30 minutes Arsenal took the corner and passed the ball to Xhaka, whose shot from the edge of the box was blocked. I’m not sure if it will get in. But it feels like an Arsenal target is coming.
30 minutes Martinelli’s deflected cross almost sneaked in at the near post and De Gea crouched down to kick the ball out of the back for a corner.
29 minutes “It was great to see footage from 1983, the happiest night of my life as a Manchester United fan,” Adam Roberts said. “I was in London for my final exams – my last exam; my girlfriend lives in London, so I dragged her to enjoy the three-sided silence at Highbury and when United were 4-0 up When the clock ended raucously, it’s something I still cherish. I was back in Manchester for the second leg. There was a lot of nasty play between the two back then – Winterburn after missing the cup final penalty Mock McClair, it makes McClair sour.”
28 minutes It was as bad as Virgil van Dijk’s tackle on Amadou Onana yesterday, if not worse.
27 minutes Lokonga left one on Fernandes, a naughty, challenging challenge that went unnoticed by the referee. That should be at least a yellow card, maybe more, but I don’t think VAR is considering it.
26 minutes Regardless of right or wrong with VAR, Arsenal are now ruling the game. Manchester United in particular are struggling with the movement of Jesus.
25 minutes Martinez pulled out of the challenge at the last second before Saka fell on the ball. Martinez appeared to make light contact with Saka’s heel, but not enough to interest the referee or VAR. I do not know.
24 minutes Arsenal called for a penalty after Martinez’s adventurous challenge to Saka. Manchester United rested, Saliba received a yellow card for a foul on Sancho.
25 minutes “I understand why that goal was obliterated,” James Hepp said, “but the push that Tierney ignored was also the kind of contact the referee is instructed to go past in normal play to ‘make the game go’. It’s all happening and then going back and looking back at the wonderful VAR details of the leg contact, is it really better than blowing up the putt in the first place?”
This is a fair point. It’s a bit messy, isn’t it, and it’s getting more and more tedious.
24 minutes In the final 10 minutes, Arsenal have had 61% of possession since that disallowed goal.
22 minutes Rashford finds Anthony in the space on the right. He cuts inside, 25 yards out, and rolls up high at the far post. He’s been a bit over-eager so far, although he did make a lovely counter-attack that ended up giving United their best chance.
20 minutes A very deep corner from Saka was headed by a receding Jesus.
19 minutes Saka roasted Malaysia on the right, entered the area and slid the ball to Jesus at the near post. Varane clips in front to clear.
18 minutes Even a void goal can change the game – Arsenal were at a disadvantage in the first 12 minutes and have been in control of the ball since Martinelli’s goal was ruled out.
16 minutes In the case of Arsenal, while it may have been a foul by Odegaard, it was not an obvious mistake and should therefore have been scored. Oh I don’t know, I’m all knocked out.
15 minutes “Why do people think ten witches are younger when there are only four managers older than him?” Nelson Chivara said. “He’s relatively statistically superior, and he’s 52 years old.”
Novelty, I thought. And, as I’ve always insisted, being bald can make you look 10 years younger.
Maritn Odegaard waved his hands in disbelief and Mikel Arteta covered his face with his hands. Arsenal have been robbed many times at Old Trafford over the years; I’m not sure if they were robbed here.
14 minutes: The referee walks to the monitor. Odegaard’s knee touches Eriksen, which is what Paul Tierney is concerned about.
Manchester United call for foul on Eriksen. He was snatched by Odegaard in the halfway line and Saka picked up the loose ball. Saka gave United a devastating pass to Martinelli, who roared from Dalot to beat De Gea with aplomb.
I think it was a foul by Odegaard, although whether it was an obvious mistake is another matter.
Break with Arsenal’s ruthless break!
11 minutes Manchester United have had 85% of the ball so far. Sancho teased White on the left side of the box to make room for Ramsdale’s low shot at the near post.
9 minutes: Saliba’s chance! Xhaka’s cross hit a defender and rolled spectacularly towards Saliba on the edge of the box. He spreads out and crosses the bar with his side foot. It was a great opportunity, although he had a couple of defenders rushing towards him.
8 minutes: Eriksen’s chance! Anthony made a stylish flick behind his standing leg to find Dalot, who made his first pass from the far post. Eriksen volleyed with his left foot and the ball missed the goal. This is an awkward opportunity, and it comes at thigh height.
8 minutes Jesus can go on. Continue the game with an uncontested drop.
6 minutes McTominay took the ball from Jesus on the pitch, and Jesus hit his head on the turf as he fell. The referee was right to stop the game, although United were not happy.
6 minutes Anthony’s first contribution was a cross that didn’t beat the first man. It’s been a pretty quiet start.
5 minutes “As a true neutral in English club football, I’m looking forward to this,” Simon McMahon said. “Two great names in English football. Young, dynamic managers. Star-studded squad. Plus Scott McTominay. Roy Keane in the studio. VAR. B-movie or not, It’s going to be fun.”
4 minutes Xhaka hits McTominay on the edge of the box with a long shot.
2 minutes Dalot cuts in from the left side of the box (don’t ask) and is cut out by Xhaka. Arsenal scored and Martinez squashed Jesus near the touchline. He should probably be booked for this.
1 minute Take a peek! Manchester United kick off left to right as we watch. As expected, both teams are playing a 4-2-3-1.
Players come out and the atmosphere is livelyIt’s time for Manchester United vs Arsenal, part 237 (excluding the 1988 Merchant Credit Centenary Trophy Final).
Manchester United v Arsenal: A classic Premier League rivalry. We all say that, but hatred predates the dawn of football in 1992. It almost started with an unfortunate tangle of legs on an icy field in February 1983.
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There are some potential matches in this match, but Bukayo Saka v Tyrell Malacia and Gabriel Jesus v Lisandro Martínez look particularly tasty. Saka’s poor start to the season actually bodes well for Arsenal – showing they can cope without him and they can still get better – while Malaysia impressive. Saka will want to lure him and then turn away, something he does well, and Malasia’s aggression occasionally comes close to a rash – although the speed of his recovery can still get him out of trouble.
Jesus, meanwhile, is just the type of striker Arsenal need, and he started the season with confidence. But in Martinez, he met a player who was quick, smart and in great shape. I can’t wait to see how this goes.
United, meanwhile, might play like they did against Liverpool, sitting in the middle of the pack and getting into action when they think they can win the ball. The difference this time around is that with Anthony on one side and Jadon Sancho on the other, they have two wingers going inside which might help them build some midfield control – which I believe will be part of the plan . They also want to take advantage of the space behind Arsenal’s back four, and you’d think they’d face greater scrutiny than they’ve faced so far this season.
watch the game carefully, Arsenal are closer than Manchester United to what the manager wants them to achieve. They will look to press United – and in response, David de Gea will likely settle for a long time with his goal kick – Odegaard and Xhaka, their two No. 8s, are Played high on the field.
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As for Arsenal, their injury concerns – Aaron Ramsdale, Alexander Zinchenko and Martin Odegaard – are all on the pitch, Although Thomas Party is still absent. They got a chance from a midweek win over Villa (the aforementioned Zinchenko for Tierney) as they seek a sixth consecutive win.
Manchester United made a change to a team that narrowly won at Leicester – Erik 10 Hag couldn’t resist the temptation to start Antony, who replaced Anthony Elanga. He did move on without Casemiro, though, and has been on the bench thanks to Scott McTominay’s recent stellar performances. I guess that makes sense, but it’s better to do the opposite.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1/4-3-3): De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malaysia; McTominay, Eriksen, Fernandes; Anthony, Sancho, Rashford. submarine: Heaton, Dubravka, Lindelof, Maguire, Ronaldo, Fred, Casemiro, Shaw, Elanga.
Arsenal (4-3-3): Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Lokonga, Xhaka, Odegaard; Saka, Martinelli, Jesus. submarine: Turner, Tierney, Smithrow, Nketiah, Holding, Cedric, Beverly, Vieira, Marchinhos.
referee: Paul Tierney (Salford)
For some, the question is rhetorical, for others the question: How good is Arsenal? We should get answers as soon as possible. Four of Arsenal’s next seven games are against top six teams, after which we’ll have a good idea of whether they’re contenders for the top four, top two, or even top one.
They’ve had a perfect start to the season — five games, five wins — and whatever happens today, they’ll stay on top. Emirates may not have been so optimistic since the winter of 2015-16. But now Arsenal’s meteoric start has an asterisk as their victories come from teams 10th, 13th, 15th, 17th and 20th. While we don’t necessarily have to declare today’s actual test, it’s certainly their biggest test of the season so far.
Old Trafford is where Arsenal often experience extreme emotions – battles in 1986, 1990 and 2003, double in 2002, 49 games in 2004, 8-2, Overmars’ Races, false arrivals – 2020 and the age of majority for everyone else. Arsene Wenger even coined the phrase “Old Trafford” to describe some of the decisions against Arsenal.
At the turn of the century, it was the best game in England, probably world football. Honestly, it’s been a B-class fixture for the past decade. But it’s still Manchester United v Arsenal, the first whistle blows and we’re all salivating.