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Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal: Rashford the hero as Gunners punished at Old Trafford

In one of the biggest rivalries in the Premier League, Manchester United hosted Arsenal.

  • Teen makes it four goals in two matches
  • Herrera scores winner
  • Ozil, Welbeck net for Arsenal
  • United within three points of Top Four

Marcus Rashford took “Theatre of Dreams” to a whole new level.

Manchester-born teenager Rashford scored a brace and Ander Herrera put the cherry on top, as an inexperienced Manchester United lineup shocked Arsenal with a 3-2 win at Old Trafford on Sunday.

In what can only be described as a massively underwhelming showing by Arsene Wenger’s side, the Gunners title hopes sit five points off Leicester City.

That’s not to discredit a spirited and inspiring performance from the hosts. United moves back into fifth with the win,

Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck scored for Arsenal.

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David De Gea stopped Nacho Monreal point-blank in the sixth minute, and the Arsenal left back seemed to find himself in an awkward, casual position to strike.

The Gunners gave away a free kick on the left edge of the 18 when Marcus Rashford burst past Gabriel Paulista, but Petr Cech collected the low shot through traffic.

That’s when Rashford burst onto the scene with two goals in three minutes (to give him four in two matches!).

After a terrible giveaway from Theo Walcott -- who compounded the mistake by standing idly by -- Rashford hit a deflected shot past Petr Cech in the 29th minute.

Moments later, Rashford capped off an inspired bit of play between Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata by powering a header past Cech. Only in this season’s Premier League, right?

Arsenal then pulled one back from United alum Welbeck, who turned Mesut Ozil’s free kick past De Gea with his head.

[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]

18y 120d - Marcus Rashford is exactly the same age that Wayne Rooney was (18y 120d) when he scored his first Premier League brace. Quirk.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 28, 2016

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The second half didn’t deprive anyone, aside from maybe the goalkeepers.

Herrera put United ahead two with a wide-open cutback goal, and then Ozil bounced a side-volley of sorts past De Gea. 3-2 with 20 minutes to play!

As if the match needed anything else... this:

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