MX23RW : Sunday, September 23 18:43:59
Nov 3, 2012 at 12.45pm UK at ​Old Trafford
Man UtdManchester United
2-1
Arsenal
Evra (67'), Van Persie (3')
Young (29'), Cleverley (37'), Van Persie (61'), Anderson (72'), Rooney (81')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Cazorla (90')
Wilshere (14'), Arshavin (83'), Arteta (90')
Wilshere (69')

Half-Time Report: Robin van Persie hands Manchester United half-time lead

Manchester United lead Arsenal 1-0 at the interval of their Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Robin van Persie has handed Manchester United a 1-0 half-time lead over his former club Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney humps Robin van Persie's shoulder© PA Photos

It was the home side that started the match the better, with Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia enjoying possession in the wide areas.

They took the lead after just three minutes when Van Persie struck from outside the box to score against his former club.

Arsenal began to enjoy a period of possession as they settled following the opening goal, but they struggled to create any chances of note.

The Gunners' first real opportunity of the match came after 23 minutes when Aaron Ramsey fired a low cross into the box, but David de Gea made a smart save.

United continued to create chances, however, with Wayne Rooney and Van Persie both coming close either side of the 30-minute mark in the match.

Rooney had the chance to extend United's lead from the penalty spot late in the first period, but he fired wide of the post after Santi Cazorla had handled in the area.

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