Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal - 5 Talking Points
The rivalry between Manchester United and Arsenal has been the essence of Premier League over the years. From the Battles of Old Trafford to the Pizzagate scandal, no stone was left unturned to have a one up over each other.
Tonight, the rivalry was brought back to life to a certain extent as both the teams are (sadly) competing for Champions League qualification and not the title, like yesteryears. It was a hard fought draw for Arsenal and disappointment for United. Nevertheless, here are the five talking points from this titanic clash at Old Trafford.
Ashley Young’s continued revival
He was an outcast in Manchester just over 15 months ago and now he is the darling of Stretford End. Ashley Young has revived himself in just four months after three acrimonious seasons at United.
He has arguably been Manchester United’s best player since the turn of the year and has been extremely influential in the last five games by being directly involved all five goals scored in these games. He has got back his mojo, which earned him the move to north-west. The Englishman is not scared to take anyone on and is getting past everyone with relative ease. His innate ability to get past the defenders and put that scrumptious ball in the box has what catapulted him to demagogue status at the Theatre of Dreams.
He put two back to back Man of the Match performances, with the one today against Arsenal being his best of the lot. His overall presence in the game was inescapable. The former Aston Villa man was truly the best United player on pitch as he gave a young Hector Bellerin a torrid time throughout the 90 minutes. He is certainly making the Old Trafford faithful and the former United no.18 proud with his performances in the recent past.
Gunners’ still haunted by Old Trafford hoodoo
Arsenal may have been Manchester United’s fiercest rivals in Premier League era, but their recent past in red half of Manchester is nothing to boast of. Not just their recent record, in fact Old Trafford has been their least favoured hunting ground in Premier League era. The Gunners have just won three games at Old Trafford.
Arsene Wenger and his boys were dismal tonight as well. It took them 60 minutes to land a first shot on goal speaks volumes about their performance. To say they were lucky to come away with a point tonight would not be an understatement. Barring Aaron Ramsey, others were fairly lacklustre.
Manchester United completely bossed their visitors for major part of the game as they pegged them down for large swathes of the tie. After four consecutive defeats, a draw must be a respite for Wenger but there are still many questions are unanswered.