Manchester United have arrested the disaster from their first two games of the season as they continued their sparkling run of form against Arsenal at Old Trafford.
Mikel Arteta’s men had won all of their five games ahead of their trip to Manchester but similarly to the events of roughly 18 years ago, that would all come to an end at the Theatre of Dreams.
It was a dream debut for Antony, who scored the opener in the first half. Bukayo Saka equalised 15 minutes into the second half but two goals from Marcus Rashford ensured another three points for Erik ten Hag.
Man United Player Ratings
David de Gea – 7
Largely unbothered for most of the game and wasn’t called into action too much. Could do nothing for the goal.
Diogo Dalot – 8
Struggled for parts of the first half but recovered to produce another strong performance. What a season he is having.
Raphael Varane – 8
At this point, we can confidently say that injuries meant that we never saw this Varane last season. United have a real gem on their hands – he is world-class for a reason and he showed it against Arsenal.
Lisandro Martinez – 7
Not the commanding performance we have grown accustomed to but got the job done. Struggled with Jesus at times.
Tyrell Malacia – 7
Saka had the better of him in the first half but it all changed after the interval. Once again, Luke Shaw’s road back to the fold is a long one.
Scott McTominay – 9
What form he is in. McTominay’s performances have assured Ten Hag he can slowly faze Casemiro into his side and that’s some doing.
Christian Eriksen – 9
United must be wondering how on earth they were able to sign a player like Eriksen for free. What an impact he has had for United. Stellar performance.
Antony – 7
The big-money signing was coming under scrutiny before he had even kicked a ball for the Reds and he responded in emphatic fashion. You could tell he was new to the team but when it mattered, he made sure to find the back of the net and lay the platform for a priceless victory.
Bruno Fernandes – 8
One of the best midfielders in the world for a reason. His pass for Rashford’s second goal was spectacular and I doubt you’ll see a better one this year. Sets the tone with the armband.
Jadon Sancho – 7
Played a big part in the first goal and continues to be crucial for the team.
Marcus Rashford – 9
A player reborn under Ten Hag. That’s three goals and two assists in the last four games for the 24-year-old now and it can’t be understated how much that will mean to him.