Marcus Rashford scored twice and created another as Manchester United sealed a memorable 3-2 win over Arsenal this afternoon.
There was a quiet start to the game but it burst into life when Rashford scored twice in the space of three minutes. His first, a powerful effort from Guillermo Varela’s cross, was quickly followed by a clever header from close range. Arsenal pulled one back before half time, however, when Danny Welbeck glanced home Mesut Ozil’s freekick.
United restored their two goal advantage after the break when Ander Herrera fired home from Rashford’s layoff, although he was helped by a big deflection off Laurent Koscielny. United looked to be in control but poor defending meant Arsenal clawed another goal back through Mesut Ozil. United held out, meaning they secured a memorable and convincing three points.
What a week for the 18-year-old. What a story. Absolutely unbelievable.
Fresh from a two-goal debut against FC Midtjylland on Thursday, Rashford grabbed another brace against the Gunners. Both were superb, instinctual finishes, with his second in particular demonstrating a deftness which belied his age. It’s been fantastic to see a young Mancunian flourish in the first team and long may it continue, hopefully his knock isn’t too bad.
Memphis carried on where he left off following an excellent display against Midtjylland with a bright and energetic performance at Old Trafford against the Gunners.
The Dutchman always looked to beat his man and make things happen in the final third. Memphis certainly gave Hector Bellerin plenty to think about and it was an encouraging performance from him.
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As so often has been the case this season, United were exposed defensively as Welbeck scored with consummate ease after getting onto the end of Ozil’s set-piece. The German midfielder then got one himself following some confusion from Michael Carrick. Disappointing on an otherwise excellent afternoon for United.
Fosu-Mensah, who has received a number of plaudits for his performances in the youth set-up, made his senior debut after coming on for the injured Marcos Rojo.
It was a big ask for the youngster to perform at Old Trafford but he didn’t look out of place, despite playing in an unusual role at left-back.
You don’t win anything with kids
At times, it was like watching a typical Sir Alex Ferguson team.
With Fosu-Mensah and Rashford on the pitch, two hugely inexperienced youngsters, United tore Arsenal, a team with title aspirations, apart. This was proper United; winning, and convincingly, with kids. Has this performance turned the tide for van Gaal?