Thursday 28 August 2014
Wayne Rooney nets a hat-trick and Ashley Young scores twice as Manchester United beat Arsenal 8-2 at Old Trafford
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Wayne Rooney hit a hat-trick as Manchester United thrashed Arsenal in an amazing Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford.
A Gunners side hit by injuries and suspensions had no answer to waves of United attacks as they suffered the club’s worst defeat since 1896.
Danny Welbeck opened the floodgates midway through the first half, heading in Anderson’s lofted pass but Robin van Persie then missed a great chance to equalise for Arsenal when David de Gea saved his penalty.
Ashley Young doubled the lead with a superb shot from the edge of the area and Rooney made it 3-0 in the 41st minute with a 20-yard free-kick. Theo Walcott pulled one back in first half injury-time but it was a brief respite for Arsene Wenger's team.
Rooney scored again from another free-kick in the 64th minute and three minutes later he set up Nani to chip Wojciech Szczesny for the fifth. Substitute Park Ji-Sung then fired home a fierce shot just two minutes after coming on before van Persie gave Arsenal a crumb of comfort with their second.
Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson was sent off in the 77th minute after collecting his second yellow card, which was given for fouling Javier Hernandez. Rooney completed the sixth hat-trick of his United career from the penalty spot before Young curled home the eighth in injury-time.
It was United’s third straight Barclays Premier League win from the start of the season and it left Arsenal 17th in the table with only one point from three matches.
"It is a surprise because when you play Arsenal you expect a difficult match," Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said. "We are very satisfied we kept the performance levels up."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger lamented "a terrible day".
"It was a combination of an understrength team and weakness and we collapsed physically in the second half,” he said.