Manchester U 8 Arsenal 2

Wayne Rooney

Man­chester Uni­ted 8 Ar­senal 2, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Au­gust 28, 2011. Reign­ing Barclays Pre­mier Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted out­classed fel­low Pre­miership title con­tenders Ar­senal to the tune of a 8-2 score at their Old Traf­ford fort­ress cour­tesy of a tre­ble from Way­ne Roo­ney, a brace from Ash­ley Young, and one goal apiece from Ji-sung Park, Lu­is Nani, and Dan­ny Welbeck. 

Man­chester Uni­ted pulled off one of the best res­ults in the his­tory of the club wi­th a stun­ning ho­me win over Ar­senal. Uni­ted had over­come West Brom­wich Al­bion and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in their two open­ing en­coun­ters of the 2011-12 Pre­mier Lea­gue cam­paign, where­as Ar­senal had drawn ag­ainst New­castle Uni­ted and be­en de­feated by Liver­pool. Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s start­ing el­ev­en ag­ainst The Ar­senal in­cluded goal­keeper Da­vid de Gea; de­fenders Jon­athan Evans, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Phil Jones, and Chris Small­ing; mid­field­ers Tom Clev­er­ley and Oli­veira An­der­son; and for­wards Ash­ley Young, Lu­is Nani, Way­ne Roo­ney, and Dan­ny Wel­beck. Ar­senal Head Coach Ar­sene Wenger, for his part, star­ted wi­th a lineup con­tain­ing goal­keeper Wo­j­ciech Szczesny; de­fenders Jo­han Djour­ou, Carl Jen­kin­son, Lau­rent Kos­cielny, and Ar­mand Traore; mid­field­ers Fran­cis Coquelin, Aar­on Ram­sey, and To­mas Rosicky; and for­wards An­drey Ar­shav­in, Robin van Per­sie, and Theo Wal­cott. There were plenty of goals and plenty of ac­tion as Man­chester Uni­ted de­con­struc­ted Ar­senal by a over­whelm­ing 8-2 mar­gin at Old Traf­ford, and not even pro­du­cer and sta­ge de­sign­er Sir Al­ex could pos­sibly have fore­seen the de­luge of goals that would flow at The Theatre of Dreams in Man­chester. The Reds were 3-1 up at the ha­lf-time break, and the ag­gress­ive and spir­ited ho­me play­ers con­tin­ued to dom­in­ate the pro­ceed­ings in the sec­ond ha­lf of the Pre­miership fix­ture, adding five fur­ther goals to ev­entually run out com­pre­hens­ive win­ners in the end. The res­ult was Ar­sen­al’s heav­iest de­feat since suf­fer­ing a 8-0 loss at the hands of East Mid­lands club Lough­bor­ough To­wn at Ath­let­ic Gro­und in a Lea­gue Di­vi­sion Two ga­me on the 12th of Dec­ember 1896.

The fir­st goal of the eagerly an­ti­cip­ated en­counter be­tween the two te­ams ar­rived in the 22nd min­ute of the con­test when a long and lofty pass from dy­nam­ic area-to-area mid­field play­maker Oli­veira An­der­son fou­nd the on­run­ning Dan­ny Wel­beck who bril­liantly head­ed the ball over the gloved hands of hap­less Po­land in­ter­na­tion­al goal pro­tect­or Wo­j­ciech Szczesny and in­to the back of the net to give Man­chester Uni­ted the up­per hand. A fairly in­no­cent chal­lenge in­side the the eight­een-yard box from ver­sat­ile North­ern Ire­land de­fender Jon­ny Evans on tal­en­ted thespi­an and pro­mising mu­sic hall fall guy Theo Wal­cott res­ul­ted in a pen­alty to the gu­ests shortly af­ter­wards, but the sub­sequent spot-kick from Neth­er­lands in­ter­na­tion­al Robin van Per­sie was ma­gic­ally saved by sum­mer sign­ing Da­vid de Gea. Uni­ted re­spon­ded in­stantly, how­ever, as for­mer Wat­ford and As­ton Vil­la flanker Ash­ley Young curled the ball pa­st Szczesny in the 28th min­ute of ac­tion. A mere sev­en min­utes la­ter, tho­ugh, Man­chester Uni­ted suf­fered an in­jury blow when a ham­string in­jury bro­ught Welbeck´s af­ter­noon to an ab­rupt end, and he was sub­sequently re­placed wi­th fel­low front­man Chicharito.

The Old Traf­ford­i­ans stret­ched their ad­vant­age fur­ther when Way­ne Roo­ney net­ted a third goal for the red shirts af­ter 41 min­utes of ac­tion wi­th an ab­so­lutely as­ton­ish­ing twenty-yard free-kick which flew pa­st Wo­j­ciech Szczesny and in­to the top left cor­ner of the net be­fore Wal­cott ma­naged to pull one back for The Gun­ners as his low shot from in­side the pen­alty area be­at De Gea a few min­utes la­ter. But on­ly nine min­utes af­ter the ha­lf time re­fresh­ments, Rooney´s bravado sur­faced ag­ain when the born ag­ain goal plun­der­er fou­nd the tar­get for Man­chester Uni­ted wi­th an­oth­er un­stoppable free-kick, be­fore Por­tuguese wing wiz­ard Lu­is Nani el­eg­antly chipped the ball over the Pol­ish net cus­todi­an in the 67th min­ute of the totally one-sided clash to make the sco­reline read 5-1 in the fa­vour of the hosts. Ferguson´s Uni­ted were soon at­tack­ing Ar­senal ag­ain and Ji-Sung Park, who had come on for Nani eight min­utes pa­st the hour ma­rk, made the sev­enth goal of an en­ter­tain­ing clash when the So­uth Korean mid­field dog of war re­ceived a clev­er di­ag­on­al back­wards pass by Young and sent the ball in­to the bot­tom right-hand cor­ner of the net in the 70th min­ute of play.

The re­al dra­ma then un­fol­ded in the lat­ter sta­ges of the the sec­ond frame. Dutch mas­ter Van Per­sie ma­naged to pro­cuce a sec­ond con­sol­a­tion goal for the Emir­ates Sta­dium club in the 74th min­ute of the tussle, but the North Lon­doners fou­nd them­selves re­duced to ten men soon af­ter when for­mer Charl­ton Ath­let­ic right full­back Carl Jen­kin­son was right­fully ordered off the pitch by mat­ch of­fi­cial How­ard Webb for a mind­less, and un­ne­ces­sary, tack­le on Her­nandez. And yet there was even more dra­ma to come as the clock ticked down when act­or turned mid­field com­batant Theo Wal­cott employ­ed boot force and ig­nor­ance to bring down at­tack minded left full­back Pat­rice Ev­ra in­side the the area in the 82nd min­ute. Wi­th the cool con­fid­ence of a Zen mas­ter, Roo­ney blas­ted his spot-kick pa­st the some­what over­worked Ar­senal shot stop­per and in­to the right-hand cor­ner of the goal to com­plete a tre­mend­ous tre­ble for Man­chester Uni­ted, be­fore the ir­re­press­ible Young re­cor­ded the last and tenth goal of the day in stop­page time wi­th yet an­oth­er curl­ing shot.

In oth­er Pre­mier Lea­gue en­coun­ters, New­castle Uni­ted de­feated Ful­ham 2-1 at St Ja­mes’ Park, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur suc­cumbed to an em­bar­rass­ing 1-5 de­feat at the hands of Man­chester City at White Hart Lane, Liver­pool be­at Bol­ton Wan­derers 3-1 in front of a 45,000 crowd at An­field thanks to a goal each by Jor­dan Hen­derson, Mar­tin Skr­tel, and Char­lie Ad­am, As­ton Vil­la and Wolver­hampton Wan­derers played out a goal­less draw at Vil­la Park, Wi­gan Ath­let­ic emer­ged 2-0 win­ners over Pre­mier Lea­gue new boys Queens Park Ran­gers at DW Sta­dium, Black­burn Rov­ers went down 1-0 ag­ainst Da­vid Moyes´s Ever­ton at Ew­ood Park where for­mer Re­al So­ciedad wing­er Mikel Ar­teta sco­red the win­ner for The Tof­fee­men from the pen­alty spot in stop­page time, new­ly pro­moted Swansea City were held to a goal­less draw by Sun­der­land at Liberty Sta­dium, West Brom­wich Al­bion suf­fered a 1-0 de­feat to Sto­ke City at The Haw­thorns, and 2010-11 Pre­mier Lea­gue run­ners-up Chel­sea se­cured a 3-1 vic­tory ag­ainst top-flight new­comers Nor­wich City at Stam­ford Bridge.

Af­ter in­flict­ing Ar­sen­al’s biggest de­feat for well over 100 years, Man­chester Uni­ted climbed to the very top of the Pre­mier Lea­gue ta­ble for the very fir­st time of the 2011-12 cam­paign. The Reds of Old Traf­ford now had a max­im­um nine points from three ga­mes played so far and were top on goal dif­fer­ence wi­th their cross-to­wn en­emies Man­chester City, who also were on nine points. Ap­par­ently, Man­chester Uni­ted head coach Sir Al­ex Fer­guson was not ready to ride his white horse in­to the sun­set quite yet. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Chris Small­ing, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Phil Jones, Jon­athan Evans, Oli­veira An­der­son, Lu­is Nani, Tom Clev­er­ley, Way­ne Roo­ney, Dan­ny Wel­beck, Ash­ley Young. Sub­stitutes: An­ders Linde­gaard, Rio Fer­dinand, Fa­bio da Silva, Ry­an Gig­gs, Ji-sung Park, Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, Javi­er Her­nandez. Ar­senal Te­am: Wo­j­ciech Szczesny, Carl Jen­kin­son, Lau­rent Kos­cielny, Jo­hann Djour­ou, Ar­mand Traore, Fran­cis Coquelin, Aar­on Ram­sey, To­mas Rosicky, An­drei Ar­shav­in, Theo Wal­cott, Robin Van Per­sie. Sub­stit­tues: Lukasz Fa­bi­anski, Ig­nasi Miquel, Henri Lans­bury, Oguzhan Ozyak­up, Al­ex­an­der Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain, Mar­ou­ane Cha­makh, Gilles Sunu.

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Manchester United´s Previous Ten Matches

2010-11 Sea­son:

Schalke 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2

Ar­senal 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0

Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Schalke 1

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Chel­sea 1

Black­burn Rov­ers 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Black­pool 2

Bar­celona 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

2011-12 Sea­son:

Man­chester City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 3

West Brom­wich Al­bion 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 0

Man­ager: Sir Al­ex Ferguson

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