David Moyes hadn’t been successful so far this season against the top teams in the Premier League.
Manchester United suffered a stunning defeat against Manchester City and Liverpool and only drew against Chelsea, so they needed to get a positive result to cement the progress they’ve been showing in recent weeks.
Thanks to a solid display in midfield and a lone goal from Dutch striker Robin van Persie, Manchester United was able to come out on top by a one-goal margin against Arsenal at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils had no weaknesses today, as they were consistent from start to finish in all areas of the pitch. David De Gea was able to keep a clean sheet, the defenders were solid overall despite the injury suffered by Nemanja Vidic, the tandem of Phil Jones and Michael Carrick worked perfectly and up front, and both Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie created constant havoc near Arsenal’s defensive line.
Moyes made some key substitutions to assure the control of the game for his side. Tom Cleverley entered at half-time and did a solid job next to Carrick, managing the tempo of the offense. Ryan Giggs gave some much needed pause to midfield after replacing Shinji Kagawa, and even when Marouane Fellaini only replaced van Persie to see the Dutch receiving a standing ovation, he also strengthen the middle of the pitch as Arsenal pushed their lines forward heavily towards the end of the match.
It was a solid win for Manchester United, as The Red Devils can use this victory as a morale-boost to build going forward. The team has been heavily criticized this season, but they’re slowly rediscovering the form they had last year when they lifted the Premier League title once everything was over.