Marcus Rashford scored his third and fourth goals for Manchester United. The 18-year-old has barely completed that many days as a player but it gave the Red Devil faithful something to dream. Rashford’s finishes inside box belied his age. After a slow start to the game, United scored twice in the space of three minutes. Nacho Monreal endured a torrid evening on the left-flank, playing a part in both the opening goals. Danny Welbeck scored against his former club again to give hopes of an Arsenal turnaround. Also Read - AVL vs NEW Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Football Tips Premier League 2020-21- Captain, Vice-captain, Top Picks For Today's Aston Villa vs Newcastle United Football Match at Villa Park 1.30 AM IST January 24 Sunday
That, however would have to wait for another day. The young United side showed energy, drive and discipline and closed down all avenues for the Arsenal frontline to get their passing game going. Rashford wasn’t done though. He laid an excellent pass for Ander Herrera to double the lead. Ozil scored soon after but United held on to take three points, and were back in the reckoning for a top-four spot. There was also time for a little bit of entertainment as manager Louis van Gaal ran to the touchline official and demonstrated how the opponent fell. The Dutchman collapsed on the floor, much to the amusement and glee of Old Trafford, and got a standing ovation for it. Also Read - Mesut Ozil Effect: Flight Radar Data Shows Over 1M People Followed Former Arsenal Star's Flight Path From London to Istanbul Aircraft
For all the sparkling football and pace threat they carry, the Arsenal attack couldn’t create one single attack that was worth talking about in the early exchanges. Some pundits have spoken about a mental block creeping into the Arsenal ranks when they visit these parts. They even defied it last year, when a Danny Welbeck inspired Gunners helped his team register a narrow in the FA Cup. Also Read - Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer Rumour: Juventus Star Heavily Linked With Manchester United After Following Former Club on Instagram
This time, the former United man looked like he had the occasion get the better of him. He got a yellow card early and looked frazzled. Arsenal’s link-up play up front was poor and insipid. United took their time and and buil their attacks and got their reward. Rashford scored after Guillermo Varela found space on the right and crossed into the box. Arsenal defended terribly and the young Englishman found himself in the area and bulleted the ball past Petr Cech.
Three minutes later, things turned from bad to worse for the Gunners. Once again, it was the right flank that United exploited and Jese Lingard and Varela worked a one-two. The cross came in from Lingard and Rashford this time rose above the defense to score the second. United were in dreamland.
In came Arsenal’s response and it was through a free-kick. Ozil floated an inch-perfect ball into the area and Welbeck rose above Morgan Schneiderlin to head the ball home. United didn’t hold back after the half-time break and got their two-goal lead back. Rashford was in the thick of things again as he laid the ball through to Herrera’s path, the Spaniard came up with a quality finish.
Arsenal dug deep to come with another response and this time it was Ozil, who got a well deserved goal. Welbeck was in action yet again. He took a shot and the German playmaker pounced on the rebound. Arsenal were frustrated post that. The likes of Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey had an afternoon to forget. United once again rise after some ruled them out of the title race.