Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal FC | Statistics and Post-Match Quotes

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: The scoreboard shows the final score of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on August 28, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

8-2. Quite honestly, that is probably the only statistic that you might care to know about at the moment. I hope many of you are celebrating. It was a famous victory for Manchester United Football Club. It was a humiliating day for Arsenal Football Club. Both sides unveiled an XI that had an average starting age of 23-years-old. The future appears to bode well for one of those youthful sides. The future perhaps appears ominous for the other. If you happen to fancy some more in-depth statistics and quotes from today's match, here you go:

TEAM STATISTICS (via Opta)

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Manchester United

Arsenal FC

Shots (on target)

25 (14)

20 (8)

Total Passes

472

351

Passing Accuracy

85%

79%

Ball Possession

56%

44%

Tackles won

34

19

Interceptions

21

19

Fouls

9

8

Corners

3

5

Offsides

7

0

MANCHESTER UNITED RELEVANT PLAYER STATISTICS (from Guardian chalkboards powered by Opta)

* David De Gea (goalkeeper): 6 saves (1 penalty save), 2 goals conceded, 24/33 passing (73%)

* Jonny Evans (left-center-back): 38/43 passing (88%), 3 tackles, 4 interceptions, 6 clearances, 3 blocks, 8/9 aerial duels (89%), 1 foul (penalty)

* Phil Jones (right-center-back): 38/42 passing (90%), 5 tackles, 1 interception, 1 clearance, 0 blocks, 1/6 aerial duels (17%), 0 fouls

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 37/46 passing (80%), 5 tackles,  2 interceptions, 2 clearances, 1 block, 0/1 aerial duels (0%), 1 foul

* Chris Smalling (right-back): 50/57 passing (92%), 0 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 clearances, 0 blocks, 1/1 aerial duels (100%), 1 foul

* Anderson (center-midfielder): 39/48 (81%), 4 tackles, 1 interception, 2 key passes, 0 successful dribbles, 1 assist

* Tom Cleverley (center-midfielder): 62/69 passing (90%), 4 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 key pass, 1 successful dribbles

* Ashley Young (left winger): 50/60 passing (83%), 1 tackle, 2 interceptions, 2 fouls won, 5 key passes, 1 successful dribble, 2 goals, 3 assists

* Nani (right winger): 31/41 passing (76%), 5 tackles, 1 interception, 0 fouls won, 2 key passes, 2 successful dribbles, 1 goal

* Wayne Rooney (striker): 42/52 passing (81%), 2 tackles, 1 interception, 1 foul won, 4 key passes, 0 successful dribbles, 3 goals, 1 assist

* Danny Welbeck (striker): 8/12 passing (67%), 0 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 foul won, 0 key passes, 0 successful dribbles, 1 goal

* Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez (substitute | striker): 21/22 passing (95%), 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 1 foul won, 2 key passes, 0 successful dribbles, 

* Ryan Giggs ( substitute | central-midfielder): 23/24 passing (96%), 2 tackles, 0 interceptions, 1 key pass, 0 successful dribbles, 1 assist

* Park Ji-sung (substitute | right winger): 15/16 passing (94%), 2 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 key pass, 1 successful dribble, 1 goal

 

POST-MATCH QUOTES 

Sir Alex Ferguson - MUFC Manager (courtesy of MUTV)

(On his side's 8 goal outburst...) "It’s unusual because you don’t expect it. We’ve scored six against them twice in the past, so maybe when we hit form like that somebody suffers. Today it was Arsenal who unfortunately suffered. We’ve had a couple of big results against them in the past, but when you see Arsenal’s team like that, we do expect to score goals. I felt all their quality was in the forward positions and they were a threat at times. They could have scored more than two goals. It was a funny game, a strange result but we can only do our jobs and I think the players kept it professional that way and did their best. We’re showing great energy at the moment and great enjoyment in our game, and that’s important."

(On Rooney...) "Fantastic. He’s thriving in his role of leader of the front players. Welbeck’s young, Hernandez is young, Ashley Young has just joined and Wayne’s thriving in the responsibility and I think that’s important."

(On Young...) "Marvellous goals, fantastic. He’s settling in very well, good understanding of the game, great energy, beautiful balance… he has all the assets to be a really top player."

(On Arsene Wenger's current struggles...) "Of course, because he’s a great football man. He’s done an incredible job for Arsenal for 15 years, he’s given them a quality of football that they’ve never experienced. He’s brought some exciting players to his club and he deserves respect for that, especially from myself."

(On Welbeck's injury...) "He was feeling a tight hamstring, he came over to the side and we had Hernandez warming up and we just couldn’t get him on, unfortunately for us, and he’s ended up actually pulling it. He’ll miss the England game, which is a pity because, in the form that Danny’s showing just now, he’d be an asset to them."

Wayne Rooney - MUFC striker (courtesy of MUTV & Sky Sports)

(On targeting Sir Bobby Charlton's club record for goals...) "Funnily enough, I was aware I was one away from 150 before the game. I spoke to a few of the players and asked how many Sir Bobby had and Giggsy said I was 100 or so off. It's a target for me, to try and do that. Hopefully, in the next few years, I can do it." - via MUTV

(On so many milestone goals coming versus Arsenal...) "A lot of my milestone goals have come against Arsenal. My first-ever goal for Everton, first Premier League goal for United, 100th Barclays Premier League goal for United and now 150th, all against Arsenal, so it’s obviously a great feeling. The performance today was incredible and we fully deserved the result we got, I thought. I think whether they had their full squad out or not, we were going to have a go at them, play and score goals. They had a few players out but take nothing away from our performance, it was brilliant. Obviously it was a good result for Man City [at Spurs], a good win, but we had to concentrate on ourselves today and I don’t think anyone else will beat Arsenal 8-2 this season." - via Sky Sports

David de Gea - MUFC goalkeeper (courtesy of www.manutd.com - the club's official website)

(On playing at Old Trafford...) Old Trafford is wonderful, very big, and the best thing is when it is packed and the crowd is cheering," the 20-year-old told United’s official Spanish website.Our fans are truly unbelievable. They sing the whole time and cheer for the team, and for us that is very important. My debut was an unforgettable moment and I enjoyed everything about it – the atmosphere, the stadium and the game, as well as keeping a clean sheet, which is important for the team. And I’m very happy that we made it two wins from two against Arsenal. Now we’re aiming to continue along the same lines."

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