Both Arsenal and Manchester United had a chance to go up the table, but they ended up drawing at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Lineups and Main events:
Manchester United (3-4-2-1): David De Gea; Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo (Marouane Fellaini, 72′); Diogo Dalot, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Matteo Darmian; Jesse Lingard (Paul Pogba, 75′), Anthony Martial (Romelu Lukaku, 63′); Marcus Rashford.
Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Bernd Leno; Rob Holding (Stephen Lichtsteiner, 36′), Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi; Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac; Aaron Ramsey (Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 46′), Alex Iwobi (Alexander Lacazette, 65′); Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Goal: Mustafi (26′), Martial (30′), Lacazette (68′), Lingard (70′).
Yellow: Mustafi (37′), Rojo (38′), Lingard (40′), Bellerin (41′), Matic (42′), Torreira (86′).
The Old Trafford side started in a spirited fashion and they were favorites to break the deadlock. But, their initial efforts were not good enough to beat Leno at Arsenal goal. On the other end though, Mustafi managed to pull off a sneaky break-in near the quarter hour mark. It was bad defending from Smalling that allowed the German to try a headed attempt at the goal. It looked like an easy save for De Gea but in the end the ball slipped off his hands and eventually went over the goalline to give the visitors a slender lead.
Minutes later, thanks to mistakes from Arsenal defenders, Martial got the chance to level things up, and the Frenchman made no mistake to extend his tally. Following the second goal of the match, within a span of seven minutes, two injuries and five yellow cards put the match in a different shape.
Beginning of the second half was almost a copy of the first, in the sense that the hosts were in better touch and Leno was tested time and again. Both sides brought in changes within first 20 mins of the half to inject life into the game.
Three minutes after Lacazette came on to the pitch, the forward capitalized on a Rojo mistake and it was another lucky goal for Arsenal to give them the lead once again. But, once again, the lead was short-lived. And once again, it was a defender’s mistake. This time, right after the restart, Rojo sent a long ball to the Gunners box and Kolasinac made a mess to put the ball on to the path of Lingard. The young Mancunian slotted it in perfectly to restore parity at Old Trafford.
Rest of the match went end to end but no one else managed to score. Eventually, it ended 2-2 and with that, United stayed at 8th position while Arsenal slipped to 5th, because of Tottenham’s victory over Southampton.
Manchester United vs Arsenal highlights:
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