The Sunday extravaganza of Manchester United vs Arsenal was important for many reasons. And the most crucial one was surely that it was the last match against the Red Devils for the parting Arsenal boss, the iconic figure of English football, Arsene Wenger.
The exemplary manager of the Emirates side will be disappointed to see another defeat against Mourinho, but he could not do anything to stop United from winning the game. Let us start with a quick look at the main events of the fixture.
Manchester United vs Arsenal – Main events:
Home lineup : David De Gea; Antonio Valencia, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young; Ander Herrera (Anthony Martial, 64′), Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba; Jesse Lingard (Marouane Fellaini, 64′), Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku (Marcus Rashford, 50′).
Away lineup : David Ospina; Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Calum Chambers, Sead Kolasinac (Nacho Monreal, 64′); Ashley Maitland-Niles, Granit Xhaka; Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Joseph Willock, 76′), Reiss Nelson (Danny Welbeck, 64′), Alex Iwobi; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Goals: Pogba (16′), Mkhitaryan (51′), Fellaini (90’+1′).
Yellow cards: Xhaka (24′).
The day started brilliantly for the home side. Within the first quarter, United created a few good chances and one of them provided the early breakthrough. At 16th minute, Lukaku’s cross found Sanchez who headed it beautifully to keep the ball at target. Bellerin had to make a good save there but the rebound fell kindly to Pogba and the Frenchman made no mistake to send the ball home from a close range.
For the whole first half, it was a battle between two equal teams. Both created opportunities, but barring that Pogba strike, no one else could beat the opponent goalkeeper. One more important moment came minutes before the halftime when Young hit the post with a cross from the left side. Other than that, there was no defining moment and the scoreline for Manchester United vs Arsenal remained 1-0 at the break.
The beginning of second half belonged to the away team, just as the way the first was United’s. This time, former Manchester player Mkhitaryan took a brilliant strike that found its way into the home goal, keeping De Gea stranded altogether. The fight was on, with the fixture tied at 1-1 and with more than half an hour to go.
For the rest of the match, both team tried their best to find a winner. Eventually, Fellaini found the required goal in the stoppage time. Mourinho brought him later in the game with a specific plan in mind. Young was clearly instructed to send delicious crosses to utilize Fellaini’s heading prowess. And after a couple of misses, the Belgian finally found the nets in the dying moments of the game. That was the last considerable action, and the home side bid adieu to Arsene Wenger with a not-so-convincing win in the end.
Manchester United vs Arsenal highlights:
Manchester United vs Arsenal Statistics:
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