3 Key Players for Manchester United in the Victory Against Arsenal

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3 Key Players for Manchester United in the Victory Against Arsenal
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Manchester United players celebrate the opener against Arsenal

Manchester United and Arsenal faced off on Saturday at Old Trafford in the first match between the two sides since Robin van Persie's transfer to United.

The game itself turned out to be an easy match for United. Arsenal seemed timid and nervous almost as if memories of last season's 8-2 loss in the corresponding fixture still haunted them.

United went ahead early when RvP latched onto a mistake from Thomas Vermaelen and scored with his right foot. Patrice Evra scored the second goal on 67 minutes. Santi Cazorla pulled a goal back for Arsenal with the last touch of the match.

Ultimately, United ran out 2-1 winners after what was surely their easiest game this season against one of the Premier League's big teams. 

The game lacked a masterclass performance from any particular player. In fact, United's win owed as much to Arsenal's lackluster performance as it did to their own showing. There could even be an argument that United made it difficult for themselves by not taking advantage of the many chances they created.

Here is a look at three key players for Manchester United, who were more critical than others to the win today.

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