Such a high voltage game played between Manchester United and Arsenal. Game was expected to be enthralling and full of action and it surpass the expectations. Old Trafford was full packed and United fans were singing the club anthem at top of their voice. Manchester United started the game with their known strategy which is to keep possession and not to lose the ball. They shifted their gear and from the 15th minute of the game, they started dominating Arsenal by making some brilliant attacks. Arsenal was pushed on back foot and Manchester United was trying to take the lead asap. Also Read - Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer Rumour: Juventus Star Heavily Linked With Manchester United After Following Former Club on Instagram
Much more established just nine months on, Rashford replaced the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic in attack for United – captain Wayne Rooney demoted to the bench in a week that has seen him in the headlines for a drunken night on England duty. This was the game that United had to win and for long periods of the second half it looked like they would. Red Devils displayed a pressing game throughout the 90 minutes and it was in 69th minute, Mata broke the deadlock and gave the much deserving lead to United. Herrera played a beautiful cut back pass to Mata who slotted it in powerfully into the goal, well past Peter Cech. It was looking that Manchester United will take away three points from there until Arsene Wenger’s two substitutes changed the course of the game. Also Read - David Beckham's MLS Franchise Inter Miami Appoint Phil Neville as New Manager
Giroud was sent in to replace Elnany in 75th minute and then in 85th minute, Oxlade-Chamberlain came on at right-back for Carl Jenkinson. These two substitutes proved out to be party spoiler for United as in the 89th minute, Ox’s cross was converted by Giroud with a powerful header. It was a setback for United as they were moments away from taking away the three points but let’s just say that they are out of luck these days. Also Read - Liverpool vs Man United: Solskjaer's Men Keep Top Spot After Goalless Draw at Anfield
With this game, Mourinho kept his record intact of not losing against Arsene Wenger in EPL but he would be disappointed as he couldn’t win against his rival and had to settle for 1-1 draw. Starting line up of Arsenal also raised questions on Wenger’s managing strategy as he chose to play Alexis Sanchez above Giroud even when Sanchez was not completely fit and was suffering through hamstring injury few days a back and Giroud could have got more time to prove his worth because of his tall height in front of United short defenders.
For Manchester United, Rooney replaced Martial and Rashford moved left. Pogba was energetic throughout the game and amidst of all criticism, he is improving match by match. Overall Red Devils are upgrading their performance with every passing game and they would like to focus on defence which seems to be their problematic area at present. Arsenal will consider their attacking tendency and frequency, as their attacking rate was very low in this match and De Gea was barely tested during the game. Manchester United current have 19 points from their twelve games while Arsenal have grabbed 25 points in their twelve games.