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Premier League: Arsenal leave Manchester United’s top-four hopes in tatters

Premier League: Arsenal leave Manchester United's top-four hopes in tatters

Manchester United slumped to another defeat in the Premier League on Saturday with Arsenal the latest side to puncture their hopes of finishing in the top-four. 

Arsenal only needed three minutes to score the opening goal through Nuno Tavares. The Portuguese full-back was left unmarked to tap home David De Gea’s save from Bukayo Saka’s curling effort.

Things went from bad to worse as Alex Telles brought down Saka in the box for a penalty. Before VAR called referee Craig Pawson’s attention to the infringement, Eddie Nketiah thought he had scored his third goal in two games but was ruled out for offside. However, the Gunners still got their second from the penalty spot through their brilliant English forward, Saka.

Manchester United got back in the game after Cristiano Ronaldo, who started after missing the Liverpool game due to his son’s death, sneaked between two defenders to score a Nemanja Matic overhead pass.

Mikel Arteta’s men had most of the ball and mounted attack after attack to expose the shaky United defence, which was without captain Harry Maguire due to his poor form in recent games.

The second half was a much different tale with United coming out firing. Their attack paid off when they got a 57th-minute penalty. It was not to be for them as captain Bruno Fernandes slammed his effort against the post.

Granit Xhaka’s long-range strike in the 70th minute took out the wind from United’s sails.

Although the Red Devils had some chances of their own, they performed below expectations. Ronaldo blasted over and Diogo Dalot saw his shot parried to the post by Aaron Ramsdale while Anthony Elanga also missed a chance to score after he was put on pressure by Tavares.

United’s loss at the Emirates Stadium is the first time they have lost four away games in a row since 1981.

Arsenal are now fourth with 60 points, three more than Tottenham Hotspur, who could snatch the position back with a victory over Brentford later today.

United are sixth with 54 points.

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