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5 things learned: Manchester United 3-1 Arsenal (Premier League)

Yusuf Haq

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5 things learned: Manchester United 3-1 Arsenal (Premier League)

Manchester United have defeated league leaders Arsenal in the Premier League in a 3-1 thriller.

Goals from Antony and Marcus Rashford (2) see Erik ten Hag's side leap to 4th in the table, after being last just a few weeks ago.

Here are five things UtdDistrict learnt from:

#1: Antony/Anthony and debuts go hand in hand

The last time a big money signing by the name of Ant(h)ony made his Manchester United debut against a bitter rival, he scored. History has now repeated itself.

Following his £85m transfer to Old Trafford, Antony made his debut against Arsenal and just like Anthony Martial did seven years ago against Liverpool, sealed it with a goal.

Antony. (Man Utd)
Antony. (Man Utd)

United fans were extremely excited for their new recruit, and the Brazilian showed his excitement to be at Old Trafford with a big performance in which he was unafraid to express himself.

#2: Revival season for Marcus Rashford?

Marcus Rashford struggled in United's first two games, which were horror shows for the entire team, and many questioned whether he should remain in the side going forwards or not.

But since then he's found his mojo again. A goal vs Liverpool, assist vs Leicester and two goals with an assist against Arsenal has seen him go for a revival of sorts.

His goals have come in similar fashion, an out to in run behind defences from the left. This has always been where Rashford is most dangerous, and seeing him go back to this is a positive.

#3 Erik ten Hag showcases big game adaptability again

Arsenal fans, ironically, were the ones who said Erik ten Hag needed to learn to adapt the way Arteta did after United lost 4-0 to Brentford.

Against Liverpool, it was evident how Ten Hag adapted his setup to win United the game. If that wasn't enough, they've now found out first hand just how Erik ten Hag is able to adapt.

Last season, United did not enjoy themselves too much in the bigger games. This season, however, could be a different story judging on the games so far.

#4 Another solid performance from defenders

Against one of the strongest offensive sides in the league so far this season, United's men at the back once again held their own mostly, making it just two goals conceded in the last four games.

Raphaël Varane and Lisandro Martínez further developed what is looking to be one of the strongest defensive partnerships in the league, handling Gabriel Jesus with strength and aggression.

Lisandro Martinez against Gabriel Jesus. (Man Utd)
Lisandro Martinez against Gabriel Jesus. (Man Utd)

Diogo Dalot has been one of United's most impressive players in recent weeks and that did not change today, handling Gabriel Martinelli well and playing extremely well offensively.

#5 Huge win for United, but still not perfect 

Erik ten Hag's Red Devils are completely unrecognisable to the opening two games, but still have a very long way to go in a lot of aspects - which is expected as it is still early days.

United showed immaturity in a lot of moments, defensively and on the ball. The substitutions helped them manage the game better later on, but before that they gave Arsenal too many easy opportunities.

Ten Hag and his coaching staff will undoubtedly highlight these moments to his players, and use them to improve going forwards.

Featured Image Credit: Manchester United

Topics: Manchester United, Arsenal, Premier League, Antony, Erik Ten Hag

Yusuf Haq
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