Manchester United celebrated their fans at Old Trafford with a huge home win. They sealed a crucial 3-1 win with Arsenal over the Premier League’s best. The club have managed their climb to fifth place after winning four straight games since their 2-0 start.
The Red Devils have been working full of action in recent weeks and have done a great job to ensure they return to the top after a tough spell early in the 2022/23 season. They are the only third team to win four games in a row, having lost back-to-back games to start the campaign since Tottenham in 2011/12 and Arsenal accomplished the same feat in 2018/19.
Fans can expect future sporting events from Manchester United to be full of grit and grind. The Red Devils aim to make a big change in their season by riding at their pace. This means a lot for Erik ten Hag’s boys as they look to build on the momentum of beating the best team in the league. This win over Arsenal is a big boost in confidence for United in the coming games.
Arsenal were in attack to start the game. They were in full action at the beginning, but with all the chances they had, they couldn’t build a big lead. United, on the other hand, made the most of their chances as they delivered a deep jab in both halves to get the ball. The Red Devils were energized by their fans at home, which made things a whole lot worse for Arsenal.
Considering the Red Devils are one of the most impressive teams at home, Arsenal didn’t stand a chance against United’s overwhelming attack. This was particularly evident in the second half as the Gunners attempted a late comeback which was thwarted to the end by the Red Devils.
Arsenal’s biggest mistake was manager Mikel Arteta’s decision to play against a well-formed squad with a 4-2-3-1 formation. Despite initial success with this defensive formation, Arsenal’s own unit is more reliable on deeper attacks and they had many chances in the advance but failed to convert them into goals.
Furthermore, only Bukayo Saka scored the goal for the Gunners in that loss. Players like Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Jesus were all quiet in the match as they couldn’t boast of good looks themselves. With Arsenal’s main guns shut down, it was all unified from start to finish as they took full control of the game.
Manchester United had three goals from Antony in the 35th minute to put them 1-0 ahead. As Saka tried to reignite Arsenal’s chances, it was Marcus Rashford who came alive and scored a brace to set the Red Devils on their way. He struck in the 66th and 75th minutes to end this rivalry game against the Gunners in a solid win.
Arsenal have won just one of their last 16 league games away from home against Manchester United and the Red Devils have made sure to keep it that way. United’s four-game winning streak is also their longest five-game streak in March-April 2021 under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. This shows the Red Devils’ renewed resurgence after ten Hag’s recent tweaks.
Arsenal filled out the stat sheet well in that game, just like in their last five wins. The Gunners had 16 shots but could only get three of them on target. They also held the ball better at 61% and made a total of 465 passes for an 83% accuracy rate. That says a lot about the club’s wasted chances, which could have led to their sixth win in a row.
United were held to 10 shots but six of those almost found their way into the net. They also only had 39% possession and managed to make just 310 passes for 76% accuracy. It was a tough win that they fought hard for.
Manchester United are expected to keep the same pace alive
Beating the leading team of the 2022/23 season was a huge achievement for United. This is also the right time for the club to consider promotion to the top of the league. That future sporting events it will be fun for this team to watch as they prepare for a much more competitive season.