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United slaughter Arsenal 8-2 at Old Trafford, with Wayne Rooney scoring his 150th goal for the club…

Match Report – Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal

Competition: Barclays Premier League
Kick-Off & Date: 4pm, Sunday, 28th August 2011
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester (Home)
Attendance: 75,448

Manchester United piled the misery on Arsenal, as the reigning Premier League Champions slaughtered The Gunners by 8-2 at a packed Old Trafford on Sunday. Danny Welbeck, Luis Nani, Ji-Sung Park and Ashley Young (twice) all found themselves on the scoresheet, along with hat-trick hero Wayne Rooney. Theo Walcott and Robin Van Persie netted nothing but consolations as The Red Devils placed themselves on top of the Premier League table…

Sir Alex Ferguson put out an unchanged starting XI to that which capably saw off Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at home last Monday. David De Gea was given the gloves, with Patrice Evra captaining the side. Phil Jones partnered Jonny Evans, with Chris Smalling on the right. Luis Nani and Ashley Young started as wingers, with in-form midfielders Tom Cleverley and Oliveira Anderson supporting Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck in attack. 

The Reds started the better of the two sides, and it was what you would expect from an in-form United team. Welbeck posed a real threat to Wojciech Szczesny, while Rooney looked sharper than ever. It was taking the shape of a loosely-fought match, with Arsenal trying their own luck on as many occasions as possible. But on 22 minutes, a lofted ball from Anderson found Welbeck in the box, who headed into the goals from close range. What a start…
Danny done Wel: England striker opens the scoring on 22 minutes
Clash of the Ash: Young fires a stunner into the top corner on 28 mins after David De Gea saves penalty

Welbeck justified his place ahead of Javier Hernandez, but 5 minutes later The Gunners had the opportunity to equal the scoreline after Evans was harshly punished when he made contact with Theo Walcott inside the box. The Northern Irish defender was booked, but little did it matter as David De Gea saved Robin Van Persie’s penalty to his right. The Spanish goalkeeper is starting to make a name for himself at The Theatre Of Dreams. 

Minutes later and the drama continued to unfold, as Ash Young collected a poor Armand Traore header outside the box, and rifled home an absolute stunner of a goal into the top right corner on front of the Stretford End. De Gea made two excellent saves from Andrei Arshavin and Van Persie, before play was curtailed due to a hamstring injury to goalscorer Danny Welbeck. He received a standing ovation, as Chicharito came off the bench. 
Carl Jenkinson found himself lucky not to be sent-off by referee Howard Webb when he brought down Young outside the box, moments after Arshavin committed to an awful challenge on the same player. However, Rooney played a one-two with Young from the free-kick and the result was fatal: Wazza scoring his 150th goal for the club with a superb, curling effort. Roo had tried the same trick against Tottenham last week to no avail, but this time it worked. 
Wayne Rooney gets in on the act with an amazing free-kick on 41 minutes (his 150th goal for the club)
Theo Walcott gives Arsenal hope, scoring in the 3rd minute of first half stoppage time

Just before the half-time whistle, Walcott registered Arsene Wenger’s side their first 2011/2012 Premier League goal, but even at that stage the North Londoners had a mountain to climb, at 3-1 behind. Nani and Cleverley came close in the second half, and it was clear than The Gunners weren’t going to match United’s pace or skill, despite having an average age that matched that of The Reds. The order from Sir Alex was to get the job finished.

On 64 minutes, Rooney repeated his free-kick feat, again playing a one-two with ‘The Youngster’ before smashing a beauty of a shot into the far corner of the goals. Wayne now became the club’s all-time scorer in the Premier League (1992 – current format), and his colours were determined to add more daylight between the two title rivals. The capacity 75,000-plus supporters at Old Trafford were getting value for money, with more goals on the way.

From the back, United charged forward, releasing Rooney to dispatch a through ball to Nani – in the box – who audaciously chipped Szczesny for his third goal of the new season. That turned out to be his last involvement, as Ji-Sung Park entered the fray. The impressive Anderson also made way for Ryan Giggs. Cruising at this stage, United may well have shut up shop and held out for the 5-1 win, but that just isn’t the way our players are taught ! 
Rooney nets another irresistible free-kick on 64 minutes
Luis Nani thanks the heavens on 67 mins, chipping the goalkeeper

With half and hour to go, Young assisted Ji-Sung Park for another Manchester United goal. The South Korean – just minutes on the field – drilled a low shot into the right corner of the Arsenal goal with the goalie easily beaten. His customary goalscoring record against big teams continues, but at this rate Wenger’s faltering side can hardly be called a big team. They will seriously struggle for a ‘Top Four’ finish unless new faces are drafted in… 

That didn’t stop Van Persie from punishing The Champions for some slack marking, scoring from close range one-on-one with De Gea to restore a small piece of respectability to the 6-2 scoreline. Things only went downhill from there for Arsenal, as Jenkinson showed his sheer inexpedience when bundling Hernandez to the ground just outside the box. The ref could have brandished a straight red, but opted to show the defender his second yellow. 

Off Carl went, and United put The Emirates outfit under even more pressure, which became glaringly obvious when Walcott fouled Pat Evra inside the away team’s penalty area. Webb awarded the spot kick, which Rooney tucked away nicely to round-off an exquisite set piece hat-trick. The 25-year-old striker has now scored 5 goals in his last 3 games, all of which took place in the domestic league. You’d be inclined to think ‘that was that’ in the 82nd minute…
Walk in the Park: Ji-Sung’s strike 30 minutes from time can’t be stopped
Robin Van Persie scores a late consolation for The Gunners on 74 mins

Three minutes were added on at the end of the 90 minutes, and if United wanted to reach the summit of the Premier League on goal difference, then they had to score once more… Giggsy passed to Young – already oozing with confidence – who launched his second scintillating strike into the top right corner of the goals. 8-2 it finished, and boy were The Red Army happy. The day started out with an anti-Glazer protest, ending with a thrashing of Arsenal. 

It can be said that United played mesmerising football at times, but a large majority of the goals came from a shocking Arsenal backline. Our midfield has in the past been criticised, but The Gunners’ own central players were nowhere to be seen all day long. Next up it’s an International break, coming at a good time for Arsene Wenger and his board, and one which will see United remain at no.1 in the Barclays Premier League Title Race.

And that is why we’re Champions. 
Wazza completes his stunning hat-trick with an 81st minute penalty
Gr8: Young thanks Ryan Giggs for the assist to his stoppage time eye-catcher

United Team: David De Gea, Chris Smalling, Patrice Evra, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Oliveira Anderson (Ryan Giggs ’68), Ashley Young, Luis Nani (Ji-Sung Park ’68), Tom Cleverley, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck (Chicharito ’36).

Goals: Welbeck ’22, Young ’28, Rooney ’41, ’64 & ’82 (Penalty), Nani ’67, Park ’70, Young ’90+1
Bookings: Evans ’26, Young ’26

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Sun, 28 Aug 2011 6:00:36 pm

8 2 hahaha thats fukin sick we are united!!



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 6:00:54 pm

i think you will find it was 8-2



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 6:05:08 pm

8-2… What a result… What a performance… What a team display…
Whatever City can do, United can do better!! Glory Glory Man United!!



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 6:07:29 pm

hey 8-2 !



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 6:09:12 pm

Attack looks good.. not wanting to be a dampener, but in these two games, opposing teams have been given far too many chances to score. It’s a concern for the next match.



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 6:10:53 pm

hey kewee dont worry, thats a fact, teams have given lots of opportunities, but man utd have taken advantage of em… so lets enjoy this… Man Utd is on fire


Dave Fox

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 6:12:45 pm

Simply breathtaking….. A 21st century Babes?????



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 6:16:30 pm

Go to hell Arsenal haha !



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 6:18:14 pm

I wanna see us put down Barca and claim the Champions League Crown. It’s where we truly belong!


Jamali Mohamed Ali

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 6:20:00 pm

Guys, look at the league table on your right, the cellar dwellers. Am I seeing this right? Is that Arsenal at 17th?

That wasn’t just a mauling, they were ass raped..!!

At 2 goals down, they just simply gave up.

But kewee was right. After a few goals up, we didn’t really paid too much attention on defending. Those 2 goals could still have been prevented.

Are you watching this Citeh? Still think you chose the right club Nasri?



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 6:28:46 pm

Who needs wesley!!!! We don’t!! If arsenal had a full squad we still would win it!


mark mufc harrison

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 6:30:53 pm

absolutely brilliant win!!!!!
who the F*** are arsenal 😀
Dave Fox, You might just be right and we all hope you are!!!!!


BBQ Brian

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 6:34:15 pm

Fear for Arsenal, but still my pizza will taste good tonight



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 6:51:09 pm

Gr8 performance,Yo man shitty r u watchin?wot ever u can do we can do 10 times better



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 7:23:24 pm

What a game. City fans were gutted. That’s why we are Champions


Bill McNeal

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 7:24:28 pm

Beshoy Habib
Sun, 28 Aug 2011 2:44:55 am
Great report but I think Man utd. are going to thrash arsenal 6-0 Welbeck (3) , Nani, Young & Rooney(or Chicharito)

Terrible prediction! You ought to be ashamed!

On a serious note… EIGHT FUCKING TWO!!! My word, I thought Arsenal would be bad, but not THAT bad.

I don’t want to get carried away as Spurs and Arsenal were lacking players, but it’s really hard not to when you beat them both with a combined score of 11-2 with 6 days without Vidic, Ferdinand, Rafael, Fabio, Chicharito, Giggs, Carrick, Berbatov, and after the departures of Van Der Sar, Neville, Scholes, O’Shea and Brown.

9 points and a goal difference of +10, this is probably the greatest start to a league campaign in a very, very long time, if not ever.

28th August 2011 will go down in history as the day Manchester showed London who’s boss. 13-3.



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 7:25:28 pm

Five live commentators lived up to their usual biased comments against the Reds but we stuck it to them and City



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 7:29:18 pm

Where are the doom mongers now… the ones questioning the gaffer a few weeks ago for not signing Sneijder? Sir Alex has learned from Barcelona that spending big is not the way… BIG spenders Real Madrid are chasing shadows – the academy driven team they’re calling the best club side ever, Barca. Cleverly and Welbeck, and Morrison if he drops the scally gangster act, are our future… not 27 year old Dutch fellas. No disrespect to Wes, he’s a sublime player and I don’t doubt he’d drop right in to United’s first 11, but Sir Alex is doing the right thing, and when this young side start bringing the trophies in, and belive me they will, they’ll be worth far more than the ones Man City manage to BUY.



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 7:34:13 pm

I agree Fergie has a keen eye for talent. The young players are always hungrier and keen to please.



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 7:59:27 pm




Sun, 28 Aug 2011 10:10:48 pm

I added up the average age of our starting 11 and it was 21.6 yrs this team cud win everything for a long time to come and if u do manage to beat us you’ll deserve the title



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 11:03:29 pm

Dnt gt carid away wi wins against West Brom n 2weakend “top teams”..!!! Test wil cum against teams lyk Chelski n Shitty away but nt complaining ryt now. Stil fink Sneijder wud mek us evn mre dangerous goin 4wrd.

Shitty’s result is mre woryin 4me in how dey brushd aside a mre exprncd team on der own patch…I gess nly tym wil tel wot is 2bcum of d current Utd squad n team…



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 11:51:35 pm

Fergies Babes!!!! That’s all I can say on the matter! WOW ok two things lol



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 11:57:41 pm

saf god city fans today u will have to beat gooners by 6 clear goals to go top u won’t they said we did I said. lv utd



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:00:07 am

Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow yes that’s right 8 of em I would 8 2b an Arsenal fan it was just 8ofthis world!!



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:04:05 am

Zzz…fergie noes wah he doin pal if he fort he needed a mid lyk snijder he wuda got him by now but we doin good wud be good to have snijder bcoz he class but 35 mil we cud get a younger player that fergie cud work his magic on.. Roll on united 20th title dis season i think!!



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 6:44:21 am

Zzz. Type properly you balloon



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 8:58:06 am

Don’t get on the City/Chelsea bandwagon. Were not scared of them. We deserved Thst win. Maybe a weakened side but wasn’t ours????. No Vidic Rio Fabio errr Hello



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 9:25:24 am

I agree if you comment on this site sound like you have a brain please.



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:35:05 am

rest in peace dear gunners united are simply invincible.



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:28:37 am

Zzz – i understand your concerns with regards to playing the likes of Chelsea & Shitty away from home with their midfield, as compared to the Utd CM MF pairing. I agree both Spurs & Arse were weak in midfield, hence the need to play Ando & Clerverley again – but against the likes of Toure, Silva, Nasri, it might be difficult for Fergie to play Ando AND Clerverley. Take the West Brom game as an example, the 2nd half our MF was poor and that is against non-world class players..!!
Fergie recently stated his case with regards to Pogba, which is fair enough, but have the no-it-alls, like ‘Kim, Stu & Mikeyy’ realised that Fergie has NOT even given Pogba a squad number for this year..!!!??!!
‘Kim, Stu, Mikeyy’ – you guys honestly think that the current CM MF pairing will worry the likes of Barca in Europe, they are simply not good enough to compete with Cesc, Xavi, Iniesta or even, Alonso, Ozil, Ceontrato (?). Fergie is making do with what we have as both the Nasri & Sneijder deals failed to materialise, as, if Utd did not NEED these type of players – then why speak to them with regards to a move?? We are without question short of a world class creative MF player, and have been for a couple years – that is the point ‘Kim, Stu, Mikeyy’ and anyone else has failed to see when reading Zzz’s comments..!!!!



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:32:13 am

No-one here is saying Utd are not good enough, defensively & attacking no problems, BUT the CM MF is a concern which Fergie failed to resolve accordingly..!!

Shitty’s win just proves the point in case, their MF simply outclassed the more experienced Spurs team, compared to the MF Utd played against. Games are normally won and lost in MF and this is where Utd could struggle against BETTER opponents in the league and europe…



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:36:05 am

By the way ‘Kim’, don’t you mean Rafael & NOT Fabio – as you’ll find Rafael has the shoulder injury & NOT Fabio, he was on the bench yesterday..!! Joke, can’t even name the 2/3 injured players we have, compared to Arse’s 8 1st team players missing yesterday!! Oh, Rio was NOT injured, he was on bench as Fergie chose not to play him.

‘Kim’ think you might need a brain to comment on this site too….


True Red

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 1:10:06 pm

Arsenal Fans Would 8-2 be Arsenal Fans Right Now ! LMAO !


M Utd 4 Life

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 2:27:25 pm

8 Goals From 5 Great Players



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 3:27:54 pm

See that ‘Kim’ and all the other know-it-alls have gone quiet all of a sudden. Idiots….


Bill McNeal

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 4:21:32 pm

Xxx – Carrick, Fabio, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Fletcher, Berbatov, Valencia, Gibson. None of these played yesterday.

Giggs and Park were second half substitutes only. Chicharito was only played as one of our first choice strikers so far this season pulled his hammy.

That’s 12.

Just 5 of the players from the FA Cup game against Arsenal last season played yesterday. 2 of them were substitutes.

After the summer departures of Scholes, Van Der Sar, Neville, O’Shea, and Brown, we didn’t play 17 of last season’s first team squad yesterday from the start. Count them. SEVENTEEN.



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 5:03:19 pm

Bill – that’s got nothing to do with the FIRST issue surrounding the inept CF MF Utd are currently plying their trade with..!!

How stupid are you by including the players Fergie SOLD as part of the players missing yesterday.! They got sold for a reason, do the math! Scholes was hardly playing regular football last term, same goes for Neville.

Also, the players Fergie decided NOT to play would not necessarily mean yesterday’s team would have been stronger, bar Rio for Evans. AGAIN, let me reiterate, Utd ARE a good team BUT the CM is the only concern MANY Utd fans have.



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 5:24:24 pm

Firstly I have a brain thanks. It always comes back to Barca. This is the only team we haven’t beat in recent years and everyone uses it as a battering stick for United. We don’t have to prove anything this year our past achievements speak volumes. So get over Barca now and concentrate on this season.



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 5:24:59 pm

so i guess there won’t be anymore signings?



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 5:29:48 pm

Who would they sign that could make the difference



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 5:30:53 pm

‘Kim’, if you had a brain, you would not have made the basic error of NOT realising who was on the bench yesterday..!! Utd do NOT look to the PAST, and always look to the future – thats why Fergie keeps referring to the future Utd team.

Again, if you had a brain, you would understand that Barca ARE the team to catch and Utd need to compete with the likes of Barca to win the European Cup, more than our HISTORY suggests!!! Honestly some fans do not engage BRAIN before typing their ridiculous responses to previous comments.

‘Kim’, you were the one who said to Zzz to have some brains before posting a comment, please practice what you are attempting to preach….



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 5:42:40 pm

Well, give the CM combination of Cleverley and Anderson sometime. They look very promising…and with Ashley and Nani on the Wings..quite devastating.



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 5:53:14 pm

Glad the remarks prompted some spark. I am aware United have to be as good as Barca, if not better. My point is that the only comments ever brought up when United do well are ” Well your not as good as Barca”. In relation to signings do you not think Fergie would have signed someone if he thought they were worth signing or could make a difference.



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 5:55:29 pm

‘Kim’, Utd DID try to buy someone for the CM role, namely, Nasri & Sneijder BUT failed to land either target.



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 6:00:21 pm

I feel Sneijder or Nasri were never meant to come to United. Nasri sold his sole to the Devil. Sneijder played the I’m bigger than the Club card and wanted too much money.



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 6:05:11 pm

‘Kim’, fair enough but the fact of the matter is that Fergie realises what is missing and is now making do with what we already have at the club, as the required player was not able to be signed for Utd.



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 6:12:26 pm

Xxx Did we nearly agree on something then. Yes fair comment too. Let’s hope Sneijder signs before Wednesday Ha Ha



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 6:16:58 pm

‘Kim’, Sneijder admitted holding ‘talks’ with Utd but a Utd bid never materialised. And by all accounts, same scenario played out with Nasri with Utd not tabling a bid with Arse for him whilst we were in America on pre-season, hence Shitty getting involved.

On the subject, have you reaslised how Shitty don’t have scouts, or shouldn’t be paying them, as they have involved themselves in EVERY Utd target this summer, from Jones, Young, Sanchez, Nasri, and Sneijder..!!! WTF…



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 6:25:59 pm

Sure have. They trust the judgement of Fergie, as we do with the Sneijder Scenario.



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 6:52:37 pm

Xxx…is no one entitled to a opinion apart from you callin us know it alls n idiots hu da fuk are you…i put my opinion down just like you and everyone els on here i dont fink i no it alm atall i think insted ov spendin 35 mil we shud let our young players come thru and show what they got now dus tha cum across like i no it all u cleerley got a big mouth ova the internet ya keyboard warrior..were good enuf to win the prem I THINK and our younger players will make progress yes snijder wud be a massive boost for our mid which against the best teams we will get outplayed in cm but there young and i think 1 day will be world class


Bill McNeal

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 8:24:06 pm

Xxx – The midfield is not inept. Get a clue.

I wasn’t even countering any point on a centre midfield “issue”. I was easily countering your claim that Arsenal had 8 players missing by saying we had 17 missing that we had available last season. SEVENTEEN.

Use your own advice and get a brain.



Mon, 29 Aug 2011 8:42:21 pm

Mikeyy chill matey. Were all on the same side and support the same team. We have no choice but to let the young players lead the way. Think if we had the choice we would go get Sneijder.


Red devil

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:10:06 pm

Key board warrior…… That’s the best line I’ve heard in ages lol…… Wow you’ve made my day lol



Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:14:24 am

Fuk I wud 8 2 b an arsenal supporter!!



Tue, 30 Aug 2011 8:27:17 am

Kim ino wah u meen mate but wen ya try put ya own opinion on fings n ya get ppl sayin all ov yas av got no brain n ya fink ya no it all n dat it dus ya ed in thers no need for it pal



Tue, 30 Aug 2011 4:01:02 pm

@Kim wilshere more than held his own against Xavi and iniesta last season. I’ve immerse confidence in cleverly and Anderson holding their own against barca.. Carrick and giggs can’t be considered first choice centre mid now can they. Real were thrashed by barca even with the likes of VDV and sneijder in the team. Holland were also outclassed by Spain in the world cup with the bulk of the team from barca, minus the ineffective Torres and plus a world player of the year Messi and the golden gloves casillas. Sneijder is not THE answer to beating barca.



Tue, 30 Aug 2011 4:13:17 pm

@xxx I mean



Tue, 30 Aug 2011 5:34:55 pm

Mikeyy We can all have an opinion here. If The Keyboard Warrior doesn’t like it he can always then tough .



Tue, 30 Aug 2011 7:38:22 pm

If I hear the word Baca again I swear I will scream. No team is unbeatable on the night. I think United can certainly rise to the challenge this season. Yes our Centre Midfield is a little dodgy. As a team we will relish the fight. So instead of wasting our time saying what might be. Let’s get some positivity and say it’s our turn again for Europe. Please someone agree with me.


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