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Antony has arrived! Man Utd winners, losers and ratings as Rashford double seals win over Arsenal

20:02 SAST 2022/09/04
Antony Manchester United 2022
The new £85-million signing lit up Old Trafford on his debut as Erik ten Hag's side made it four wins in a row

Manchester United brought Arsenal's 100 per cent start to the season to a shuddering halt with a major statement of intent on Sunday. New signing Antony raised the roof at Old Trafford with a debut goal, while Marcus Rashford struck twice in the second half to seal a 3-1 win.

It is now four straight wins for Erik ten Hag's resurgent side - and for those inside the stadium, here was the clearest sign yet of the Dutchman's revolution taking shape.

United are now up to fifth - three points off leaders Arsenal - after back-to-back defeats in their opening two games left them rooted to the foot of the table.

In a clash that brought to mind the Titanic battles between two formerly dominant sides of English football, it was United who triumphed.

But, even in defeat, Arsenal remain at the top of the Premier League - and perhaps this was evidence that both teams are ready to challenge at the very top of the table once more.

  • Antony Manchester United 2022-23

    The Winners

    Antony:

    The Brazilian couldn't have asked for more on his debut, as he opened the scoring while showing glimpses of the thrills he can bring to this United attack.

    At one point, Arsenal fans mocked him when he opted against taking on Oleksandr Zinchenko when he squared up to the left-back, but he showed the intelligence to keep hold of possession. Moments later, United had the ball in the back of the net thanks to his decisive finish.

    The standing ovation he received when replaced after an hour was very well deserved.

    Bruno Fernandes:

    Relishing his role as captain, Fernandes' commitment to the cause is beyond question, putting his body on the line throughout.

    But it was his game-changing qualities that came to the fore here - with his driving run opening up Arsenal for Antony's goal before his perfectly-executed through-ball set Rashford away to score in the second half.

    Marcus Rashford:

    There are still doubts as to whether Rashford can play through the middle long-term, but he is proving pretty effective there while Ten Hag figures out his strongest attack.

    Showed great awareness to set up Antony's goal and then displayed his qualities on the left when moved out wide in the second half with two well-taken strikes.

    These are early days under a new manager, but the impact Ten Hag has had on Rashford is already clear to see.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 2022-23

    The Losers

    Arsenal:

    Mikel Arteta's side arrived at Old Trafford with the only 100 per cent record left in the Premier League - but that came crashing down in the face of their first major test.

    This result will raise doubts about their credentials to maintain their impressive early form, and all eyes will be on their next game against Everton.

    Can the leaders bounce back straight away - or will this be a case of their bubble being burst?

    Cristiano Ronaldo:

    On the bench once again, Ronaldo faces a fight to force his way back into the starting line up.

    The arrival of Antony creates even greater competition for places, while Rashford is clearly Ten Hag's preferred option through the middle at the moment.

    Ronaldo looked determined to make an impact after coming on - and the closing of the transfer window should ensure there are no more distractions regarding his future - but he will not be happy with his involvement so far this season.

    Arsenal fans:

    They mocked Antony when he showed some flashy footwork in the first half. But they were very quickly silenced when he had the ball in the back of the net moments later.

  • David de Gea Manchester United 2022-23

    Manchester United Ratings: Defence

    David De Gea (7/10):

    Two good saves denied Martinelli in the first half when Arsenal dominated.

    Diogo Dalot (5/10):

    Cross could have led to Eriksen opening the scoring, but he struggled to track Martinelli and inadvertently poked the ball into Saka's path to score.

    Raphael Varane (8/10):

    Caught out of position for Saka's goal, but an otherwise authoritative display in the heart of defence, which allowed United to soak up Arsenal pressure.

    Lisandro Martinez (8/10):

    Rescued Malacia when beaten in the box by Saka in the first half and typified another full-blooded display when chasing down a dangerous Jesus run.

    Tyrell Malacia (7/10):

    Caught out by Saka in the first half, but generally picked up good positions and worked to progress United up the pitch.

  • Bruno Fernandes Manchester United 2022-23

    Midfield

    Scott McTominay (8/10):

    Keeping Casemiro out of the team and deservedly so. Energy and positioning impressive as he cut out Arsenal attacks.

    Christian Eriksen (9/10):

    Use of the ball was excellent again and he played a key role all three of United's goals. Outstanding performance.

    Bruno Fernandes (9/10):

    His burst forward opened Arsenal up in the lead-up to Antony's opener, and then his precision pass created Rashford's first. All action display.

  • Marcus Rashford Manchester United 2022-23

    Attack

    Jadon Sancho (6/10):

    Sparked with moments of excitement in the first half, but United still need to see him get more involved.

    Marcus Rashford (9/10):

    He is definitely more effective on the left, as proven by his two goals when moved out wide. Continues to do a job in the middle - including setting up Antony's opener.

    Antony (8/10):

    If this is anything to go by, United fans are going to like their new Brazilian signing. Scored on his debut and also showed signs of his dizzying footwork.

  • Erik ten Hag Manchester United 2022-23

    Subs & Manager

    Cristiano Ronaldo (5/10):

    Was desperate to score, but looked as fit as he has this season - not very.

    Fred (6/10):

    Added real thrust to United as Arsenal tried to push forward.

    Harry Maguire (5/10):

    Getting back on the pitch will help his confidence.

    Casemiro (5/10):

    Helped steady midfield in the closing stages.

    Erik ten Hag (9/10):

    The resurgence continues and this felt like a big moment for United in the face of major pressure from Arsenal. Got his team right - and the decision to play Antony fully paid off.

    Switching Rashford the left was also inspired.