Manchester United beat Arsenal at Old Trafford as Ronaldo hit a brace in a 5-goal thriller. Manchester United were lucky, while Arsenal’s woes against the big teams continue.
After West Ham drew yesterday, the gunners were in a position to claim the 4th position but fumbled against the Red Devil. Though the game started well for Arsenal, the game ended in a defeat.
In the 13th minute, Smith-Rowe scored a controversial goal after David De Gea was accidentally stepped on by Fred. VAR saw nothing wrong with the clash, and awarded the goal.

It remained 1-0 until the 44th minute when Fred laid a one-time pass to Fernández to make it 1-1 and that rounded-up the first half.

Ronaldo celebrating against Arsenal

At the restart, Man Utd grabbed the second goal in the 52nd minute as Rashford’s low cross found Ronaldo who put it past Ramsdale to make it 2-1. However, Arsenal quickly fired back in the 54th minute as Ødegaard fired past De Gea to make it 2-2.
In the 68th minute, Ødegaard became the villain as he gave away a penalty which was cooly converted by Ronaldo to make it 3-2. Arsenal had the chance to equalize but Aubameyang scuffled their late chance to make it 3-3.

Ronaldo’s brace takes him to 801 career goals after spells in Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and Portugal. The 5 time Balon D’or winner is arguably the best player to ever grace the football field.

Why VAR allowed Smith-Rowe’s goal against Manchester United?

Why Emile Smith Rowe's strange Arsenal goal against Man Utd was allowed to  stand despite David de Gea being down injured
Smith-Rowe versus Manchester United

The Manchester United players broke one of the golden rules of football; always play to the whistle. If Atkinson had sounded his whistle immediately after the infringement happened, the goal might not have stood. However, Man United players stopped and waited for a free kick which was not sounded by Atkinson. Also since the infringement was from a Manchester United player, there was no reason to not award the goal.
Manchester United remain 7th on the league table, but are now 2 points behind Arsenal, and 12 points behind the league leaders, Chelsea.

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