Manchester United showed big heart and soul twice come from behind to earn a draw against Arsenal, There was fight. Plenty of fight. Jose Mourinho had called for “mad dogs” after the costly draw against Southampton and he got that in a barking-mad match as Manchester United slugged it out to nevertheless once again end up with just a point, this time against Arsenal.
They have taken only three points from their past four games, including draws with strugglers Crystal Palace and Southampton. De Gea redeemed himself with a succession of fine saves as both sides had to content themselves with a point, with United now eighth in the Premier League and Arsenal, who extended their unbeaten run this season to 20 games, dropping to fifth.
It really was bonkers. Mourinho said United scored four goals and, effectively, they did. De Gea pushed Shkodran Mustafi’s header up in the air, the ball looping over him and into his own goal for the first and then the second came as Marcos Rojo lunged in to try to stop substitute Alexandre Lacazette, only to divert the ball past De Gea.
Maybe Rojo, making his first appearance of the season, should not have been on the pitch at that point. He was fortunate to escape with a yellow card in the first half for a reckless lunge aimed at Aaron Ramsey, in which he caught Matteo Guendouzi as he tried to win the ball back inside the Arsenal penalty area after his shot was blocked.
Arsenal will, ultimately, probably be happy with a point at a ground where their recent record is miserable,
That “mad-dog” spirit was shown by Arsenal in their north London derby win at the weekend but they again made a curiously low-key start here. Read More