Man Utd Ease Past Arsenal As €100m-man Opens His Account
Manchester United overcame fierce rivals Arsenal 3-1 in Saturday's mouth-watering Premier League showdown at Old Trafford to maintain uplift in form under new boss Erik ten Hag.
Just when the Stretford End faithful began to question the Dutchman's capability to drag Man Utd out of a severe crisis, the Red Devils hit a purple patch.
Following an abysmal two-match losing start to his Premier League adventure, ten Hag has guided his new employers to four consecutive victories.
United's noticeable run includes wins over Arsenal and Liverpool, showing the former Ajax boss is on course to bring the glory days back to the Theatre of Dreams following an embarrassing five years.
More importantly, the €100m-man Antony unveiled himself to the Old Trafford crowd in an emphatic fashion, netting a first-half deadlock-breaker on his Premier League debut.
Only a couple of days since his blockbuster arrival from Ajax, the Brazilian forward found himself not only in ten Hag's starting line-up but also on the scoresheet.
It turned out that Antony's goal set the tone for another delightful evening at Old Trafford, even though Arsenal fought tooth and nail to spoil the 22-year-old's welcoming party.
Having won their first five Premier League outings this term, Mikel Arteta's men were out to make history and win their opening six top-flight games for the first time since 1947/48.
The Gunners acted accordingly after the break, mounting the pressure on Man Utd's backline and dominating possession in pursuit of an all-important equaliser.
Standout winger Bukayo Saka found the net on the hour-mark to draw Arsenal level, reinforcing the visitors' hopes of claiming only their second Premier League win at Old Trafford at the 17th time of asking.
Unfortunately for the London outfit, it took Man Utd only six minutes to reply. Bruno Fernandes provided a delightful assist to Marcus Rashford, who eluded his markers to restore United's lead with a top-class finish.
Despite dropping deep to defend a slender lead again, the Red Devils did a great job keeping Arsenal forwards quiet while waiting for an opportunity to hurt them on the counter.
They had to wait only until the 75th minute put clear daylight between the sides.
Once again, Bruno's pinpoint pass cracked the Arteta's backline wide open, with Christian Eriksen serving Rashford on a silver platter for his second goal of the day.
Though Arsenal remain at the top of the Premier League standings despite suffering their first defeat this season, they are no longer comfortable.
With Manchester City only a single point behind and Man Utd creeping three adrift, the Gunners will face the uphill task of retaining the leadership in the coming weeks.