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Ronaldo’s brace inspires Man Utd to victory over Arsenal

Ronaldo with brace

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Manchester United secured a 3-2 comeback win in a thrilling contest against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Arsenal took the lead on 13 minutes in bizarre circumstances, Emile Smith Rowe firing in from outside the box while David De Gea lay injured in the United goal, having been trod on by his team-mate Fred.

United were level on 44 minutes when Jadon Sancho picked out Fred in the box, who in turn laid off the ball for Bruno Fernandes to sweep home.

Marcus Rashford was denied by Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale on 50 minutes but United went 2-1 ahead two minutes later with Rashford teeing up Ronaldo to drive home his 800th career goal.

The Gunners equalised swiftly, Martin Odegaard sweeping home within 120 seconds to make the score 2-2 before Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot to fire home the winning penalty on 70 minutes after Fred was fouled in the area.

Man Utd move up to seventh on 21 points. Arsenal remain fifth and are two points better off.

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