Arsenal, who recently put themselves at the top of the table with four wins from five games, wanted to close the gap between Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. Team manager Mikel Arteta relied on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the only advice on the guest appearance, Norwegian Martin Odegaard trailing slightly in the attacking midfield. Bernd Leno was absent with a thigh problem.
Arsenal took the initiative from the start, pushing Manchester United into their own half and devising good offensive measures. Aubameyang failed after just 40 seconds with a shot from 12 meters into the correct position after Sancho allowed himself a poor pass into his own penalty area and played the ball straight at the striker’s feet.
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Arsenal remained dangerous in attack and advanced after a corner kick. Manchester United cleared the high ball with his head, but Mohamed Elneny brought the ball to Emile Smith Rowe who ran from 22m on the left and hit the corner, while David de Gea was on the ground and holding his foot (13th place). The goalkeeper was injured shortly before in a collision with his teammate, Fred. At first the referee Martin Atkinson did not score the goal, but after a few minutes he settled the goal – precisely because there was no mistake.
Manchester United showed a different face after falling behind, playing with greater courage and barely leaving Arsenal in possession. Shortly before the end of the first half, the Red Devils finally managed to equalize. Sancho brought the ball from the left into the penalty area to Fred, who passed it directly to Bruno Fernandez. From six meters the Portuguese put the ball into the right corner – his fifth goal this season (44).
The Red Devils took the soul with them in the second half and turned the game around in the 52nd minute. Marcus Rashford advanced from the right flank very quickly, entered the penalty area and passed the ball to the heart of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese took the ball straight from ten meters and turned into the left corner.
But Arsenal had the right answer and scored the equalizer after just two minutes. Thomas Partey shifted play to the right to Gabriel Martinelli, who played the ball flat in the middle. Odegaard looked for the conclusion and made the ball level in the left corner (54).
As a result, it remained very intense – both teams kept looking for a way to move forward in attack. In the 67th minute, Sancho sent Fred into the penalty area, from which Odegaard shocked him. Atkinson, let’s play. VAR was turned on again, and Atkinson looked at the scene again and then decided to take a penalty. Ronaldo climbed from the point and hit the ball in the middle of the goal for a renewed lead (70), which the Red Devils eventually saved over time.
Michael Carrick (Interimscoach Manchester United): “After a lot of thought, I decided now was the right time to leave the club. I thank all the players and especially my assistants.”
Mikel Arteta (Teammanager Arsenal FC): “If we had watched the whole match, we would have deserved more. But against an opponent at this level you will be punished mercilessly.”
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According to the British newspaper, the Daily Mail, Rangnick will have £100m for potential reinforcements in the upcoming winter transfer window. Amadou Haidara from RB Leipzig – who feels comfortable in the midfield – is at the top of his wish list. In the match against Arsenal, the development game of the Red Devils in particular turned out to be in need of improvement.
When Arsenal pressed hard, Manchester United had major problems opening the match from the series. Harry Maguire raised his arms questionably as he repeatedly grabbed the ball as there were no prospects to stand up. Fred cuts a lot, and Scott McTominay often disappears entirely. Manchester United can build well with a powerful pass – both in the six and in the center of defence.
The goal to make the score 2-1 was the 800th goal for Ronaldo in his professional career. The striker scored 129 goals for Manchester United, five goals for Sporting Lisbon, 450 goals for Real Madrid, 101 times for Juventus Turin and 115 times for Portugal. In another track of the match, Ronaldo added again and scored his 801st goal.
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