Talking Points: Manchester United 2 Arsenal 2 – Issues that need attention

Talking Points: Manchester United 2 Arsenal 2 – Issues that need attention


Manchester United have come behind twice to secure a 2-all draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford in their first meeting of the season.

Shkodran Mustafi was gifted the game’s opener from a corner after his goal bound header slipped through the hands of United goalkeeper David De Gea.

The Red Devils weren’t behind for long however as Anthony Martial smashed home Ander Herrera’s ball across the six-yard box following Marcos Rojo’s free-kick.

Arsenal took the lead once again in the second half, once again profiting from a United error, as Rojo was credited with an own goal after initially giving away the ball cheaply.

United bounced back straight from the restart as a long ball from Rojo ended up in an error from Sead Kolašinac allowed Jesse Lingard to pounce and level the contest.

Defensive issues a worry for both sides

While the game proved to be an entertaining one for the neutral, both teams will be slightly worried in the manner in which they conceded their goals.

When the game did become more open during the second half, it felt as if either side could have quite possibly scored at either moment.

Despite his horror show for Arsenal’s first goal, De Gea made some big saves in the second half, to deny Arsenal the lead for a third time.

Again, United demonstrated their frailties from set pieces with Chris Smalling going to ground way too easily for the game’s opening goal.

At the other end, Marcus Rashford loomed as a dangerous option for Jose Mourinho’s side with his pace often allowing him to get in behind the Gunners defence.

Unai Emery’s problems only grew during the second half when Rob Holding was forced from the pitch with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

Arsenal’s various waits

Coming into the match, many believed that this was Arsenal’s best chance to secure their first victory at Old Trafford in the Premier League since 2006.

From the first whistle, they were met by a United side who were up for the fight and were responding after a disappointing performance against Southampton on the weekend.

Despite twice finding their way into the lead, the visitors were unable to claim their first victory at the venue in 12 years.

In terms of a record this season, the Gunners once again failed to lead a Premier League game at half-time despite hitting the front during the first half.

A result which spares Jose Mourinho time

At this point in time, it feels as if it is a matter of when not if Mourinho will be sacked by United.

Supporters of the club are continually to grow frustrated with the team’s performances and they continue to fall behind the top four.

If results continue to head in the wrong direction, he may well not see out the season.