‘Unknown’ Rashford sinks Arsenal
Teenager Marcus Rashford scored twice and set up the third as Manchester United derailed Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge at Old Trafford.
Rashford, who scored twice on his debut against FC Midtjylland on Thursday, steered in a loose ball for the opener then headed in three minutes later.
Danny Welbeck nodded Arsenal back into the game, but Rashford picked out Ander Herrera whose shot was deflected in.
Mesut Ozil’s volley gave third-placed Arsenal hope, but United held on.
Arsenal – who have not won the title since 2004 – remain in third place, five points adrift of leaders Leicester having now played the same number of matches.
The Red Devils moved back into fifth position with their first win in three Premier League games.
Barely anyone outside Old Trafford had heard of Marcus Rashford less than week ago – now the teenage United striker is a household name across the country.
Two goals on his senior debut against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League catapulted him into the national spotlight.
But, many asked, how would he fare against a Premier League title-chasing side in the heat of a battle between two fierce rivals? Coolly, calmly and clinically, as it turned out.
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, spoke after the defeat saying: “We played with a lot of intensity, I cannot fault our commitment and spirit and desire but I feel we conceded too easy goals.
“I think after the game we have to be positive and prepare for the next one. We have another game on Wednesday, they come thick and fast and you want to keep a good mentality.
“We did fight until the end, we had a lot of the ball but I think we could avoid the goals with better concentration.
“I am disappointed because we lost the game but we will focus on the next one. This is a fight where you go to the next one and aim to come back even stronger.”