United has maintained their long term home unbeaten record to Arsenal F.C who last won them at home back in 2006.
MAN UNITED 2 – 2 ARSENAL FC
Manchester United yesterday, 5th December faced one of their biggest rivals in football history (Arsenal FC) at Old Trafford.
Goals from Mustafi 26′, Antony Martial 30′, Marco Rojo 68′ (OG) and Jesse Lingard 69′ ensured that despite the efforts of the Gunners, the returned home with only a point.
It was a clash of interest as the referee was not afraid to regulate the match by dishing out three yellow cards to both teams without remorse.
It was an all important game for the Gunners as they extend their unbeaten record to 20 games after suffering two shocking defeats from Manchester City and Chelsea F.C.
Strong decision by Jose Mourinho to leave out in-form super stars; Paul Pogba and Lukaku would have attracted much criticism.
Lucas Torreira’s 26th minute corner was slipped over Chris Smalling who allowed Mustafi a free header towards the goal.
Ordinarily, De Gea would have found it easy to pick the header that bounced before reaching him but found himself howling the ball into the air across his goal line though Herrera was was keen to clear the ball.
Manchester United responded quickly to the goal when Rojo’s shot was pushed towards the left post by Leno.
Herrera quickly returned the ball back to the 6 yard box which gave Anthony Martial a chance to shot freely into the post.
It was almost a drama replayed as Arsenal took the lead again in the 68th minute and held firm for only 78 seconds.
Lacazette was on a one-two touch with Henrikh Mkhitaryan before running into area to meet Rojo whose from-behind tackle ended up ticking the ball away from Lacazette and into his own net.
A prompt response followed as Lukaku caused uncertainty in the visitors’ area causing Kolasinac to try turning the ball back to his goalkeeper, before Lingard sneaked in and tapped in a simple finish past Leno.
United was lucky to have De Gea return to himself when he stopped Aubameyang from giving Arsenal the lead once again to ensure the game ended two goals a peace.