Manchester United Breaks Arsenal’s Unbeaten Start With A Debut Goal From Antony
On Sunday, a 3-1 victory over Arsenal ended their unbeaten start to the Premier League season. Antony scored on his dream debut for Manchester United, while Marcus Rashford added two more goals to the cause.
Antony was making his debut after joining United manager Erik ten Hag’s old team Ajax on Thursday in an £82 million ($94 million) transfer.
Full of flips, trickery, and deliberate movement, the 22-year-old forward gave his new Old Trafford supporters a stunning debut in just 35 minutes by scoring.
Arsenal responded to tie the score with Bukayo Saka, but Rashford stunned the league’s top team by scoring twice in as many second-half minutes after Cristiano Ronaldo took Antony’s place.
United was able to celebrate a fourth straight victory, moving them up to fifth place, thanks to Antony and Rashford.
Ten Hag’s rule began with defeats to Brentford and Brighton, which was a humiliating experience for him.
However, the Dutch manager has since begun to make his mark on a United team that appears much more organized than the disjointed bunch that finished sixth in the Premier League the previous season.
Mikel Arteta’s team suffered their first loss of the season after five straight victories. They gave a lot to an exciting game but paid the price for some sloppy defending.
Gabriel Martinelli outran Diogo Dalot and clipped a beautiful finish over David de Gea in the 12th minute, giving Arsenal the impression that they had suddenly taken the lead.
The referee determined that Martin Odegaard shoved Christian Eriksen in order to take the ball after VAR intervened and asked Paul Tierney to look for a foul in the buildup.
When Rashford’s nimble pass found Antony in the 35th minute, the forward took advantage of Arsenal’s careless marking to sweep a clinical finish into the far corner from eight yards.
Tierney reprimanded Antony for shoving the ball up his shirt in front of the Arsenal supporters as he kissed his badge and posed for the cameras in a showy celebration that brought Old Trafford into raptures.
Antony’s lack of self-doubt was evident since he even attempted an outrageous lob that kept Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale alert.
After 58 minutes, Ronaldo replaced Antony, who was received with a standing ovation.
Two minutes later, Saka silenced Old Trafford as Arsenal scored a justifiable equalizer.
The United defense was shaken by Odegaard’s pass, and Saka easily buried the ball after Gabriel Jesus was deflected to him by Dalot’s challenge.
But in the 66th minute, United stunned Arsenal with a spectacular counterattack.
Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes were able to play through the Arsenal press, and Rashford was able to beat Ramsdale with a brilliant pass from Bruno Fernandes.
As Arsenal once more left themselves exposed at the back, United sealed the victory with a goal similar to their second, this time Rashford being fed by Eriksen and converting.
In the early game on Sunday, Brighton continued their outstanding start to the year with a 5-2 triumph that left bottom-of-the-table Leicester in disarray.
Thanks to a second-half surge at the Amex Stadium, Graham Potter’s fourth-placed team increased their winning streak to four games in a row.
Leicester took the lead thanks to a goal from Kelechi Iheanacho in the opening minute, but Brighton eventually prevailed thanks to goals from Moises Caicedo and Luke Thomas.
Leicester’s Patson Daka pulled them level, but after the break, Leandro Trossard gave Brighton the lead, and Alexis Mac Allister’s two goals put the game out of reach for the struggling visitors.
With just one point from their opening six games and five straight losses, Leicester’s manager Brendan Rodgers is under a lot of stress.
“The simplicity goes out of your game if you lack confidence,” Rodgers said.
“I don’t listen to the outside noise. You put the hard yards in and work, not shirk responsibility.
“The results are down to me. I’m the manager. We need to go away and work even harder to get that first win.”