A fantastic performance from Manchester United against a dismal Arsenal side resulted in me having to consider a good number of the United line up for this Man of the Match feature. Another excellent performance from the new boy who has settled in so quickly made me almost dedicate a second of my Man of the Match features to Ashley Young. An impressive performance in the midfield put the centre pairings Anderson and Cleverley in contention, and had Welbeck not been injured he was looking up for another good game.
However amongst some top-notch performances there was one man who was head and a slight bit of hair above the others. I could have wrote about Wayne Rooney for the Community Shield or the first two league games and it was inevitable he was going to be appearing in this feature sooner rather than later.
Rooney’s explosive start to the season continued today, as he ripped Arsenal apart with an unstoppable performance at the helm of the United attack. He was the inspiration throughout the match as he dropped deep to be at the centre of the play. Rooney’s intelligence throughout saw him dictate the play, dropping back constantly to make himself available to receive the ball to then move it on. Endless stamina from Rooney allowed him to spend the whole match moving up and down the field with a sixth sense passing vision letting him make the most of picking the ball up in all areas.
United’s top scorer has now scored in all three of the starting league matches now after continuing in an emphatic fashion, inflicting his hat-trick on a helpless Arsenal. His first came when, with the help of Ashley Young, he teed himself up from a free-kick from just outside the box, curling it past Szczęsny in between the Arsenal posts. His second was taken from another free-kick in a similar style but from the other side of the box, still curling it into the same corner past a static Szczęsny. Rooney completed his hat-trick, carefully placing a penalty into the bottom right corner after Evra was felled in the box by Walcott. Rooney’s goal lust continued to show strong as he attempted a shot at goal from his own half.
Rooney has hit the ground running, sprinting rather, this season and maintained that form proving the key man in what would normally be a tight clash between United and Arsenal. A strong attacking performance from United was orientated around Rooney as he posed a threat to Arsenal in all areas throughout. The attacker enjoyed playing in a free-role as the essential part in the United engine, which he drove to overrun a hapless Arsenal side.