Marcus Rashford’s brace and a debut Antony goal helped Manchester United defeat Arsenal 3-1 on Sunday and chalk up a fourth consecutive Premier League victory.
Signed for £86million from Ajax, Antony was handed his full debut for the clash at Old Trafford and he immediately endeared himself to the raucous home crowd with a composed finish in the 35th minute.
The 22-year-old’s goal came after Arsenal had earlier seen a Gabriel Martinelli strike chalked off after a VAR review for a perceived foul by Martin Odegaard on Christian Eriksen in the build up.
Arsenal hit back in the second-half through Bukayo Saka – his first league goal of the season – but Rashford hit the back of the net twice after that to give the Red Devils all three points.
United are now up to fifth in the table after chalking up a fourth straight victory, leaving them three points behind table-toppers Arsenal, whose perfect start to the campaign has been ended.
The Red Devils are back in action on Thursday when they host Real Sociedad in the Europa League (United 8/13, Draw 3/1, Sociedad 9/2 – Match Result), while the Gunners travel to FC Zurich in the same competition that night (FC Zurich 7/1, Draw 9/2, Arsenal 1/3 – Match Result).
In Sunday’s earlier game, Brighton scored five goals in a Premier League game for the first time in the club’s history in a 5-2 thumping of Leicester City, who remain bottom of the table with just one point.
The Foxes went ahead inside the first minute through Kelechi Iheanacho, only for Luke Thomas to send a Solly March header into the back of his own net and Moises Caicedo to calmly slot past Danny Ward to put the hosts 2-1 ahead.
Leicester did hit back before half-time against the run of play through Patson Daka, who got on the end of Youri Tieleman’s ball over the top of the defence and found the bottom-right corner with a cool finish.
At the beginning of the second period, Alexis Mac Allister saw his thumping strike from outside the area ruled out through VAR, but the Seagulls did manage to go back ahead through Leandro Trossard.
Mac Allister then converted from the penalty spot after Trossard was brought down in the box by Wilfred Ndidi, before the Argentine put the cherry on top of the cake with a superb freekick deep into stoppage-time.
That result leaves Brighton fourth in the table, just two points behind table-toppers Arsenal, while the Foxes are rooted to the foot of the table and are yet to taste victory in the league this season.
Graham Potter’s men return to action at Bournemouth on Saturday (Bournemouth 19/5, Draw 13/5, Brighton 17/20 – Match Result), while Brendan Rodgers’ side are at home to Aston Villa (Leicester 8/5, Draw 5/2, Villa 9/5 – Match Result).