In the rainy night and under lights, much anticipated Manchester United against Arsenal didn’t live up to the expectations as one expected. The traditional fixture between the two great clubs of English football had produced some great moments be it goals, tackles, controversies you name it and it used to be in this great fixture.
However yesterday’s match was a boring and dull one. Both teams started slowly with first shot on goal coming in 30th minute when Andreas Pereira won the ball in the middle of the park and charged towards the goal waving past David Luiz only to hit low left footed shot which was easily saved by Leno. Few minutes later on counter attack Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave a lofted pass from left flank to Nicolas Pèpè but his poor finishing meant an easy save for De Gea. First half was relatively a strong and dirty affair with four yellow cards being produced by the referee Kevin Friend. Rashford missed a golden chance when Paul Pogba won the ball in the middle of the park to give a through ball to Rashford who was late and his attempt was blocked by Sokratis.
David De Gea saved Man United not once but twice with his double save first left footed shot by Saka and then by Guendouzi, it reminded of the day at Emirates when similar double save along with many saves was on display by David that earned them point against a much stronger Arsenal side. Just before the half time, deadlock was broken by a stunner from Scott Mctominay. In the second half, first chance came in 52nd minute when a low cross was send by Aubameyang only for Torreira to scuff it on half volley ultimately missing a chance.
Defensive errors from both the teams have let in few goals this season, this time too it was no different loose pass by Tuanzabe was latched on by Saka who gave an easy through ball to Aubameyang to finish it easy past De Gea. Referring in the match was poor as it was evident in this goal, it actually was given an offside while Aubameyang was clear onside. There were shout of penalty as well when the ball hit Kolašinac hand but it was turned down.
In the 74th minute mark, Fred replaced Jesse Lingard whose performance was once again poor, out of sorts and more accurately out of midfield as well. Fred had his chance as well in the 79th minute but his hit was high and wide. Rashford had the chance to give Manchester United the lead through a free kick but it was a good save by Leno.
With this scoreline none of the teams have helped themselves. On this display, returning to Europe’s elite any time soon is improbable for both teams. Although this result means that Arsenal are in fourth with United three points back in 10th place. Next up for Arsenal is a home match against Standard Liege while United are away to Eredivisie outfit AZ.