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Three things we learnt from Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Arsenal
The Peoples Person
Ralf Rangnick got his first glimpse of his Manchester United side as he watched from the stands as Michael Carrick completed his caretaker spell with a 3-2 win over Arsenal.
United took the lead not long after the break, Cristiano Ronaldo this time finishing a pinpoint cross from Marcus Rashford.
But their lead lasted just two minutes, as Martin Odegaard swept home a cross after yet more suspect defending from United’s shaky backline.
But the game was decided by United’s number seven, easily dispatching from the penalty spot after Fred was hacked down in the box.
Controversial first goal
The first goal of the game will remain perhaps the main talking point of the entire encounter and may just be the first such goal scored in the Premier League.
Unfortunately, the goal has to stand and there was very little Martin Atkinson could have done as he had not blown his whistle.
While it wouldn’t have been pleasant, it hardly seemed apt for De Gea to be rolling around on the floor while the ball was very much still in play.
Debate will turn to who was to blame and whether Arsenal should have let United walk one in, but under the circumstances perhaps they were well within their rights not to.
After a tough start, the England international now seems to have found his feet in the Premier League and is a real menace.
However, there seems to be some confusion over his role as he started this game on the left wing with Marcus Rashford (a natural left winger) starting on the right.
Sancho has started more games on the left for United than the opposite flank, while his versatility is obviously a positive, surely, he should be being played off his favoured right-hand side, where his long-term future likely lies.
Two in midfield
Michael Carrick’s first two games saw him utilise three central midfielders to great affect against Villarreal and Chelsea.
Reverting back to a 4-2-3-1 formation seemed to highlight a lot of issues that were prevalent under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and against a better side could have seen United punished.
It will be interesting to see how Rangnick looks to solve United’s clear deficiencies in the middle of the park, and who/if he will look to sign in January.