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Unstoppable United Run Rampant Over Abject Arsenal

Well, let’s get one thing out of the way first and foremost: I’m terrible at making predictions. Absolutely terrible. But there are times when it’s nice to be wrong, and today is one of those days. You could break out the thesaurus and use up every synonym for ‘amazing’, and you’d still feel like it doesn’t adequately describe United’s attacking performance today. At the same time, you could use that same thesaurus to find every synonym for ‘terrible’, and it would come up short of a proper description for how woeful Arsenal were.

Combine the two, and you end up with one of the most merciless attacking performances from United in recent history, an embarrassing day for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, and a warning message to any and all that Manchester United mean serious business this season.

A wealth of time could be devoted to discussing the action, individual performances, specific moments, but where do you start?

Here’s where. 27th minute, Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal. Robin van Persie steps up with a chance to level the match from the spot. Just minutes earlier, United had taken the lead, and a deserved one at that. Now, Arsenal had a chance to hit back in short order, silence a rocking Old Trafford, and receive a confidence and momentum boost that could have turned the game on its head.

When it comes to penalties, you expect the worst and hope for the best.

Well, to take the suspense out of it for those who might not have caught the action, of Arsenal’s two goals, the first was not scored by Robin van Persie.

Had Van Persie converted his spot kick, it may well not have altered the end result, but who knows? At the very least, United may have had more of a battle on their hands.

But De Gea’s save not only kept the momentum firmly on United’s side, but it kick-started the defining sequence of the match. Before Arsenal had time to process missing what was perhaps their best opportunity to make a game of it, it was 2-0, by virtue of Ashley Young scoring a cracker of a goal that would be classed as brilliant on any other day but was all but par for the course on this one.

In terms of individual performances, yes, where do you start?

There are some who no doubt still bear ill feelings towards Wayne Rooney for what transpired last October, but whatever your personal opinion of the man, his face, his hair, his personal life, or where he’s from, there’s no denying his skills on the pitch and his importance to United’s ambitions.

And after finishing last season in a rich vein of form, Rooney’s hit the ground running like a man possessed from the start of this season. After scoring four goals in United’s preseason tour of the U.S., Rooney made it five in three Premier League games and 152 in his Manchester United career with his hat-trick against the Gunners.

The hat-trick hero always gets the man of the match award and the match ball, but Young had a fine argument for the plaudits. He didn’t get credit for the heavily deflected winner at West Brom, but he certainly opened his United account in style with a couple of goals that will make defenders think twice about allowing him even an inch of space within sight of goal. Statistics don’t always tell the entire story, but his two goals and three assists are a perfect indicator of why he was signed this summer.

De Gea will be remembered for his clutch penalty save, but it was only his most significant save, not his most eye-catching one. He did let Walcott’s goal go right through the wickets, but he more than up for it with multiple stops that prevented Arsenal from ever seriously threatening United’s stranglehold on the three points. For those who about the youngster’s confidence, confidence is the last thing that he lacks.

And it’d be a downright oversight to fail to mention Danny Welbeck. After providing the opener, he was forced to exit late in the first half after pulling up with a hamstring injury, so he didn’t get to fully take part in the festivities.

A comfortable win was nothing less than should have been expected, with United fielding a lineup filled with attacking ability against a severely weakened and inexperienced Arsenal defense. But what transpired was far, far beyond what anyone could have expected or imagined, and to say that it could and perhaps should have been an even more comprehensive scoreline would be an accurate statement.

The win was United’s fourth straight home win over Arsenal and takes their home unbeaten streak over Arsenal to seven games, and United are now 9-1-2 in the last dozen meetings between the two sides. And while United are now top ahead of City on goal difference, Arsenal find themselves 17th heading into the international break, with a lone point from their three opening fixtures.

As if the above paragraph and the six-goal margin of victory aren’t telling enough, the obvious and vast difference in quality between a reloaded United side and what Arsenal are currently calling a team makes it feel like the days when these two were unquestionably the Premier League’s two best teams, battling it out for the title on a yearly basis, were a millenium ago. To ask ‘shouldn’t rivalry matches be competitive?’ shouldn’t be construed as rubbing it in, because there’s something to be said for putting your best up against someone else’s best, fighting tooth and nail, and coming out on top.

But that by no means takes away from the result and the performance. United head into the international break having successfully navigated the first stretch of their tough opening stretch, and considering the penchant for slow starts and fast finishes, it should be an alarming thought for the rest of the Premier League if United are still playing in first gear.

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. despicable

    August 29, 2011 at 7:49 am

    One of my friend tweeted:

    Sometimes I think that SAF had Inception performed on Arsene Wenger… Planting the idea that Arsenal shouldn’t buy in the market.

    If fact if u think… Fergie re-enforces his inception by supporting him each time.. πŸ™„ πŸ™„
    😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈

    Could he have done that? Surely he will know many people.. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • Grognard

      August 29, 2011 at 9:27 am

      He used the force. It went something like this;

      Sir Alex: Arsene, these aren’t the players you are looking for.

      Arsene: These are not the players I am looking for.

      Sir Alex: Instead, play these useless droids.

      Arsene: I think I will play these useless droids instead.

      Sir Alex: You find silverware and winning redundant and boring.

      Arsene: Winning silverware is redundant and boring.

      Sir Alex: From now on you will be my bitch. Service me.

      Arsene: Wait, I’ll get my official Arsenal knee pads.

  2. Stretty Dave

    August 29, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I just hope some of the many “reds” badmouthing Ashley Young during the transfer rumours we were getting him & after we signed him are reading this. I could not believe the negative bullshit opinions being thrown out – eat your words boys because that guy is brilliant..

  3. RedDevilEddy

    August 29, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Well written piece mate, I echo your thoughts about United! πŸ˜€ Simply amazing, and although this was a weakened Arsenal team we weren’t at our best either. We are missing key players, and just as Arsenal have Vermaelen out at least they had Koscielny who is a regular. We were without both out main defenders… Scary to think of what this team will achieve when we reach our hights this season, not only because we are a young team but because United are “slow starters”. When was the last time we won all our three opening games? And when was the last time we scored 13 goals before October, never mind September?!?! I remember in our double winning season of 2007/08, where we lost 1 and drew 2 of our three opening games, and didn’t reach 10 goals until we thrashed 4 past Wigan in October. I’ve said before that I think this is the best team Fergie has ever had, at least the most complete squad. In my opinion the 1999 team was short of adequate defenders and backup for Keane and Scholes, and in our 2008 team we struggled whenever Rio or Vida was out, and with Saha out for almost half the season we could only rely on Tevez and Rooney! Fucks sake, Dong was backupstriker for a while πŸ˜†

    But what have we got now? In 2008 our backup for Rio and Vidic was a very young Pique and an unproven Cathcart. If Brown got injured Hargo was used their, and if not him Sheasy. We were lucky that neither Tevez nor Rooney had a long spell on the sidelines that season, because we were majorly fucked then. Tevez stayed injury free the whole season, while Rooney had some niggling injuries at both the start and end of the season where he missed a few games. This forced Saha to be our main striker at the start of the campaign, and eventually we taught Tevez how to play as a lone striker. Today we have an experienced Evans and a World-Class Jones as backup to the best defensive partnership in Europe, with great backup on both full-backs where we can deploy two out of Rafael, Fabio, Smalling and Evra. Not too shabby! Even Lindegaard is a better backup than Foster or Kudzczack, thankfully! Our midfield may not be as solid as it was then, but with Anderson now having improved and become a better player since then, and Cleverley being a more “young and attacking-minded” replacement for Paul Scholes can we now say our midfield is better than it was back then? Of course we had an amazing Hargreaves who almost carried us on his own, but other than that I found our midfield quite weak that season. Anderson faded off from March an onwards, while Carrick and Scholes went through the whole season anonymous at best. Fletch was gone for about 6 months! Is an Anderson-Cleverley partnership with this strength better than having Hargreaves on the pitch? I don’t know, but we’ll find out. Having the likes of Giggs, Carrick, Fletch and Pogba as backup is for me what makes our midfield stronger than what it was back then.

    Then to our wingers! Well, we had Ronny who was back then the best player in the world. But then we also had a Park who didn’t feature until February, an old Giggs who didn’t do anything noteworthy until the last two games by scoring a penalty and the goal that won us the title ( πŸ˜› ), and we had a Nani who was far more frustarting an inconsistent than the one we see today. Yes, it actually is possible! But look at us now! In Young we have gotten everything, if not more than we could ask of. For me he was our signing this summer, adding width to our left had side and making us a more formidable force. 2 goals and 6 assists in just 4 games is impressive to say the least! Then we have Nani, who carried our team on his shoulders last season, an always-improving Valencia and a Ji-Sung Park who has become one of the best players in our team whenever he plays these days. Creativity, crossing, skill, pace, workrate…. even deadly finishing as we saw yesterday, with all our wingers getting on the scoresheet! :mrgreen: Do we lack anything there? NO! Then up front we can just say “take you pick”, with Hernandez, Rooney, Welbeck, Berbatov and even Owen all being more than good enough to lead the strikeforce. Honestly, this is probably the best attack United has ever had! If not only in a certain quantity, but possibly quality as well.

    And don’t forget the way we play! The way we have played so far this season is the best I’ve seen United ever played! Even surpassing the 2007, 2008, 2000 and 1999 generations. 😯 I know it’s still early days, but having set up this playing style from pre-season it looks like we will be seeing a LOT MORE from where this came from. And against ARsenal we actually managed to do it for 90 minutes! FUCK YEAH! This year is gonna be good, really looking forward to it!

    • RedDevilEddy

      August 29, 2011 at 9:21 am

      Which now brings me on to Wayne Rooney. I’ve said this is our most potent strikeforce for years, but is Wayne Rooney now better than the Cristiano Ronaldo we had in his hey-days? In my opinion… Yes. Well, he may not be a better footballer, but as a member to this Manchester United team he is more important and complete than what Ronny ever was.

      What the fuck does he lack? Now that he has added some hair to his rug, he looks like the complete footballer. Ronaldo may have the freestyling tricks and the pace which makes your jaw drop and your tongue lick the floor, but he never had the engine, nor the passing/vision, nor the strength of Wayne Rooney. Our Wazza is no longer a striker, but as people would say it a “free-role” player. Or some may say a centre forward. Some may even call him our attacking midfielder! Thing is… He is fucking everywhere!!! But he is wherever he needs to be. He doesn’t defend when we attack, or run out of steam because we need him defensivly. How many fucking times did we see him defending around our area yesterday, just for him to pop up and create havoc for the Arsenal defence just some second later. His stamina and fitness has improved, and the way he dictates our play is just incredible to watch. He is like our third midfielder, second striker, and fifth defender all rolled into one! My God Wayne, you really have stolen food from Ji’s cabinet haven’t you???!

      He may not have scored from open play yesterday, but the way he played the game was like watching Scholes, Cantona, Keane and Becks all rolled into one. It’s a real shame his chip went off the woodwork, because that would have been a really memorable goal! 😈 His passes were both Scholes-esque, hitting them from our own half into open space for Young, Nani, Evra and Smalling to chase, or Cantona-like, either with a chip, a lob, or the outside of the foot between the oppositions legs which led to the Nani goal. His free kicks reminded me of Becks in his prime, while his work-rate and passion for the game is like watching Keane when he was up against Patrick Diarreah. I love watching the lad, and he seems to have picked up a similar understanding to Welbeck as he has to Hernandez, so I can see him having his best season this year by a mile! Many times have I said that the Wayne Rooney who scored 34 goals in 2010 wasn’t as good as the Wayne Rooney I saw in 2006, and hopefully we will now see a short-haired Scouse who plays like a matured and improved 2006-Wazza and lead us to glory in every competition playing the United way. πŸ˜€

      • Craig Mc

        August 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm

        And then Eddi you wake up from your Roney dreamin eh? πŸ˜†

        • RedDevilEddy

          August 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm

          I hope I never do! πŸ˜€

      • Nikos

        August 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

        You said a little word there. It’s UNDERSTANDING. That’s what Rooney is capable of , understanding all the teammates. He is a fcking shadow striker not a No.9 !!! That’s what I always said. So, I will add some copy-pastes by my comments cause they match your comment.

        Rooney seems to be restless. The way the fans treated him was not fair. He β€˜s always trying to bring the ball forward he is in constant movement and that’s why he made bad decisions and/or bad executions. If you play football regullarly you do know that. When you are tired you can’t kick the ball as good as you do when you are not tired.

        So, Rooney is back!!! This is a lighter version of Rooney that Manchester owed to us since the 2007 season where we used Rooney as a No.9 (striker). He gained weight that season so as to be able to play as a striker. Now that he is a little bit more skinny… well, ROONEY IS BACK!!! Tireles attacking machine. Watch out for the axe-tackles boy!

        One more thing about him. Since Ronaldo period I was like β€œLET FUCKING WAYNE HIT THIS FREE KICK!!!” . I always knew he is a far better kicker of the ball. Ronaldo used to kick the ball very hard (he cannot even cross the ball) but Rooney is another case. Him and Ashley Young will be a great threat for the oponnents. (I loved it in his second free kick where he came out as a winner in the mind game… though it was Szcz?sny)

        I love the way Young and Rooney kick the ball. English way. Great technique πŸ™‚

      • Grognard

        August 29, 2011 at 7:24 pm

        Well said Eddy. Hell he almost scored from with fifteen yards of his own end and also hit a sublime chip from 20 yards that hit the post. For me that was his best play despite he never scored. Restless my coddling. He was fantastic and world class and for somebody to still be finding flaws and faults in him is just comical bordering on ridiculous, don’t you think?

    • Grognard

      August 29, 2011 at 9:30 am

      I’m glad your happy and confident mate but before you declare them our best attack ever, keep in mind it’s only three games. Me thinks you are jumping the gun a bit.

      • RedDevilEddy

        August 29, 2011 at 9:34 am

        I am just echoing my thoughts before the season even started mate, it’s just that now that I’ve got something VALID to back them up on I think I should mention it again! πŸ˜† Besides, new thread, and with this being just after a 8-2 battering of Le Arse I may get some more readers and they may remember this come the end of the season. πŸ™‚ Hope you will as well mate, cause then you will have to owe me ONE FUCKING BIG apology concerning Anderson and you rediculing me for standing by him for 4 years! πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

        Or I may just end up depressed and looking like a fool. But we are two opposities mate, where you will rather be pessimistic and turn out wrong, I’ll rather be optimistic and things turn out right! :mrgreen: To the Premier League and beyond!

        • Stephen

          August 29, 2011 at 10:17 am

          πŸ˜† πŸ˜† I do love your obsessive love for the silly haired Brazilian πŸ˜† πŸ˜† Good for you but mate, but I am sorry he was not MOM yesterday, but he is certainly getting better. He bossed Ramsey yesterday which for me has always been a very weak part of his game, oh he also is great on Rooney’s freekicks, especially in the wall. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

        • RedDevilEddy

          August 29, 2011 at 10:21 am

          He should have gained an assist for that! πŸ˜† πŸ˜† This speaks for itself

        • Stephen

          August 29, 2011 at 10:55 am

          πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

        • Grognard

          August 29, 2011 at 7:21 pm

          Anderson still has a lot of work to do to completely win me over so consider that apology lost in the mail for now. I am happy he is doing well but cannot help myself but fantasize about somebody like Rodwell taking his place. In the end however, his job will probably be threatened by Pogba, not Rodwell.

  4. RedDevilEddy

    August 29, 2011 at 9:09 am

    By the way, I though Robin Van Persie scored their second goal? 😐

  5. RedDevilEddy

    August 29, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Where the fuck were these free kicks last season!? πŸ‘Ώ Oh well, glad they work these days! If Young continues to be the one who stops it for Wazza, he may well get over 20 asssists this season and do a lot of good to my fantasy team! πŸ˜†

    Hope it’s possible to do this free-kick variant on FIFA 12…

  6. RedDevilEddy

    August 29, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Ole Gunnar Solskjær speaking after Molde beat Aalesund 3-1 yesterday

    We knew it was 3-1 at halftime, but later on we got updates to our dressing room. An 8-2 victory is good. But I remember one time when we won 8-1

    said SolskjΓ¦r with a cheeky grin, remembering the day in which he put 4 goals past the Nottingham Forest keeper in less than 10 minutes. πŸ™‚ 2OLEgend

  7. RedDevilEddy

    August 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    What happend to the reply feature??

  8. Nikos

    August 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Some thoughts after the game.

    1. Rooney seems to be restless. The way the fans treated him was not fair. He ‘s always trying to bring the ball forward he is in constant movement and that’s why he made bad decisions and/or bad executions. If you play football regyllarly you do know that. When you are tired you can’t kick the ball as good as you do when you are not tired.

    So, Rooney is back!!! This is a lighter version of Rooney that Manchester owed to us since the 2007 season where we used Rooney as a No.9 (striker). He gained weight that season so as to be able to play as a striker. Now that he is a little bit more skinny… well, ROONEY IS BACK!!! Tireles attacking machine. Watch out for the axe-tackles boy!

    2. One more thing about him. Since Ronaldo period I was like “LET FUCKING WAYNE HIT THIS FREE KICK!!!” . I always knew he is a far better kicker of the ball. Ronaldo used to kick the ball very hard (he cannot even cross the ball) but Rooney is another case. Him and Ashley Young will be a great threat for the oponnents. (I loved it in his second free kick where he came out as a winner in the mind game… though it was Szcz?sny)

    I love the way Young and Rooney kick the ball. English way. Great technique πŸ™‚

    3. Poor Arsenal. It was not that funny in the end. I mean look at them! Djourou and Koscielny? PLUS Szcz?sny??? This is fcking nightmare!!!

    4. I like Ramsey but he is never gonna be the same player. Wilshire looks better than him now. I remember a game between Arsenal and… well I cannot remember so well. It was Wilshire, Vela and Ramsey in the starting eleven. It was great to watch them. Much fun. Where the fuck is the outcome of this build-up??? It’s sad.

    5. Shitty not look so Shitty. Great football, but in the end it will be United, cause it’s just … UNITED. You know.

    6. I also like the way they find each other but it should be fair if I say that Young relies on Rooney. He trusts him so much! Come on! There are more lads around you.

    In the ohter hand it’s great to see the one taking the other from the hand and lead him to a better performance. When Ashley looks good Rooney looks good and vice versa.

    7. When Anderson is free outsied thea area… oh my !!! Thank you lord.

    8. I will never watch Arsenal when Djourou,Szcz?sny and Koscielny are in the starting eleven. I will never watch Arsenal when Djourou,Szcz?sny and Koscielny are in the starting eleven. I will never watch Arsenal when Djourou,Szcz?sny and Koscielny are in the starting eleven. I will never watch Arsenal when Djourou,Szcz?sny and Koscielny are in the starting eleven. I will never watch Arsenal when Djourou,Szcz?sny and Koscielny are in the starting eleven.

    9. 8 goals, 5 of them in the second half when Hernandez played and no Chicha in the scoresheet!!!

    I mean, how many goals are we going to score thie season?

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