Manchester United v Arsenal – Football Match Report – December 3, 2021


Cristiano Ronaldo broke the 800-goal mark for club and country, scoring twice as Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-2 in an incident-rich Premier League game on Thursday.

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United, with Michael Carrick on the bench as interim manager, were being watched by their new interim manager Ralf Rangnick and after the game Carrick announced he was leaving the club.

Carrick, who said the decision was “100%” his own, was undefeated in all three of his managerial appearances after taking over after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking last month.

United fans paid tribute to Solskjaer ahead of the match with a banner in the Stretford End stating “20-Legend” – a reference to the Norwegian’s former shirt number.

But it was another legend, Ronaldo, who took center stage in a game from start to finish.

Arsenal took a bizarre lead in the 13th minute when United goalkeeper David De Gea fell from a corner with a squeeze of his foot after being backed by teammate Fred and Emile Smith Rowe pierced a shot in the unguarded goal of the edge of the box.

As referee Martin Atkinson had not whistled before the ball entered the net and no foul was committed, the goal was upheld.

United’s protests were to no avail but they fought back on an even level a minute before the break thanks to a strike from Bruno Fernandes after a delicious set-up of Fred’s back heel.

Ronaldo gave United the advantage in the 52nd when Diogo Dalot found Marcus Rashford on the right and the winger’s low cross was clinically converted for the Portuguese striker’s 800th goal.

The Gunners responded quickly with Martin Odegaard coming to the edge of the box to guide home a nice low ball from Gabriel Martinelli.

But Ronaldo scored the winner from the penalty spot after Atkinson surrendered to the pitch monitor and ruled that Fred had been shot down by Odegaard.

United climbed to seventh place in the table, two points and two places below Arsenal and 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

“Every victory is important. It was difficult for us. Today we had a great victory. We can be satisfied because we beat Arsenal,” said Fernandes.

Carrick, a former United midfielder, announced his decision immediately after the final whistle, ending his 15 years at the club.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I think it was the right one. I was going to take time off after I finished playing and it never happened. Now is a good time to walk away and what a way to end it. ”Carrick said in a statement.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta saw bright spots in his side’s performance but believed they had defended poorly.

“If you concede three goals at Old Trafford it is difficult to get a result. I was disappointed with the goals we conceded,” he said.

“There were a lot of things that I liked about the game. I liked the behavior of the individuals. When you score two goals at Old Trafford you expect to get something out of the game and that’s a regret, but it is our fault. This is what is happening against this quality of adversary. “


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