Manchester United v Arsenal: Premier League – live! | Premier League


Key events

24 minutes Arsenal are unsuccessfully appealing a penalty after a risky challenge from Martinez on Saka. United break and Saliba is shown a yellow card for a foul on Sancho.

25 minutes “I understand why that goal was disallowed,” says James Hupp, “but the push that Tierney ignored was also exactly the kind of contact the umpires were told during normal play to ‘keep the game flowing’. and then pull back to examine the leg contact in detail, really does it flow better than inflating the push would have in the first place?

That is a valid point. It’s all a bit of a mess, isn’t it, and it’s getting more and more annoying.

24 minutes In the last 10 minutes, so since the disallowed goal, Arsenal had 61 percent of the ball.

22 minutes Rashford finds Antony in the room to the right. It cuts in, 25 yards out, and curls high and wide from the far post. So far he has been a little too eager, although he did produce a nice backflick that ultimately led to United’s best chance.

20 minutes A very deep corner of Saka is headed wide by the kicking Jesus backwards.

19 minutes Saka roasts Malacia on the right, enters the area and shoves the ball towards Jesus at the nearest post. Varane squeezes forward to clear.

18 minutes Even disallowed goals can change the game – Arsenal, who were on the back foot for the first 12 minutes, dominated the ball since Martinelli’s goal was disallowed.

16 minutes The case of Arsenal is that while it was likely an Odegaard foul, it was not a clear and obvious foul and therefore the goal should have been awarded. Oh I don’t know, I’m totally VARed out.

15 minutes “Why do people see Ten Hag as young when only four managers are older than him?” says Nelson Chiwara. “Statistically, he’s relatively out and a spry 52.”

Novelty, I guess. That and, as I’ve always maintained, being bald takes 10 years off you.

NO GOAL! Manchester United 0-0 Arsenal

Maritn Odegaard waves his hands in disbelief and Mikel Arteta has his hands over his face. Arsenal have been robbed many times over the years at Old Trafford; Not sure if they were robbed here.

14 min: The Referee Goes to the Monitor. Odegaard’s knee came over Eriksen, that’s what Paul Tierney is looking at.

United to appeal for Eriksen foul. Halfway through, he was robbed by Odegaard, with Saka picking up the loose ball. Saka cut United open with a devastating pass to Martinelli, who roared away from Dalot, beating De Gea with confidence.

I think it’s a violation of Odegaard, but whether it’s a clear and obvious mistake is another matter.

GOAL! Manchester United 0-1 Arsenal (Martinelli 12)

A ruthless break from Arsenal!

Arsenal’s Brazilian midfielder Gabriel Martinelli (C) scores, but the goal is quickly disallowed for a foul. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

11 minutes Man Utd have had 85 percent of possession so far. Sancho teases White on the left side of the area, giving way to a low shot that is pushed away from the post by Ramsdale.

9 min: Chance Of Saliba! Xhaka’s cross hits a defender and rolls invitingly towards Saliba on the edge of the area. He opens his body and side feet over the bar. That was a pretty good chance, even though he had a few defenders coming at him.

8 min: Chance for Eriksen! Antony makes a stylish tap behind his standing leg to find Dalot, who makes a cross past the far post for the first time. Eriksen hits it on the volley with his left foot, but cuts it wide. It was a clumsy opportunity, coming up to thigh height.

8 minutes Jesus is okay to carry on. Play resumes with an undisputed drop ball.

6 minutes McTominay wins the ball high up the field from Jesus, who hits his head against the turf as he falls. The referee stops the game, rightly so, although United are not happy.

6 minutes Antony’s first contribution is a cross that doesn’t beat the first man. It’s been a pretty quiet start.

5 minutes “As a true neutral when it comes to English club football, I’m looking forward to this,” said Simon McMahon. “Two of the great names of English football. Young, dynamic managers. Star-studded lineups. And Scott McTominay. Roy Keane in the studio. var. B-movie or not, it’s going to be fun.”

4 minutes Xhaka hooks a long shot that hits McTominay on the edge of the area.

2 minutes Dalot’s cut from the left side of the area (don’t ask) is clipped by Xhaka. Arsenal breaks down and Martinez flattens Jesus near byline. He probably should have been booked for that.

1 minute Beep beep! Manchester United start from left to right as we watch. Both teams will play 4-2-3-1 as expected.

The players are gone, the atmosphere is lively. It’s time for Manchester United v Arsenal, Part 237 (not counting the 1988 Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy final).

Manchester United v Arsenal: A Classic Premier League Rivalry. We all say that, but the hatred predates the beginning of football in 1992. It pretty much started with an unfortunate tangle of legs on an icy field in February 1983.

Erik ten Hag speaking

Eeesh, Brighton have beaten Leicester 5-2; they remain fourth, Leicester at the bottom. Watch the response here:

There are some potential belt matches in this match, but Bukayo Saka v Tyrell Malacia and Gabriel Jesus v Lisandro Martínez look particularly appetizing. Saka has not started the season very well, which actually bodes well for Arsenal – showing that they can handle it without him and they can get much better – while Malacia has been extremely impressive. Saka will want to lure him in and then turn away, as that’s something he does well and Malacia’s aggression is borderline at times – though his recovery rate can still get him out of trouble.

Jesus, meanwhile, was just the kind player Arsenal needed and he started the season with such confidence. But in Martínez he meets a player who is equally agile and smart, in excellent form. I can’t wait to see how this one goes.

United, meanwhile, will likely play as they did against Liverpool, sitting in a center block and springing into action when they think the ball can be won. The difference this time is that, with Antony on one side and Jadon Sancho on the other, there are two wingers coming in which could help them get some control in midfield – I’m sure this is part of the plan. They will also want to exploit the space behind Arsenal’s back four and, you might think, will give it a more rigorous scrutiny than it has been so far this season.

Taking a closer look at the match-up, Arsenal are much closer to where their manager wants them to be than United. They will try to push United high – in response, David de Gea can hump his goal kicks long to take that out of the equation – with Odegaard and Xhaka, their two number 8s, playing high on the pitch.

Lecture before the competition

As for Arsenal, their injury doubts – Aaron Ramsdale, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Odegaard – all play, though Thomas Partey remains absent. They have one shot at the midweek win over Villa, the aforementioned Zinchenko for Tierney, as they aim for a sixth straight win.

United make one change to the team that took the win at Leicester – Erik ten Hag cannot resist the temptation to start Antony, who is filling in for Anthony Elanga. However, he continues without Casemiro, who is kept on the bench by the good work Scott McTominay has done recently. It makes sense, I guess, but not as much as doing the reverse.

Team news

Manchester United (4-2-3-1/4-3-3): DeGea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia; McTominay, Eriksen, Fernandes; Anthony, Sancho, Rashford. Subscribers: Heaton, Dubravka, Lindelof, Maguire, Ronaldo, Fred, Casemiro, Shaw, Elanga.

Arsenal (4-3-3): Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Lokonga, Xhaka, Odegaard; Saka, Martinelli, Jesus. Subscribers: Turner, Tierney, Smith Rowe, Nketiah, Holding, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Vieira, Marquinhos.

Referee: Paul Tierney (Salford)


For some the question is rhetorical, for others it’s asking: how good is Arsenal? We should get an answer soon enough. Four of Arsenal’s next seven games will be against Big Six teams, after which we’ll have a good idea if they’re serious contenders for the top four, the top two or even the best.

They have had a perfect start to the season – five games, five wins – and will remain at the top no matter what happens today. There probably hasn’t been such optimism in the Emirates since the winter of 2015-16. But for now there is an asterisk against Arsenal’s flying start as their victories have been won against the teams in 10th, 13th, 15th, 17th and 20th place. While we shouldn’t necessarily announce that today is the real quiz, it is certainly their biggest test of the season so far.

Old Trafford is a place where Arsenal often experience extreme emotions – the Battles of 1986, 1990 and 2003, taking the Double in 2002, the 49-and-out robbery of 2004, the 8-2, the Overmars game, the false coming of age in 2020 and the rest. Arsene Wenger even coined an expression, “Old Traffordish”, to describe some of the decisions that went against Arsenal.

At the turn of the century this was the best game in English, probably world football. Let’s face it, it’s been a regular on the B-list for the past decade. But it’s still Manchester United v Arsenal, and the first whistle makes us all salivate.

kick off 4.30 pm.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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