Remember that time, not so long ago, when there was a crisis at Manchester United?

After four straight EPL wins, it seems like a dim and distant memory.

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The latest sign that United are well on the road to recovery came on Sunday with a 3-1 win over Arsenal, whose 100 per cent start to the season came crashing to an end.

There were still anti-Glazer chants inside and outside Old Trafford – it feels like they are here to stay, whether the team win or lose – but they are now accompanied by frequent and jubilant roars for goals.

Two of them were scored in the second half by Marcus Rashford to sweep United to victory after Arsenal pulled it back to 1-1 through Bukayo Saka – but it was the opening goal which felt the most significant.

Antony, United’s latest big signing from Ajax for $A139 million, marked his first match in English soccer with a goal from a curling, first-time finish in the 35th minute, crowning a performance that featured a slew of jinks, feints and exaggerated stepovers that thrilled home fans.

Manchester United’s Brazilian signing Antony scoring on his debut in the 3-1 win over Arsenal. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AP

He came off in the 58th minute to a standing ovation to be replaced by Cristiano Ronaldo, who again had to settle for a starting spot on the bench.

“He did well, but I think he can step it up,” said United manager Erik ten Hag, who was with Antony at Ajax last season. “This is a different league but there’s potential there.”

Since that humiliating 4-0 loss at Brentford which sparked a crisis and some doubts around the wisdom of hiring ten Hag as manager, United have beaten Liverpool, Southampton, Leicester and now Arsenal, the league leaders.

After six games, United are now only three points behind Arsenal and two behind champions Manchester City, the title favourites.

The confidence is back and a style of play has formed. “The spirit from this team, they can deal with setbacks like we did,” ten Hag said.

“It is really great and shows your mentality. We have really improved on that.”

Arsenal also played well enough to show they could be in it for the long haul this season.

“We had some big periods where we were totally dominant and in total control,” manager Mikel Arteta said. “We created chance after chance but did not close the game.”

After the day’s other contest, there’s a strong chance that Brendan Rodgers won’t be Leicester manager by the time the Foxes play their next game.

Leicester were embarrassed in a 5-2 loss at Brighton, leaving Leicester last on just one point from six games, while the Seagulls are now fourth, just two points adrift of Arsenal.

It wasn’t just the defeat but the manner of the performance that will worry Rodgers, and, more importantly, Leicester’s owners.

The defending was extremely soft as goals by Moises Caicedo, Leandro Trossard and Alexis Mac Allister — via a penalty and a direct free kick — along with an own-goal by Luke Thomas saw Brighton cruise to a victory that could have been even heavier.

That’s 16 goals conceded by Leicester already and it seems neglectful for the club to have only signed one outfield player and a third-choice goalkeeper in the summer transfer market, given the state of the squad.

Rodgers even called out Leicester’s owners in midweek, saying he had “not had the help in the (transfer) market this team needed.”

Scott Parker made a similar remark after Bournemouth’s recent 9-0 loss at Liverpool – and was fired a few days later.

Kyrgios loses point in bizarre circumstance.

Kyrgios loses point in bizarre circumstance.