The big Man United and Arsenal game last night has turned into something of a personal statement from Christiano Ronaldo. Above all, the second half was a feast for the eyes of Ronaldo fans.
It was his first game after the Ballon D’or ceremony. Moreover, it was the first time since 2007 that Ronaldo was not in the spotlight of the Ballon D’or. A huge controversy over whether Messi deserves the Ballon d’Or is also ongoing. In such a situation, a heroic performance by this Portuguese superstar is something very special for his fans.
Arsenal came to Old Trafford on Thursday, December 2, 2021, hoping to repeat their performance from last season, when they won a 1-0 victory over Manchester United.
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In last night’s game, Arsenal dominated early on, but United played patiently throughout the game and eventually clinched the valuable three points from the gunners. The scoresheet was Manchester United 3 – 2 Arsenal when the referee whistled. Ronaldo scored the 800th and 801st goals of his career in this game.
In the 12th minute, Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey took a big hit and Fred came quickly to get it back. He kicked the ball for Ronaldo whose shot went past the edge of the box. It was United’s first scoring opportunity in the game.
In the next minute, Arsenal’s Smith Rowe scored his team’s first goal. David De Gea (United goalkeeper) was injured at the goal line after being hit by the legs of teammate Fred following a corner kick from Arsenal. Smith Rowe took the opportunity and fired a shot in the net. Referee Martin Atkinson did not whistle all the way to the goal so the goal was maintained because it was Fred who fouled his teammate
In the last minute of the first half, Bruno Fernandes equalized, following a good combination from Jadon Sancho and Fred.
Ronaldo scored United’s second goal early in the second half. It was Marcus Rushford who assisted the goal for him. Three minutes later, Martin Odegard scored for Arsenal. The score was tied again. Manchester United needed something special to win the game in the dying minutes of the second half. It was Ronaldo again. A special player stood up on a special occasion and scored the final goal. These were three crucial points for Manchester United who are now relegated to seventh position in the table.
In the 5-goal thriller, there was so much for both teams to learn. Manchester United mostly depend on their attack these days. They need to find a solid defensive setup. David De Gea is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He’s saved so many shots at crucial points in the game this season, but he needs a few solid defensive players in front of him. United have to determine the position of Victor Lindelof and Alex Telles if they are to perform better this season.
Arsenal are currently in fifth place in the table, which is better than expected before the start of this season. They have only lost to Liverpool and Manchester United this season. Arsenal need to find ways to perform better against the best teams in the league. The performance of Aubameyang, the captain, has been disappointing lately. He has only scored 4 goals in 13 games this season. Arsenal will face Everton and Southampton in the coming weeks. These games are relatively easy, but they must discover their strength in an advanced position.
Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager, said in the post-match press conference: “We deserved more than we got. I’m disappointed with the way we conceded some goals. We had very good times, we got back into the game, but then we lost it. “
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes said: “Today we had a great victory but we cannot stop there and be happy. The next game is coming quickly so we have to keep our heads straight and be ready for that one. ”Asked about Ronaldo’s performance, he said:“ He’s proving game after game, year after year, that he wants to be the best and that’s what he did. doesn’t need anyone to motivate him, he knows how to do it and how to keep scoring goals.