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Played
August 28, 2011 11:00 AM EDT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 75448‎
 
Theo Walcott 45+3′
28′ Ashley Young
42′ Wayne Rooney
 
64′ Wayne Rooney
 
67′ Nani
 
70′ Ji-Sung Park
 
87′ (PG) Wayne Rooney
 
90+2′ Ashley Young
 
Top of the Match
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United
Flop of the Match
Carl Jenkinson
Carl Jenkinson
Arsenal
Carl Jenkinson
Carl Jenkinson
Arsenal

Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal: Wayne Rooney hat-trick the highlight as United humiliates Wenger's men

Sir Alex Ferguson's side dominated at the Theater of Dreams to make it three wins in three so far this season for the hosts and add further woe to the hapless Gunners

By Jonathan Birchall

EPL - Manchester United v Arsenal, Wayne Rooney
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Manchester United continued its perfect start to the season with a spectacular 8-2 win over an increasingly beleaguered Arsenal side at Old Trafford.

A Wayne Rooney hat-trick and a brace for Ashley Young, as well as strikes for Danny Welbeck, Nani and Park Ji-Sung, exemplified the gulf in class between the two sides. Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie replied with strikes worthy of mere consolation.

Sir Alex Ferguson insisted that Manchester City’s 5-1 win away to Totteham earlier on Sunday would have no affect on his team prior to kickoff but with the noisy neighbors raucous in the capital, there can be little doubt that the Scot will have expected a statement of equal intent from his charges against the league’s other north London side.

Anderson's fine lofted ball was allowed to bounce in the box by the Gunners' inexperienced defence, allowing Welbeck to nod home with ease on the 22nd minute to open the scoring

As Arsene Wenger watched on like a man down on his luck, his side was offered a somewhat fortuitous opportunity of getting back into the game, as Theo Walcott fell in the box under pressure from Jonny Evans. Assistant Darren Cann deemed it worthy of a penalty to the disbelief of the Northern Irishman but as van Persie saw his weak effort from the spot saved by the under-fire David De Gea, you couldn't help but feel that the perennial nature of Arsenal's decline was being played out with almost satirical predictability.

Champions flying | Ashley Young celebrates after doubling United's lead

It was a case of it never raining but pouring for the Emirates outfit as only a minute later Young doubled the advantage for United with a simply beautiful effort past the stretching frame of Wojciech Szczesny to further exemplify his seamless transition into his new side.

Rooney converted a sublime free-kick following a foul on Young on the edge of the area to pick up his 150th United goal and put the home side out in front 3-0.

If any Arsenal performer deserved a reprieve it was the lively Walcott and his early endeavor was rewarded on the stroke of halftime as he pulled a goal back for the visitors after latching onto Rosicky's through ball to offer a semblance of respect to the scoreline.

Rooney bent another free-kick into the opposite corner of the net from his earlier strike after the break, making it 4-1. The game, with over 20 minutes remaining, was up.

However, the relentless attitude of the home side was not and United made it five soon after as Nani found space in the area following a simple pass from Rooney split open the Gunners' back line and chipped a lovely effort home.

The Red Devils then turned the knife further, as Arsenal's chief-tormentor in recent years, Park made it six. Van Persie grabbed a consolation soon after before Arsenal went down to 10 men for Carl Jenkinson's second yellow of the match.

The perfect day for the Old Trafford faithful looked to have been neatly completed from the penalty spot as Rooney picked up his sixth United hat-trick following Walcott's push on Patrice Evra.

Yet the agony for the north London side was finally confirmed in quite fantastic fashion as Young got his second with another curling wonder-strike.

The home side's starting XI may have been younger than Arsenal's but following a ruthless performance of such quality at Old Trafford, Ferguson's sparkling kids proved once again that they are more than alright. Arsenal, it would seem, is anything but.



Manchester United

1
David de Gea
Goalkeeper
27′
3.00
6
Jonny Evans
Defender
26′
3.00
4
Phil Jones
Defender
3.50
3
Patrice Evra
Defender
87′
3.50
12
Chris Smalling
Defender
4.00
8
Anderson
Midfielder
22′ 68′
4.00
23
Tom Cleverley
Midfielder
3.50
18
Ashley Young
Midfielder
26′ 28′ 42′ 64′ 70′ 92′
4.50
17
Nani
Midfielder
67′ 68′
3.50
10
Wayne Rooney
Striker
42′ 64′ 67′ 87′
4.50
19
Danny Welbeck
Striker
22′ 36′
3.50

Arsenal

3.00
1
2.00
6
2.00
5
2.00
3
1.50
25
3.00
16
Aaron Ramsey
Midfielder
2.00
10
1.50
7
Tomas Rosicky
Midfielder
48′
2.00
20
2.50
14
2.50
20

Substitutes

13
0.00
35
0.00
5
0.00
13
Ji-Sung Park
Midfielder
68′ 70′
3.50
11
Ryan Giggs
Midfielder
68′ 92′
3.50
14
3.50
9
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
21
0.00
48
Miquel
Defender
2.50
45
Henri Lansbury
Midfielder
84′
0.00
15
2.50
29
0.00
33

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0