Marcus Rashford hailed Manchester United’s ruthless counter-attacking display after he scored a second-half brace to inflict Arsenal’s first defeat of the Premier League season on Sunday.
Looking to win their opening six games of a top-flight campaign for the first time since 1947-48, Arsenal spent long periods on top at Old Trafford but ultimately fell to a 3-1 reverse courtesy of Rashford’s double and a debut goal from Antony.
Rashford has been involved in more Premier League goals against Arsenal than any other club (four goals, four assists) after being teed up by Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen to round off two devastating breaks.
Speaking to Sky Sports after United clinched a massive win over the early league leaders.
Rashford praised the Red Devils for biding their time to hurt a technically gifted Gunners side.
“It’s a massive game against Arsenal, and they’ve had such an excellent start to the season.
“So it was a big test for us today, and we showed up and stood up to the challenge.
“We can all be proud of ourselves today.
“It was tough; they’re a good team.
“We know their principles of play, and they’re very good at it.
“They’re an excellent possession-based team.
“It was a challenging game and was what we expected, so we had to be up for the challenge.
“I thought it was an even game. There were ample spaces in the first half, and we didn’t manage to exploit them.
“In the second half, we managed to exploit the spaces, which made the difference.
“We’ve got some great passers of the ball.
“And if we make four or five runs, we’ll get the ball.
“We might not get it the first couple of times, but we must keep going for 90 minutes, and it’s tough.
“We had to try to give them a possession in spaces where they couldn’t hurt us.
“They’re a dangerous team. But as you can see today, there were a couple of times where they got through the press, and they are electric when they get going.
“You only win these types of games when you’re a team.
“I think we’ve shown in the last few games, being 1-0 up, that we can see a game out.
“But we had to be more ruthless and get more goals.”
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