Man United struggles to share spoils with Arsenal
It was another great contest at Old Trafford, The Theatre of Dreams. Great atmosphere as it was, rain pouring down, Fans roaring as the clash between Manchester United and Arsenal was about to begin. A clash that adds to a long line of rivalry between the two sides. The host, Man United, who came from a defeat to West Ham last matchday were hoping to edge their opponents to keep their top 3 finish hopes alive.
Manchester United dominated for most of the first 15mins with over 60percent of possession but no clear-cut chances. The lack of creativity in the offense of the host was really obvious for most of the first half. The visitors, Arsenal came close to scoring in the 43rd minute through Saka and Guendouzi but De Gea was there to put up two saves to deny the visitors a lead. Shortly after, McTominay had a blistering shot from the edge of the box that ended in the top-left corner. With that goal, Man United takes the lead and go 1-up at the end of the first 45mins.
The Gunners hit hard
The second half came surging through fast with the visitors taking a more offensive approach in the game. They hit the hosts with a couple of fast wide attacking play and saw United move deep into their half. The Gunners remained relentless and driving all they had towards the shaky United defense. Moments after the start of the second half, Aubameyang hit a cross towards Torreira who headed wide. A chance that would have ended in the back of the net. A breakthrough came for them in the 58th minute when Bukayo Saka played Aubameyang through and he gifted his side with an equalizer. For a moment, the goal was ruled out for offside. It took VAR assistance which reviewed and ruled in favour of the visitors and the goal was given.
The game continued with what looked like the host chasing the ball and trying to get a chance to get back in-front. Paul Pogba’s shot fizzed narrowly wide in what would have put the home team in front. A stoppage time free-kick was saved by Bernd Leno to deny Rashford his fourth league goal of the season. In the end, both teams shared points and it ended as a draw.
The Wheel is broken for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United drop to 10th with 9pts in 7 games and questions are to be asked about what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing with the team. Arsenal would remain 4th on EPL table with 12pts and looking to keep their top4 finish dream alive. Man United look to go through back-to-back away games as they face AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday and Newcastle United on Sunday. Arsenal would host Standard Liege in Europa League on Thursday and host Bournemouth in the EPL on Sunday.