Manchester United shared the spoils with a below-par Arsenal at Old Trafford in the early kick-off English Premier League match today.
The hosts dominated the game for 90 minutes, with Petr Cech having to make two top saves to keep Arsenal in the match before Juan Mata’s sublime finish in the 68th minute gave the Red devils a deserved lead.
Substitute Olivier Giroud, got Arsenal a point when he headed the ball past De Gea in the 89th minute, from a Chamberlain cross. With Giroud’s goal being Arsenal’s first and only shot on target in the game.
The highly anticipated match generally failed to live up to its hype. With both teams giving what fans would consider as their worst display in the history of the Arsenal/Manchester United rivalry. The only talking point of the match being United’s appeals for a penalty getting turned down in the first half, after Antonio Valencia went to ground under a challenge from Nacho Monreal.
However, with both teams missing key players like Zlatan and Bellerin due to a ban and injury respectively, the key players in Ozil, Sanchez, Pogba and Rashford, all failed to deliver. Only Rashford had a good game among them all. It was also the first time Arsenal failed to play their free passing game against a Mourinho side that didn’t even park the bus at all.
Arsenal can however find solace in the fact that they are now yet to lose on the road in 6 matches, while Manchester United are yet to record a win in 3 matches.
The good news for Mourinho is that his unbeaten run in the EPL against Wenger continues. With Wenger’s only win in over 12 matches against Mourinho coming in the Community Shield.
Wenger however, will be happy with the point, as it keeps his team firmly in 4th place, being six points ahead of Manchester United (who are languishing in 6th position), and two points behind Liverpool and Manchester City who are first and second respectively.