Manchester United registered their first away win of Luis Van Gaal’s era after beating Arsenal 2-1 at Emirates stadium in London to help them move into the champions league spots in fourth place on Saturday in the late kickoff match.
Manchester United who started the game in 8th place on the Barclays Premier League, has had a shaky start to the season which was compounded by a series of injuries to key players.
United were without new striker Radamel Falcao who is struggling with a calf injury and may need two more weeks to recover. Daley Blind (Knee ligament) joined Manchester United’s lengthy injury list which includes Marcos Rojo (dislocated shoulder), Rafael (groin) Phil Jones (calf/shin), Johnny Evans (ankle), and Jesse Lingard (knee).
Saturday’s game saw Van Gaal name a makeshift defence which included Chris Smalling in the middle of two rookies in Paddy Mc Nair and Tailor Blackett with many Manchester United fans fearing for the worst especially after Luke Shaw limped off in the 16th minute with a foot injury.
Shaw was replaced by Ashley Young who himself had just recovered from injury and was thrown straight in the mix where Arsenal dominated the first exchanges as United tried to settle down.
Manchester United Goalkeeper David De Gea had to be at his best to make a string of saves most notably from Jack Wilshire and Aaron Ramsey after former Manchester United striker Danny Wellbeck wasted a couple of chances.
It took United about half an hour to settle in the match and string a few passes together and create something to keep them in the game. They however did score after their first serious attempt on 85th minute after kieron Gibbs score an own goal and then Captain Wayne Rooney raced clear to cooly score the winner before substitute Olivier Giroud pulled a consolation in added time.
Liverpool endured another miserable trip to Crystal Palace as two late goals gave the south London club their third win of the season.
The Reds, whose title bid last season was damaged by a 3-3 draw at Selhurst Park, took the lead through Rickie Lambert’s strike in the second minute. But Dwight Gayle equalised after Yannick Bolasie’s shot came off a post.
Joe Ledley then slotted Palace in front before Mile Jedinak converted a free-kick from 25 yards.
Totteham Hotspur won 2-1 against Hull City in the other Sunday game.
Chelsea continued with their excellent stat to the season with a comfortable 2-0 win over West Brom to stay top.
SAT 22 NOV 2014 – PREMIER LEAGUE
- Chelsea2 – 0West Brom
- Everton2 – 1West Ham
- Leicester0 – 0Sunderland
- Man City2 – 1Swansea
- Newcastle1 – 0QPR
- Stoke1 – 2Burnley
- Arsenal1 – 2Man Utd