Manchester United conceded late to Arsenal in a 3-2 Premier League defeat at the Emirates on Sunday, denying the Reds the chance to move above Newcastle United in the table..
United took the lead early in the game, with Marcus Rashford scoring his 17th goal in all competitions with a stunning strike in the 17th minute. However, before the half-time break, Eddie Nketiah equalized for the hosts. The Reds conceded a disappointing goal, with David de Gea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka caught out trying to play the ball out from the back in the build-up to the equalizer..
Arsenal dominated the second period, taking a 2-1 lead thanks to Bukayo Saka. The England international received the ball outside the penalty area and fired past De Gea. Despite falling behind, the Reds responded well and equalized soon after through Lisandro Martinez, who somehow scooped the ball into the net with his head.
However, in the 90th minute, Nketiah somehow deflected Martin Odegaard’s effort past De Gea in the United goal. The goal was given despite a brief VAR check for offside.
Here are four moments from United’s loss to Arsenal that fans may have missed:
Martinez had to wear a black bandage after suffering a cut above the eye during United’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last week. While the collision was unpleasant, the fact that the defender was able to play against the Gunners was a plus for the Reds.
Despite the injury, the Argentine centre-back, who started alongside Raphael Varane in the heart of the defense, was able to finish the game against Palace – and he played the full 90 minutes against Arsenal on Sunday.
After Argentina’s World Cup victory, the 25-year-old took some time to return to Ten Hag’s starting lineup. Martinez, on the other hand, appears to have reclaimed his starting spot. His first goal came against Arsenal with a header..
Many people were not surprised when Rashford scored United’s first goal. The forward has been on fire recently, and he put the away team ahead with a stunning finish past Aaron Ramsdale. His strike was too powerful and accurate for his England teammate, but it was his skill in the build-up that provided him with the necessary space.
After regaining possession for United, Rashford received a short pass from Bruno Fernandes before driving towards the Arsenal goal. With Thomas Partey ahead of him, the 25-year-old produced a stunning piece of skill to nutmeg the Gunners midfielder. He was then able to finish the move with a flourish.
Saka imitates Rashford
Saka was outstanding against United, and his game-winning goal was a stunner. The England international caused problems for the opposition throughout the game and deserved his goal. He was overjoyed to have put his team up 2-1.
Saka pointed to his head as he ran towards the Gunners fans, mimicking Rashford’s goal celebration since his return from the World Cup. It’s unclear whether the Arsenal player was trying to imitate the United star, but it was certainly similar if not. His goal was his third in a row against United.
chants Van Persie
United fans began to chant Robin van Persie’s name after the Reds tied the game at 2-2..
Fans understandably adore the Dutchman, who famously left Arsenal to join Manchester United.
The striker made the contentious decision to join United, but it paid off when he won the Premier League title and was named Player of the Season in 2013.
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