Goals by Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho determined the outcome of the match between Arsenal and Manchester United at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. In addition to the regular game, the teams also held a penalty shootout, which United ultimately won 5-3.
The match showcased several mistakes made by Arsenal players that directly led to Manchester United’s goals. Aaron Ramsdale, Arsenal’s goalkeeper, could have done better in saving Bruno Fernandes’ opener, while a terrible missed clearance by Gabriel allowed Sancho to break free and score the second goal. Even the penalty shootout was decided by an Arsenal error, as Fabio Vieira completely missed the target with his kick.
In terms of statistics, Manchester United had the advantage with 11 shots compared to Arsenal’s 8. They also had more shots on goal (3 vs 4) and more saves (3 vs 1). However, Arsenal had slightly more possession with 55% compared to United’s 45%. United had 2 offsides compared to Arsenal’s 0, and Arsenal had more corner kicks (4 vs 1). In terms of fouls, Arsenal committed 22 compared to United’s 15, and Arsenal received 2 yellow cards while United received 1.
The victory for Manchester United in this match adds to their positive performance in pre-season. They have now won all three of their games and have managed to keep a clean sheet in each match.
The penalty shootout showcased some impressive conversions by United’s players. Christian Eriksen scored the winning goal, leaving Ramsdale rooted to the spot. The reactions after the shootout were relatively muted, with both teams coming together to shake hands.
Looking ahead, Arsenal will travel to Los Angeles to face Barcelona at SoFi Stadium, followed by a match against Monaco in the Emirates Cup on August 2. Manchester United still has three games left in their U.S. pre-season tour, with matches against Wrexham, Real Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund.
During the match, there were a few noteworthy moments. Pellistri had a chance to score for United but lashed his shot over the crossbar. Jesus from Arsenal received a yellow card for a foul on Forson. Additionally, there was a hydration break during the game to allow players to get a drink.
It is important to note that regardless of the final score of the match, a penalty shootout was always scheduled to take place between the two teams. This adds an element of excitement and unpredictability to the outcome.
Manchester United emerged victorious with a 2-0 win against Arsenal, showcasing their strong form in pre-season. The match highlighted Arsenal’s errors, which directly led to United’s goals. The penalty shootout added an extra layer of excitement to the game, with United ultimately prevailing with a 5-3 victory. Both teams now look ahead to their upcoming matches in their respective pre-season tours.