It was an entertaining encounter at Old Trafford on Thursday night.
While Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all won away on Wednesday to move further clear of the chasing pack at the top of the Premier League, the heavyweight clash of midweek, if you excuse the Merseyside Derby, came on Thursday as Manchester United took on Arsenal.
And while the two teams may be some way off those top three right now, the match lived up to its billing as a Premier League thriller with five goals and plenty of controversy.
Arsenal took the lead in the first half through one of the weirdest goals you’re likely to see.
A corner was note dealt with by United and with keeper David de Gea prone, Emile Smith Rowe volleyed into a seemingly empty net.
Referee Martin Atkinson did not blow his whistle and after consulting with VAR had no choice but to award the goal.
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker said: “Unusual and unfortunate, but there’s no question that the Arsenal goal was legitimate.”
Speaking on Amazon Prime, former referee Mark Clattenburg said: “Martin Atkinson has to give the goal here because what you see is Fred accidentally stamps on De Gea’s foot so therefore it isn’t a foul by an Arsenal player.
“He doesn’t blow the whistle so therefore he has to give the goal.”
Thereafter it was almost the Cristiano Ronaldo show.
After Bruno Fernandes equalised, Ronaldo fired home from inside the box – his 800th career goal, and then after Martin Odegaard equalised, the Norwegian then conceded a penalty that Ronaldo smashed home for goal 801 to secure a 3-2 win.
Lineker was quick to tweet about the phenomenon that is Ronaldo afterwards too.
He added: “Great from Dalot, superb from Rashford, clinical from Ronaldo, who scores his 800th career goal. Eight hundred. Utterly bonkers.”
He followed up be replying to a fan with: ” @ Cristiano is indisputably one of the greatest players in the history of the game. An absolute phenomenon.”
Source by Football London