a foul on Christian Eriksen by Martin Odegaard in the build-up to the goal.
Mikel Arteta’s side deservedly levelled early in the second half when Bukayo Saka rolled home (60).
But United retook the lead just six minutes later as Rashford fired home from Bruno Fernandes’ finesse through-ball to put the scoreline at 2-1 with just half an hour to play.
Rashford then scored his second with a breakaway goal set up by Eriksen in the 75th minute to secure a fourth consecutive victory for Erik ten Hag’s side, who move up to fifth.
Manchester United are now three points behind leaders Arsenal as the Gunners’ unbeaten start comes to an end with the north London side only a point ahead of Manchester City and Tottenham.
United will now begin their Europa League campaign, with a home fixture against Real Sociedad on Thursday, September 8 – kick off at 8pm – next on the agenda.
After that, Erik ten Hag’s side will return to Premier League action away to Crystal Palace on Sunday, September 11 – live on Sky Sports – with kick-off at 4.30pm.
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