Match Report: United 1 Arsenal 1

Scott Mctominay celebrates his goal. Image: The Daily Mail.

Manchester United could only muster a 1-1 draw in the their Premier league match against Arsenal at Old Trafford. Scott McTominay scored for United just before half-time. However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed the equaliser in the second-half to spoil United’s chances of a home win. But Aubameyang’s goal was only confirmed by VAR after the referee had originally ruled it offside.

Both teams started off the match in a tentative manner and that was the case until the first chance by Andreas Pereira. The midfielder let loose a low drive after he ran at Arsenal’s defense, but it was comfortably held by goalie Bernd Leno. Then the Gunners replied through Nicolas Pepe, but he skied his shot high over the bar. There were few opportunities for both sides. Marcus Rashford tried to get on the scoresheet, but wasn’t able to capitalise. There were a flurry of chances that got the crowd into a more encouraged mood just before half-time.

Then the breakthrough came in the 45 minute, when Daniel James’s cross was retrieved by Rashford, who then laid it back for McTominay and the Scotsman blasted a cracking shot from the edge of the penalty box that put us up 1-0. It was his first senior goal on his home ground.

After the break, United was forced to defend by the vistors who were in search of an equaliser. The Gunners were fired up, and they pressed for the tying goal. Their was a brief relief by the United faithful in the 58th minute when Aubameyang’s goal was ruled offside by the referee when his teammate Saka slid the ball through to the striker. Unfortunately for United, referee Kevin Friend reviewed his decision, and VAR overturned it and confirmed that the goal was valid. According to VAR, Harry Maguire had played Aubameyang onside and that’s why the goal was given.

United almost went behind when Saka’s goalbound effort from 12 yards out took a deflection of Victor Lindelof, but it went out safely over the end line. Pogba could have put us in front again, instead he placed his shot just wide, and McTominay headed the ball over the bar from a corner. Maguire hit a cracking shot, but it was saved magnificently by Leno in goal. Then Ole brought on Fred for Lingard and Mason Greenwood for Pereira in the 74th minute.

In the closing stages of the game both sides were looking like each one could score in this pulsating affair. We had the final chance of the night when Rashford took a free-kick that the keeper saved which made sure that the match finished in a draw.

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