Manchester United came up with a huge home win to rally their fans at Old Trafford. They have sealed a crucial victory against the Premier League’s best in Arsenal, 3-1. The club has made its climb to the fifth spot after winning four games in a row since their 0-2 start.
The Red Devils are gunning it in the past few weeks of action and have done a great job to ensure that they will get back to the top after a rough stretch to begin the 2022/23 season. They are the only third side to win four games in a row after losing back-to-back games to start the campaign since Tottenham in 2011-12 and Arsenal in the 2018-19 season achieved the same feat.
Fans can expect future sports events from Manchester United to be full of grit and grind. The Red Devils are aiming to make a huge shift in their season by riding on their pace. This means a lot for Erik ten Hag’s boys as they want to build on the momentum of beating the best team in the league. This win against Arsenal is a great confidence booster for United in their next set of matches.
Arsenal was on the attack to start the game. It was all them to begin with, but they could not build off a huge lead with all their chances. United, on the other hand, made the most of their opportunities as they made a deep push in scoring the ball on both halves. The Red Devils were energised by their fans at home, which made it a lot worse for Arsenal.
Considering the fact that the Red Devils are one of the most formidable teams at home, Arsenal did not stand a chance against United’s overflowing attack. This was mostly seen in the second half when the Gunners tried for a late comeback that was foiled by the Red Devils all the way to the finish.
The biggest mistake by Arsenal was in manager Mikel Arteta’s decision to come up with a 4-2-3-1 lineup against a well-rounded squad. Despite having initial success with that defensive formation, Arsenal’s own unit is more reliable in making deeper attacks, and they had plenty of chances on the push but could not convert them into goals.
On top of that, only Bukayo Saka scored the goal for the Gunners in this loss. The likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Jesus were all quiet in the match as they failed to come up with good looks of their own. With Arsenal’s main guns shut down, it was all United from start to finish as they took full control of the game.
United’s renewed surge
Manchester United had three goals coming from Antony in the 35th minute to give them a 1-0 lead. When Saka tried to revive Arsenal’s chances, it was Marcus Rashford who came to life and scored a brace to lead the way for the Red Devils. He had a strike in the 66th and 75th minute to wrap up this rivalry game against the Gunners for a sound win.
Arsenal has won only one of their last 16 league matches against Manchester United on the road, and the Red Devils ensured that it would stay that way. United’s four-game winning streak is also their longest run since going for five matches in a row from March to April 2021 under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. This shows the renewed surge by the Red Devils after recent tweaks from ten Hag.
Arsenal filled the stat sheet well in this game just like they did in their last five wins. The Gunners had 16 shots but only managed to put three of those on target. On top of that, they held the ball more with 61% and made a total of 465 passes for an accuracy rate of 83%. This says a lot about the club’s wasted chances that could have led to their sixth win in a row.
United was held to 10 shots, but six of them almost found its way into the net. They also only had 39% of the ball and managed to come up with just 310 passes for 76% accuracy. This was a tough win that they battled hard for.
Manchester United is expected to keep the same pace alive
Beating the leading team of the 2022/23 season was a huge feat for United. This means that it is also the right time for the club to set their eyes on their climb to the top spot of the league as well. The future sports events for this team will be fun to watch as they grind for a much more competitive season.