Manchester United welcomed Arsenal, who remain unbeaten this campaign to Old Trafford in what promises to be a pulsating encounter. Right kick-off, it was evident this was going to be an entertaining match.
After their lacklustre start to the campaign, Manchester United have recently start to find some rhythm. After their 4-0 defeat to Brentford, United won their respective matches defeating Liverpool, Southampton and Leicester City respectively. Meanwhile Arsenal remain unbeaten before their clash against United.
Manchester United showed massive character against Arsenal to hand them their first defeat of the season.
Here are five things learned from the encounter:
1) Strong Backline
Manchester United manager, Erik Ten Hag ensured he signed Lisandro Martinez from Ajax and what a signing it proved to be. He has formed a formidable partnership with Raphael Varane keeping captain Harry Maguire out of the starting XI once again.
2) Ten Hag Making A Difference
Make no mistake, this is the beginning of Ten Hag football. After Brentford result, some might have doubted him but now he seems to be the right manager for Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson left. He named a strong starting XI against the Gunners and the performance was superb despite having high profile names like Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench.
3) Old Trafford Has A New Star
It was in the making, isn’t it? After lot of speculations, Ajax star player, Antony eventually sealed his dream move to Theatre of Dreams.
He was handed a start against Arsenal and he already look at home. Showed signs of his brilliance with some little flicks to get past some Arsenal players and eventually scored on his debut.
With Cristiano Ronaldo, the main star player of United last season, Old Trafford is likely to have a new one in Antony.
4) What’s Next For Ronaldo?
After starting in Manchester United loss against Brentford, Ronaldo have been starting from the bench and the same trend continued against Arsenal. After trying to seal a transfer away from United throughout the summer, he might start to explore his next move come the winter transfer window in January.
With Antony joining United and already performing brilliantly, is this the end of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United? Time will tell, don’t write him off yet.
5) Entertaining Match
After Chelsea boring encounter against West Ham United in what was supposed to be an entertaining derby encounter, football fans must have been hoping United encounter against Arsenal won’t be the same and surely it wasn’t.
Arsenal played really well and had their own chances only to be denied by great saves from David de Gea. Manchester United also look like the Manchester United we all know especially the United of Sir Alex Ferguson. Both teams played really well.