Report: Manchester United 2-2 Arsenal (inc. goals)


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End result: Manchester United  2–2  Arsenal
Competitors: Premier League
Date: fifth December 2018
Venue: Previous Trafford

Beginning XI: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Holding, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira, Ramsey, Iwobi, Aubameyang

Subs: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Nketiah

Arsenal and Manchester United shared 4 scrappy objectives in a frantic encounter at a soggy Previous Trafford.

Objective-line know-how stamped a mark of approval on Shkodran Mustafi’s 26th-minute header earlier than Anthony Martial took benefit of lax defending to degree for the house aspect 4 minutes later.

A scrappy affair, pockmarked by accidents to each side, then got here to life after the break. Substitute Alex Lacazette, with a serving to hand from Marcos Rojo, bundled residence to revive the Gunners lead on 68 minutes however it lasted solely 90 seconds earlier than Jessie Lindgard restored parity. There have been possibilities for us to win it, however David De Dea underlined his high quality with two high-quality saves from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The end result sees Unai Emery’s aspect stretch the unbeaten run to 20 video games, nevertheless, we fall out of the highest 4 on account of outcomes elsewhere.

First half

Jose Mourinho might have been pressured into a lot of modifications, however beneath the lights, on a moist Manchester night, his aspect have been by no means going to seek out it exhausting to get the gang going.

Previous Trafford greeted an early Rashford effort, hit straight at Leno, with an enormous roar and their was additional bursts of encouragement with each misplaced cross by Arsenal. We appeared a bit shaky initially, particularly our three centre-backs making an attempt to construct play from the again, however there’s been nothing uncommon about that this season.

Guendouzi tried to calm Torreira after the Uruguayan gave the ball away and Emery wailed at Iwobi after an over hit move went for a goal-kick. We have been careless greater than cautious, however a minimum of everybody was speaking.

We began to construct assaults down the left with regularity. Kolasinac, bounding inside Diogo Dalot, was typically the goal. The primary couple of occasions he made pullbacks that didn’t discover anybody in a spearmint shirt, then on 25 minutes one other dart ahead pressured a nook. Previous Trafford quietened.

Torreira hit a straight ball to the penalty spot and Mustafi, getting the higher of Smalling, headed the ball downwards forcing De Gea to flap the ball backwards. It looped over the Spaniard and was hacked clear off the road by Herrera. The referee checked out his watch. Aim to Arsenal! The ball had crossed the road. Cue pandemonium within the away finish. (1-0)

Very annoyingly, the lead lasted solely 5 minutes. Guendouzi’s foul on Martial 25-yards out gave Rojo the prospect to check Leno with a set piece. The German made an honest save right down to his left however from there, we have been sluggish to react. From the byline, Herrera reduce the ball again to Martial who scored from 5 yards out regardless of the presence of 4 Arsenal gamers. (1-1)

Life turned much more troublesome when Rob Holding suffered a clumsy fall on the touchline that required in depth remedy. He was stretchered away in actual ache to get replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner. The Swiss was instantly completed for tempo by Rashford who then drew a sliding deal with from Mustafi simply outdoors the field on the byline.

Referee Andre Mariner waved a yellow on the German. Within the area of 5 minutes, he produced 4 extra. Rojo, Lindgard, Bellerin and Matic all went within the guide as a scrappy recreation turned tetchy. Worryingly, Aaron Ramsey additionally required in depth remedy after twisting his ankle and the Welshman did properly to limp by means of to the break.

Second half

There was no change of form for the second half, however Ramsey was changed by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who was returning to Previous Trafford for the primary time since his January transfer.

Neither aspect appeared notably fussed about going for the jugular. United, who’ve been criticised this season for the laboured build-up play, have been true to type and in response, we sat again and soaked up their occasional probing.

A Dalot run down the suitable was a flash of hazard however he dallied on the ball when he went to cross and Mustafi cleared. The noise rose once more as Leno tipped over Rojo’s drive.

Again got here Arsenal. Like the primary half, Kolasinac on the left was the outlet, however his last ball was discovered wanting. Emery recognised the necessity for change and despatched on Lacazette for Iwobi. The Frenchman took up a central place and Aubameyang, who’d been nameless, went left. Mourinho additionally switched issues up, sending on Lukaku for the injured Martial.

Out of nothing, the sport exploded into life. And it began with us taking the lead once more.

Rojo, making an attempt to play the ball out of defence beneath strain from Mkhitaryan, gave the ball to Lacazette who charged ahead. A fast one-two with our Armenian put him one-on-one with De Gea, however earlier than he might shoot, Rojo ploughed via the again of him and the ball dribbled into the web. Lacazette was left in a heap, initially mobbed by teammates however then the medical workforce. (2-1)

The remedy was the one factor that delayed a United equaliser. Straight from kick-off, we fell to items on the again and Lindgard nipped in entrance of Kolasinac, who’d made a horrible try at a again move, to slide the ball beneath Leno. There have been lower than 90 seconds between the objectives. (2-2)

We wrestled the momentum again and squandered two superb possibilities to revive our lead. De Gea stopped Aubameyang from shut vary, then Mkhitaryan clipped over from a yard when it was more durable to try this than rating. The United keeper then flung himself to his left to tip an Aubameyang roller across the submit. In between, Mourinho despatched on Fellaini and Pogba.

On the touchline, Emery and Mourinho have been filled with nervous power, flinging their arms in despair. Each needed order, form and a little bit of calm. It wasn’t forthcoming.

Leno almost spilled a Rashford swirler. Torreira went within the e-book. Fellaini pulled Guendouzi’s hair and Lacazette headed the ball out of De Gea’s hand to place the ball behind the web. He was the one one within the floor who tried to rejoice.

Deep into stoppage time we continued to seek for a winner. De Gea saved a Torreira drive and Mkhitaryan put the ball within the internet, however he was offside as he swung his terrific volley in from a decent angle. It was the final significant motion of a loopy night time.


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