Manchester United secured some early bragging rights over Premier League rivals Arsenal as Erik ten Hag’s side secured a 2-0 pre-season win over the Gunners in New Jersey.
New Man Utd captain Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring in the 30th minute with a long-range effort which Aaron Ramsdale could have done better with after getting strong hand to the ball.
United’s lead was doubled not long after as Jadon Sancho capitalised on Gabriel Magalhaes’ missed clearance before superbly finishing past Ramsdale and into the roof of the net as they went on to pick up a third straight pre-season win.
Arsenal’s best chance of the second half fell to Kai Havertz, who was picked out by Martin Odegaard’s cross, but the former Chelsea forward’s header looped over the crossbar as the Gunners, who fielded new signings Havertz , Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber from the start, drew a blank following a poor performance at MetLife Stadium.
There was further disappointment for Mikel Arteta’s side as they also lost a penalty shootout after the game as United converted all five of their spot kicks, while Fabio Vieira blazed the ball high over the crossbar to end a difficult night for north London side.
United look sharp but work to do for Arsenal
The game burst into life early as Antony’s miscued strike drifted wide of the far post before Gabriel Martinelli was twice denied by United goalkeeper Tom Heaton after being picked out by Bukayo Saka’s cross at the far post.
Arsenal looked to control possession and dominate the game, but they were punished by Erik ten Hag’s as individual errors saw United take a first-half lead.
Aaron Ramsdale got a hand to Fernandes’ low left-footed drive but he could not keep the ball out of the back of the net as United took the lead in the 30th minute.
The lead for doubled seven minutes later as Sancho pounced on Gabriel’s missed attempted clearance. The England international raced away from the Brazilian defender firing into the roof of the net with an emphatic finish. To double the lead heading into the break.
Manchester United looked much sharper than the Gunners and took a much more physical approach, much to the dismay of Arteta and his side.
Lisandro Martinez’s late challenge on Bukayo Saka towards the end of the first half angered the Gunners, while substitute Harry Maguire was also booked for a late barge into the back of Odegaard.
Arsenal went close to an equaliser when Eddie Nketiah fired wide of the far post and Havertz looped a header over the crossbar, but United also had chances to extend their lead.
With the goal at his mercy, Marcus Rashford failed to make a clean connection at the far post with Diogo Dalot’s attempted shot, firing wide from inside the six-yard box.
Facundo Pellistri also blazed a shot high over the crossbar after pouncing on another defensive error from Arsenal, this time from Kieran Tierney, late in the game.
Man Utd will look to make it four wins from four in pre-season when they take on Wrexham on Wednesday morning (July 26); kick-off 3.30am.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will look to get back to winning ways when they face Barcelona at Sofi Stadium on Thursday morning (July 27); kick-off 3.30am.
Arsenal’s pre-season fixtures and results
Man Utd’s pre-season fixtures and results
- July 12: Man Utd 2-0 Leeds
- July 19: Man Utd 1-0 Lyon
- July 22: Man Utd 2-0 Arsenal
- July 26: Man Utd vs Wrexham, kick-off 3.30am (Snapdragon Stadium, USA)
- July 27: Real Madrid vs Man Utd, kick-off 3.30am (NRG Stadium, USA)
- July 31: Man Utd vs Dortmund, kick-off 2am (Allegiant Stadium, USA)
- August 5: Man Utd vs Lens, kick-off 12.45pm (Old Trafford)
- August 6: Man Utd vs Athletic Bilbao, kick-off 4pm (Aviva Stadium)
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