Manchester United V Arsenal 8–2
Manchester United and England sharpshooter Wayne Rooney managed to record a treble as the reigning Barclays Premier League Champions outclassed and outplayed their longtime adversaries and fellow league title challengers Arsenal to the highly convincing tune of 8–2 at their Old Trafford fortress on Sunday. The Red Devils found themselves 3–1 up at half time and the home players continued to dominate the proceedings in the second period adding five further goals to eventually run out comfortable winners in the end. The result was The Arsenal’s heaviest defeat since suffering a 8–0 defeat at the hands of Loughborough Town in a Second Division game back in December 1896.
There were plenty of goals and plenty of action as Manchester United demolished Arsene Wenger´s Arsenal team yesterday afternoon. Not even producer and stage designer Sir Alex Ferguson could have foreseen the deluge of goals that would flow at The Theatre of Dreams. The first goal of the eagerly anticipated encounter between the two Barclays Premier League giants arrived in the 22nd minute of the play when a long and lofty pass from dynamic area-to-area midfield playmaker Oliveira Anderson found Danny Welbeck who headed the ball over the hands of Poland international goaltender Wojciech Szczesny and into the net. An aggressive challenge inside the the eighteen-yard box from Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans on Arsenal and England frontrunner Theo Walcott resulted in a penalty to the hosts shortly after, but the spot kick from Robin van Persie was magically saved by summer signing David de Gea. The Manchester United players responded instantly, however, as former Villa Park favourite Ashley Young curled the ball behind the helpless away goalkeeper in the 28th minute of the exciting and pulsating game. A mere seven minutes later, a hamstring injury brought Danny Welbeck´s afternoon to an abrupt end and he was replaced by his fellow striker Javier Hernandez. Wayne Rooney netted a third goal after 41 minutes with an absolutely astonishing free-kick before Theo Walcott pulled one back for The Gunners a few minutes later. Nine minutes after the break, Wazza´s bravado surfaced again when the born again goal plunderer scored with a second free kick before Luis Nani chipped the ball over the Arsenal net custodian in the 67th minute of the one-sided clash to make the scoreline read 5–1 in the favour of home team. Second period replacement Ji-sung Park then made Manchester United´s sixth goal of the afternoon after converting a fine pass from the ever dangerous Ashley Young. Dutch master Robin van Persie managed to net a consolation goal for the Emirates Stadium club in the 74th minute of action but the North Londoners were reduced to ten players soon after when previous Charlton Athletic right back Carl Jenkinson was rightfully ordered off for a mindless and unnecessary tackle on trigger happy sharpshooter Javier Chicharito Hernandez. There was more drama to come as Arsenal and England midfield battler Theo Walcott employed boot force and ignorance to bring down attack minded left wingback Patrice Evra inside the the penalty area in the 82nd minute of the high scoring affair. With the confidence of a Zen master, Wayne Rooney blasted his spot kick into the right corner of the net to complete his tremendous treble before the irrepressible Ashley Young recorded the last and tenth goal of the afternoon in stoppage time with yet another curling shot. After inflicting The Arsenal’s biggest defeat for well over 100 years, The Manchester Reds climbed to the very top of the Barclays Premier League table for the first time this current campaign. Apparently, Manchester United Head Coach Sir Alex Ferguson is not ready to ride his white horse into the sunset quite yet. Manchester United Starting Lineup: David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Patrice Evra, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Tom Cleverley, Oliveira Anderson, Luis Nani, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck. Manchester United Substitutes: Javier Chicharito Hernandez, Ji-sung Park, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Fabio da Silva, Dimitar Berbatov, Anders Lindegaard. Arsenal Starting Lineup: Wojciech Szczesny, Carl Jenkinson, Johan Djourou, Laurent Koscielny, Armand Traore, Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Theo Walcott, Andrey Arshavin, Robin van Persie. Arsenal Substitutes: Alexander Oxlade-Chamberlain, Marouane Chamakh, Ignasi Miquel, Henri Lansbury, Lukasz Fabianski, Oguzhan Ozyakup, Gilles Sunu.