Sunday, 28 February 2016
Manchester united 3-2 Arsenal, Marcus Rasford score brace for united
Arsenal's title ambitions took another hit after an exciting clash that harked back to the showdown clashes between these two clubs when they wrestled for supremacy year after year.
The North London side showed character, twice biting into Man United's two-goal lead, but there was a familiar sinking feeling for Wenger as he trudged down the tunnel at full-time.
It was the visitors who settled into the game with more ease and Monreal could have notched a rare goal inside the opening ten minutes when he ran beyond Guillermo Varela, latching onto a perfectly judged chipped through ball from Ozil. However, the left-back hesitated and blasted his effort straight at David De Gea who stood tall.
After a period of sparring, Old Trafford exploded into life in an extraordinary three-minute spell that Rashford won't soon forget. The opener, arriving just shy of the half-hour mark was the product of some fine work from Herrera in midfield, nicking the ball of the dawdling Theo Walcott before spreading it quickly to Varela.
The Uruguayan whipped in a teasing cross that Koscielny could only toe in the direction of the 18-year-old Premier League debutant, who made no mistake in firing beyond Cech with a nerveless first time right-footed finish and erupting the home fans in the process.
Rashford has scored 4 goals from 5 shots on target in his Man Utd career so far.
However, just as United fans may have been fearing a response from the Gunners, Rashford's fairytale continued with an expertly taken header to double the lead two minutes later. Once again, Varela did well on the right, retrieving a loose ball and heading it back to Lingard, whose cross was glanced home with aplomb byMarcus Rashford.
Suddenly, the atmosphere inside Old Trafford was as excitable as it has been in months and Marcus Rashford suddenly found himself on a hattrick, 30 minutes after first kicking a ball in this league.
The red devils roared into life spectacularly but when you have the quality of Arsenal's front line, a goal is never too far away. Ozil whipped in an outstanding free-kick, flat and with plenty of pace, dropping to a criminally unmarked Welbeck, with the former United man mirroring Rashford's finish in heading past a hesitating David De Gea.
Gunners had been flat but their response was impressive and United did well to go into the half-time break still with their noses in front.
Arsenal's bruising encounter with Barcelona on Tuesday night had visibly tired them as they laboured through the start of the second half and were made to pay when Marcus Rashford turned creator for Herrera to clinch an important third goal for United via a decisive deflection off Koscielny.
It was impressive fromMarcus Rashford once again, who took the defenders on before turning back, holding the ball up and laying it off to the Spaniard.
But the Gunners just refused to lie down. Sanchez whipped in a teasing ball from the right and de Gea saved excellently from Welbeck. However, Ozil followed up, stabbing the ball into the ground and popping it up into the top corner as a silence befell Old Trafford once again.
Marcus Rashord exited the stage to a standing ovation as United tried to hang on. There were a few nervy moments for United fans but Arsenal never really piled the pressure on, wearing the fatigue from an enervating week. United's week, on the other hand, has given them renewed hope as we enter the final two months of the season.