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United 8 Arsenal 2

EIGHT, that`s right EIGHT!

After the win over Spurs, on Monday night, Sir Alex Ferguson chose tO select the same starting eleven, even though Rio Ferdinand was fit enough to be awarded a place on the bench.

United - De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra, Nani, Anderson, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, Welbeck

Subs - Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Hernandez, Fabio

First Half - United got the action underway and were to take a tight hold on the game in the opening forty-five minutes, although there were moments of hope for Arsenal.

Early on Cleverley shot wide after a decent build up involving Smalling and Nani before Rooney saw a long range shot saved by the keeper. Welbeck, running through a static Arsenal defence, chipped an effort wide and Young had a penalty appeal turned down after a brush with Coquelin.

Arshavin saw the first yellow card of the game for a bad tackle on Jones before Arsenal forced a corner, when a Rosicky shot deflected wide. From the corner Koscielny headed wide. Cleverley was forced to leave the pitch, temporarily, for treatment to a cut eye before midway through the half United took the lead.

The goal came after Anderson chipped a delightful ball over the heads of the Arsenal defence and although he was out-numbered, Welbeck looped a header over Szczesny in the Arsenal goal.

United 1 Arsenal 0 - (Welbeck - 22 minutes)

United were pushing forward with ease and Smalling saw a shot dragged wide before Arsenal were presented with a golden chance to equalise. Evans was adjudged to have had one tug too many at Walcott and Howard Webb, on the advice of his linesman, pointed to the spot.

Van Persie stepped up and hit his shot low to De Gea`s right. The Spaniard guessed right and pushed the kick around the post. Evans received a yellow card for his indiscretion

A poor clearance from the Arsenal defence was then punished by Young when he curled a delightful shot past the despairing dive of the keeper into the top corner.

United 2 Arsenal 0 - (Young - 28 minutes)

De Gea was forced into action again, saving well from Arshavin and then deflecting Van Persie`s attempt from the rebound away. A Rooney cross was turned just behind by a diving header form Welbeck before the forward, minutes later, was forced to leave the field with a hamstring strain, Hernandez came on as his replacement.

Arsenal then conceded two free kicks in dangerous positions, the first saw Nani fire over the bar but the second saw Rooney curl a delightful shot over the wall to put United 3-0 up.

United 3 Arsenal 0 - (Rooney - 41 minutes)

With three minutes of stoppage time announced, Arsenal gave themselves hope with a goal in the third minute of that stoppage time when Walcott finished from eight yards out, from an acute angle.

United 3 Arsenal 1 - (Walcott - 45+3 minutes)

Half Time - United 3 Arsenal 1

Second Half - If United were rampant in the first half then the second half saw Arsenal`s word fall in. No changes were made by either side and for the first eighteen minutes of the half things were quite even.

Arsenal even had a decent chance to reduce the arrears but Arshavin, after skipping clear of Jones, couldn`t finish. It was to be a costly mistake. Rooney was fouled on the edge of the area and once he`d dusted himself down he curled another beauty of a free kick home, this time in the opposite corner of the net to which he`d scored in the first half.

United 4 Arsenal 1 - (Rooney - 64 minutes)

Three minutes later, United took advantage of some woeful Arsenal defender when a Rooney assist left Nani in acres of space to chip home from eight yards out.

United 5 Arsenal 1 - (Nani - 67 minutes)

Sir Alex made two changes with Giggs and Park coming on for Anderson and Nani, seconds later Rooney, trying an audacious chip, saw it hit the post. Minutes after coming on, Park added to the rout when his low shot, from outside the area, snuck home.

United 6 Arsenal 1 - (Park - 70 minutes)

Arsenal, kept trying though and Van Persie reduced the arrears with a goal from close range after good work, down the flank by Jenkinson.

United 6 Arsenal 2 - (Van Persie - 74 minutes)

Walcott forced De Gea into a save from range before a second yellow card for Jenkinson, for a foul on Hernandez, saw the young defender sent off. Walcott, forced to slot in at right back, tripped Evra in the area and from the penalty spot Rooney got his well deserved hat-trick by sending the keeper the wrong way.

United 7 Arsenal 2 - (Rooney pen - 81 minutes)

Still, there was time for another and it came in the three minutes of stoppage time when Young, just like in the first half, curled a great effort past the keeper.

United 8 Arsenal 2 - (Young - 90+1 minutes)

All in all superb entertainment as United march on.



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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 28 2011

Time: 6:04PM

Your Comments

Speechless... Brilliant, pure brilliance.
TheFamousNo7
Speechless... Brilliant, pure brilliance.
TheFamousNo7
OUCH!!!!
ACLamp
OUCH!!!!
ACLamp
We villa fans have been worried as to how we gonna cope with losing ash young n downing LOL could be worse we cold be arsenal ;)
ClivetheVillan
We villa fans have been worried as to how we gonna cope with losing ash young n downing LOL could be worse we cold be arsenal ;)
ClivetheVillan
Congrats...holy shlt!
BlueBanes
Congrats...holy shlt!
BlueBanes
I won't say this very often in my life but Well done Man united. You deserved to destroy Arsenal today.
blu4life
I won't say this very often in my life but Well done Man united. You deserved to destroy Arsenal today.
blu4life
Wenger to blame 100%. Knew Fabregas & Nasri would be going all summer but sold both very very late on. How's he gonna properly replace them? Doesn't matter who bought Nasri, fact is Wenger knew he was going a week after season end and still, two weeks ago insisted that he was happy and was going to stay. The mind boggles. Demolition job doesn't even start it.
RobsonGreensleeves
Wenger to blame 100%. Knew Fabregas & Nasri would be going all summer but sold both very very late on. How's he gonna properly replace them? Doesn't matter who bought Nasri, fact is Wenger knew he was going a week after season end and still, two weeks ago insisted that he was happy and was going to stay. The mind boggles. Demolition job doesn't even start it.
RobsonGreensleeves
I was playing golf at the time and literally couldn't believe what I was hearing when I was told the score! No-one in the Premier League can match Man Utd, simple. I'm a Wednesday fan, but Manchester United are truly something else.
s5owl
I was playing golf at the time and literally couldn't believe what I was hearing when I was told the score! No-one in the Premier League can match Man Utd, simple. I'm a Wednesday fan, but Manchester United are truly something else.
s5owl
Well, it wasn't Arsenals strongest side nor was it our strongest side. At the same time though 8 goals against them is remarkable. Gutted that Welbeck is injured, his looked fantastic but hopefully it's nothing too serious and he will be fit and ready for the next game v Bolton. The whole squad was brilliant especially Rooney and Young. Evra keeps on suffering from bizarre moments defensively where he just leaves his marker and runs forward and it cost us with both goals. With Smalling, Jones and Evans playing so well maybe Fabio should play in front of Evra for a game.
TheFamousNo7
Well, it wasn't Arsenals strongest side nor was it our strongest side. At the same time though 8 goals against them is remarkable. Gutted that Welbeck is injured, his looked fantastic but hopefully it's nothing too serious and he will be fit and ready for the next game v Bolton. The whole squad was brilliant especially Rooney and Young. Evra keeps on suffering from bizarre moments defensively where he just leaves his marker and runs forward and it cost us with both goals. With Smalling, Jones and Evans playing so well maybe Fabio should play in front of Evra for a game.
TheFamousNo7
well done , the best bit is that Manchester has put 13 goals past 2 of Londons finest teams and did with ease.... now that is something.....
cityman51
well done , the best bit is that Manchester has put 13 goals past 2 of Londons finest teams and did with ease.... now that is something.....
cityman51
So Fergie claims the result was nothing to do with Arsenal being depleted. Just like his purple nose is nothing to do with the drink. Did you all get free ;ittle 19 flags today, delivered by DHL. The Theatre of Delusions.
Howard
So Fergie claims the result was nothing to do with Arsenal being depleted. Just like his purple nose is nothing to do with the drink. Did you all get free ;ittle 19 flags today, delivered by DHL. The Theatre of Delusions.
Howard
^^ Fergie said it wasn't their strongest side you knob. cityman, it truly was two magnificent results and displays.
TheFamousNo7
^^ Fergie said it wasn't their strongest side you knob. cityman, it truly was two magnificent results and displays.
TheFamousNo7
"If you look at Arsenal, the team is weakened. But we still did the job." - Fergie to SkySports. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,,11667_7135761,00.html
TheFamousNo7
"If you look at Arsenal, the team is weakened. But we still did the job." - Fergie to SkySports. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,,11667_7135761,00.html
TheFamousNo7
Absolutely speechless, what a performance. Granted Arsenal was weakened, but United came storming out from the first minute, and we are talking about Arsenal, one of the best teams in England, and we absolutely hammered them. Young is just looking like the bargin of the season, and how good is smalling as RB, I am still drunk with joy after watching that game. We didnt even put out our strongest side yesterday, thats the major difference, our strength in depth is unmatched.. Bring on City and Liverpool fast..
nordkap
Absolutely speechless, what a performance. Granted Arsenal was weakened, but United came storming out from the first minute, and we are talking about Arsenal, one of the best teams in England, and we absolutely hammered them. Young is just looking like the bargin of the season, and how good is smalling as RB, I am still drunk with joy after watching that game. We didnt even put out our strongest side yesterday, thats the major difference, our strength in depth is unmatched.. Bring on City and Liverpool fast..
nordkap
We'll revenge for arsenal.mark my word!
Dannism
We'll revenge for arsenal.mark my word!
Dannism
Be careful what you wish for nordkap! When City hit their stride i doubt too many teams will be wishing to bring them on!
java
Be careful what you wish for nordkap! When City hit their stride i doubt too many teams will be wishing to bring them on!
java
Java, if we play like we did yesterday coupled with Vidic and Ferdinand in defence, even City in their stride wont be able to come close.. Yesterday was a masterclass.. Not many teams score 8 goals, let alone against Arsenal, if we hit our form from yesterday against City or Liverpool we will destroy them.. Not mentioning Chelsea, the verdict is stille out on them, they havent performed well yet, but still grounds our results, but they dont look like an immidiate threat yet, but you can never count out Chelsea.. I just say bring them on now, these international games are just poor timing.
nordkap
Java, if we play like we did yesterday coupled with Vidic and Ferdinand in defence, even City in their stride wont be able to come close.. Yesterday was a masterclass.. Not many teams score 8 goals, let alone against Arsenal, if we hit our form from yesterday against City or Liverpool we will destroy them.. Not mentioning Chelsea, the verdict is stille out on them, they havent performed well yet, but still grounds our results, but they dont look like an immidiate threat yet, but you can never count out Chelsea.. I just say bring them on now, these international games are just poor timing.
nordkap
Not many teams score 8 goals from 15 chances whilst escaping with only 2 against when the opposition have 13 shots on target. I won't deny that you looked impressive in attack yesterday, but the Arsenal side was demoralised, depleted and defensively very naive - yet they still managed to score two goals at Old Toilet, and missed a penalty. This was a bit of a flat-track bully win IMO, against an Arsenal team at their lowest at their lowest ebb, and if you give better opposition that many chances, especially at home, you will not be celebrating quite so deleriously. Oh well, enjoy the win.
fifthcolumnblue
Not many teams score 8 goals from 15 chances whilst escaping with only 2 against when the opposition have 13 shots on target. I won't deny that you looked impressive in attack yesterday, but the Arsenal side was demoralised, depleted and defensively very naive - yet they still managed to score two goals at Old Toilet, and missed a penalty. This was a bit of a flat-track bully win IMO, against an Arsenal team at their lowest at their lowest ebb, and if you give better opposition that many chances, especially at home, you will not be celebrating quite so deleriously. Oh well, enjoy the win.
fifthcolumnblue
Brilliant Utd. And I'm not a fan! I'm wondering if Rio WILL get his place back as Phil Jones looked so solid in the last 2 games. And I'm delighted to see Tom Cleverley get some games for Utd at last - think Mr Carrick may be in for a long rest. And finally, Ashley Young... I watched him grow up at Watford and he was very good when we sold him to Villa, but oh boy doesn't he like the company of some better players now. He now has to be an England starter. I have a friend who's a firm Utd fan who was dismissive of Young saying he wasn't sure about him for Utd. Eat your words now Peter!
oldyella
Brilliant Utd. And I'm not a fan! I'm wondering if Rio WILL get his place back as Phil Jones looked so solid in the last 2 games. And I'm delighted to see Tom Cleverley get some games for Utd at last - think Mr Carrick may be in for a long rest. And finally, Ashley Young... I watched him grow up at Watford and he was very good when we sold him to Villa, but oh boy doesn't he like the company of some better players now. He now has to be an England starter. I have a friend who's a firm Utd fan who was dismissive of Young saying he wasn't sure about him for Utd. Eat your words now Peter!
oldyella
Thanks for the post oldyella. To be honest i'm another who's eating their words with regards to Young. I wasn't too sure at first but wow, am I glad to be wrong! :D
TheFamousNo7
Thanks for the post oldyella. To be honest i'm another who's eating their words with regards to Young. I wasn't too sure at first but wow, am I glad to be wrong! :D
TheFamousNo7
Young has been fantastic, what a steal, he must be our star performer so far. Smalling also deserves a lot of credit, Tall, fast and solid, and some of his skills down the wing was Evra-like.. Cant wait for the season to pick up again, who needs bloody international games when you have PL packed with amazing football.
nordkap
Young has been fantastic, what a steal, he must be our star performer so far. Smalling also deserves a lot of credit, Tall, fast and solid, and some of his skills down the wing was Evra-like.. Cant wait for the season to pick up again, who needs bloody international games when you have PL packed with amazing football.
nordkap
A steal?
Bluedub
A steal?
Bluedub
FCB -- the better team won - and yes Arsenal were demoralised, but surely they still are a much better team in their current state than most EPL teams are...
niteworlok
FCB -- the better team won - and yes Arsenal were demoralised, but surely they still are a much better team in their current state than most EPL teams are...
niteworlok
 

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