• Arsenal took control of the Premier League top-four race with a 3-1 win over Manchester United, effectively ending the Red Devils’ hopes of playing in the Champions League next season.
• Saka took the blame for sending De Gea the wrong way from the penalty spot, doubling Arsenal’s lead.
Arsenal took control of the Premier League top-four race with a 3-1 win over Manchester United, effectively ending the Red Devils’ hopes of playing in the Champions League next season.
Mikel Arteta’s men moved three points clear of Tottenham, who face Brentford later on Saturday, thanks to goals from Nuno Tavares, Bukayo Saka, and Granit Xhaka.
United is six points adrift of the top four and may miss out on European football entirely next season.
Ronaldo, on the other hand, will rue allowing Bruno Fernandes to take a second-half penalty with the game tensely poised at 2-1 in favor of the Gunners.
Interim United manager Ralf Rangnick called his team’s performance at Anfield “humiliating” and “embarrassing.”
After that defeat, United formalized the appointment of Ajax manager Erik ten Hag as manager at Old Trafford from next season.
The Dutchman, on the other hand, will be unimpressed by another shambolic start from the side he will inherit.
After a traumatic week, Harry Maguire was demoted to the bench.
Police raided the England international’s home after receiving a bomb threat.
Maguire has been the focus of much of the criticism leveled at United this season, but the defense was no better without him.
It only took two minutes for the visitors’ defense to be breached, as David de Gea’s fine save from Saka’s initial effort was nullified when Tavares swept home the rebound.
Just like at Anfield in midweek, the entire stadium applauded during the seventh minute in support of Ronaldo.
On the field, the Portuguese received little assistance from his teammates.
De Gea reacted well to a close-range piledriver from Eddie Nketiah.
Nketiah found the net from another one-on-one a few seconds later.
A VAR review ruled that the England under-21 international was offside, but Saka was fouled as he played the ball into Nketiah’s path by Alex Telles.
Saka took the blame for sending De Gea the wrong way from the penalty spot, doubling Arsenal’s lead.
Within two minutes, Ronaldo ed by sweeping home Nemanja Matic’s cross for his 100th Premier League goal.
Arsenal’s nerves began to fray, and United should have been level by the time Xhaka delivered the knockout blow.
On the hour, Tavares inexcusably handled a corner into the Arsenal box.
Ronaldo stepped back to allow Fernandes to take the penalty, but his compatriot rolled the ball into the post.
Ronaldo had the ball in the net moments later thanks to another smart, instinctive finish, but he was flagged offside.
Ronaldo then set up Diogo Dalot’s shot, which Aaron Ramsdale turned onto the post.
Arsenal had lost three straight games before a much-needed 4-2 win at Chelsea in midweek resurrected their top-four hopes.
The relief in the Emirates was palpable when Xhaka restored the two-goal cushion with a powerful shot from 25 yards that flew past De Gea.