A match billed to be a tight affair turned out to be just that, but only in terms of the scoreline as it proved to be a thrilling contest. Manchester United managed to put a dent in Arsenal’s title challenge with a stunning performance from their youngsters. Having enjoyed a 5-1 win against Midjtylland on Thursday, they carried on their run of good games against the Gunners as goals from Rashford and Ander Herrera were enough to get United over the line despite resistance from Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil. Essentially Sports takes a look at five talking points from the heated affair.
Rashford Leads the Way as United’s Youth Shines
Manchester United have been depleted with injuries and this has led to many of their Academy graduates getting their first team chances. Marcus Rashford who only made his debut on Thursday because Martial picked up an injury on match day, got himself two goals against the Danes to earn a start against Arsenal. And he followed up his debut heroics with more of the same in his Premier League debut as he put the Gunners’ defence to the sword. The youngster scored two well taken goal and did wonderfully on the counter-attack to set up Ander Herrera for United’s third. His tireless running made life hard for the Arsenal back four and he has surely earned the attractions of football scouts across the globe.
United had at one point of the match, 6 academy graduates playing on the pitch, with 9 of them involved in the match day in total, and the youngsters looked calm, composed and very efficient as Arsenal tried to break them down. Jesse Lingard continued his impressive run in the first team with another assist and it was Varela’s cross that led to United’s first goal. Whether Louis van Gaal carries on at the helm next season or not, whoever takes over at Old Trafford will have a promising bunch of youngsters to add squad depth if not challenge for starting positions and the future looks bright for United.