Marcus Rashford scored twice and summer signing Anthony contributed a goal on his debut as United beat in-form Arsenal 3-1 at Old Trafford.
Anthony opened the scoring in the 35th minute after his move from Ajax before Bukayo Saka responded for Arsenal but Rashford’s brace secured Eric ten Hag’s goal The team continued its early-season revival.
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Mikel Arteta’s side won their first five games in the Premier League, but United stopped Arsenal’s perfect start to record their fourth consecutive victory after an initial struggle of the season.
Arsenal looked to have a perfect start in the 12th minute when Gabriel Martinelli swooped in after being sent in by Saka, but VAR checked Martin Odegaard on Christian Ethardt. After Rickson’s foul, the goal was ruled out.
It was United who took the lead through Anthony in the 35th minute when Rashford fired the Brazil international past Aaron Ramsdale – becoming the 21st United to score on his Premier League debut player.
In the 60th minute, after Gabriel Jesus was pushed down by Diogo Dalot, Saka shot from the side, and Arsenal pulled one back in the 60th minute.
United fought back through Rashford six minutes later, with the striker’s shot deflected from Ben White after a breakaway pass from Bruno Fernandes.
Rashford scored the second goal in the 75th minute and Eriksen scored from close range for the England international, who was confirmed to be offside.
United look to have found their faith once again after humiliating defeats at Brighton and Brentford, and the ten Hag’s approach is bearing fruit.
Anthony gets a spot on the right, Rashford down the middle, Jadon Sancho on the left, while Cristiano Ronaldo starts on the bench alongside Brazil’s Casemiro.
“The spirit of this team, they can deal with setbacks, so we did it and it was really great, showing your mentality. We did improve on that,” Ten Hager said after the game. “We are happy and satisfied with the win and the performance of a very good team. They played very well.”
Gunners boss Arteta fears his side are not making the most of the performance.
“I’m very disappointed that we didn’t win the game,” Arteta said. “This game is about winning. We didn’t win the game because we lacked discipline at some point and we weren’t cold enough in front of goal.
“I told the players at half-time that the game was on and if we had more guts to play, we would have won the game. It was 1-1, then it should have been 2-1 [for us]. It’s a big lesson, if you want to win here, you have to do everything well. “
With their opening five victories, Arsenal remain at the top of the table with 15 points, while Manchester United climb to fifth, three points behind the Gunners.