Living up to the hype and the expectations, Arsenal vs Manchester United certainly proved to be one of the most exciting games of the season. Controversies, drama, goal-fest, iconic celebrations, the game had it all. Continuing their trend of having brilliant starts, Arsenal scored the opener in what turned out to be one of the most controversial decisions of the season so far. Manchester United’s David De Gea was down injured after teammate Fred stepped on the shot stopper’s toe. Arsenal meanwhile continued anyway and went on to score as Emile Smith Rowe thrashed one volley past the net.
After much discussion and reviewing of VAR, the goal stood in Arsenal’s favour. United equalized at the brink of halftime as Bruno Fernandes netted his 100th goal for the Red Devils. The start of the second half belonged to Manchester United as Cristiano Ronaldo tapped one goal in as Old Trafford danced with joy. But the celebrations did not last long as Martin Odegaard instantly replied with an equalizer.
Manchester United were looking dangerous on-the-counter attacks and a silly mistake from Odegaard led them to a penalty, just what they needed to gain a lead over the Gunners. A fierce penalty straight down the ground from Ronaldo gave the Red Devils the lead as the 36-year-old scored his 801st goal.
Poor finishing from the attackers certainly led Arsenal down in this crucial game. A win at Old Trafford could’ve seen the Gunners go 4th in the PL standings, but it just wasn’t meant to be today. This disappointing performance left Arsenal fans shocked on Twitter as at least a draw was expected from this match. Mikel Arteta’s men will now travel away to Goodison Park on Sunday and will be hoping to attain a win there.
We look at how Twitter reacted as Arsenal failed to keep up with Manchester United at Old Trafford:
I don’t think people realize how abnormal this is, Zidane was retired by 35, Ronaldinho was at Flamengo by 34, Iniesta at Vissel Kobe by 34 and Messi in UberEats by 34.
Toughest league in the world at 36 years of age, Take a bow everyone, Cristiano Ronaldo. 🐐 pic.twitter.com/Q3088vnLBAAdvertisement
— Hass™ (@GoatCF) December 2, 2021
That’s a game we absolutely should not have lost, but threw it away with poor defending and stupidity at key points.
Had some good moments but didn’t make the most of them.
Easy to see where we went wrong, but doesn’t make it any easier to take.Advertisement
— arseblog (@arseblog) December 2, 2021
Not sure what the cause for the tendency to sit back after scoring is but it has to stop now. Whether it's an instruction, nerves, pressure or whatever. Arteta has to get to the bottom of it and sort it out. We have the quality to sustain pressure in games like tonight.Advertisement
— evan 》 (@afcevan) December 2, 2021
Michael Carrick will leave Manchester United after spending 15 years as a player and coach at the club. His time as caretaker:Advertisement
▪️ Won at Villarreal to secure round-of-16 place in UCL
▪️ 1-1 draw against league-leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
▪️ Beat rivals Arsenal 3-2 at home pic.twitter.com/cFWdotK7Sl
— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 2, 2021
Matchweek 14, you were quite something 🔥 pic.twitter.com/snwl2wEers
— Premier League (@premierleague) December 2, 2021
Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in 79 goals in his 100 competitive appearances for Manchester United:
◉ 45 goals
◉ 34 assists
Incredible numbers. 🔢 pic.twitter.com/TUNXOFeEqQAdvertisement
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 2, 2021
When is Arteta gonna tell the team to stop dropping and playing so deep after scoring? Same thing over and over again.Advertisement
— Umar™ 🇵🇰 (@datguyumar) December 2, 2021
I’m sorry there were EIGHTEEN (18) shots on target that game!?!Advertisement
Surely that has to be some record..?
— James. (@afcjxmes) December 2, 2021