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Manchester United’s recovery began with Cristiano Ronaldo’s 800th career goal in a 3-2 win over Arsenal

Manchester United’s recovery began with Cristiano Ronaldo’s 800th career goal in a 3-2 win over Arsenal.

Manchester United’s Micheal Carrick recovery began with Cristiano Ronaldo’s 800th career goal in a 3-2 win over Arsenal at the Old Trafford.

Carrick was taking charge for the final time as caretaker manager, with new interim boss Ralf Rangnick watching from the stands, and he announced after the game that he would leave the club rather than return to coaching.

The former Manchester United midfielder was a member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching staff and chastised former teammate Paul Scholes for staying at the club after the Norwegian was fired.

“It’s 100% my decision,” said Carrick. “I thought it was the right thing to do for the club and Ralf, and I’m quite happy with that.

“We were in a situation where there was a responsibility to see these games through. The loyalty to Ole is a little bit of a factor, but there were a lot of things that came into my decision.”

Rangnick will take over following a crucial three points for United, who are only three points outside the Premier League’s top four and have an attractive run of fixtures to look forward to over the Christmas season.

Carrick had an excellent caretaker term, reaching the final 16 of the Champions League and a 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Chelsea.

After Solskjaer’s dismissal, United fans unfurled a banner in his honor. However, once the action began, nothing had changed from his final days as United started with humiliating home defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ben White both had chances in the first two minutes.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal reacts to a missed chance during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on December 02, 2021, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

In the 13th minute, Arsenal oddly took the lead. Emmanuel Rowe’s attempt bounced into an unguarded net, with David De Gea hurt after being stood on by Fred.

Referee Martin Atkinson blew his whistle to stop play, but the ball had already crossed the line; therefore, the goal stood.

Arsenal players refused to stand aside to allow United to equalize. But a minute before half-time, Jadon Sancho and Fred combined to set up Fernandes for his first goal since September.

Carrick benched Ronaldo at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, a move that may become more common under Rangnick’s high-energy style.

But Ronaldo has delivered with 12 goals in 17 outings since rejoining the Red Devils. He coolly tapped in Marcus Rashford’s cross.

Arsenal answered with a near-identical equalize. Odegaard steered towards the far corner this time, thanks to Gabriel Martinelli.

When Fred was chopped down inside the box by Odegaard 20 minutes from time, the stage was set for Ronaldo to breathe new life into United’s season.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on December 02, 2021, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Earlier in the season, Fernandes missed a penalty against Aston Villa. For his 130th United goal, he stood aside for his international teammate, which Ronaldo buried into the net, sending Ramsdale in the wrong direction.

Ronaldo has 450 goals for Real Madrid, 101 for Juventus, five for Sporting Lisbon, 115 for Portugal, and 127 goals in 303 appearances across his two stints at Manchester United, surpassing his former manager Ole Solskjaer’s 126 goals in 366 games.

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