Manch­ester United, Arse­nal scrap to 2-2 draw

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS - MANCH­ESTER, Eng­land (AP):

Manch­ester United’s patched-up side twice came from be­hind to draw 2-2 with Arse­nal in the English Pre­mier League yes­ter­day af­ter Jose Mour­inho made a state­ment by drop­ping Paul Pogba.

Mour­inho made seven changes to his United team, in­clud­ing de­mot­ing Pogba to the bench, and had to rely on some play­ers who were strug­gling for full fit­ness amid in­jury prob­lems in his squad.

United had to twice re­spond to con­ced­ing bizarre goals. Shko­dran Mustafi put fifth­place Arse­nal ahead with a header that was fum­bled over the line by United goal­keeper David De Gea, while an own goal by Mar­cos Rojo al­lowed the vis­i­tors to lead 2-1 later in the game.

Arse­nal were 1-0 up for four min­utes at Old Traf­ford. An­thony Mar­tial, who later went off in­jured, grabbed United’s first equaliser and Jesse Lin­gard earned United a point by scor­ing 75 sec­onds af­ter his team went be­hind for the sec­ond time.

Bri­tish boxer Tyson Fury, who drew his world heavy­weight ti­tle bout with Deon­tay Wilder on Satur­day, was in the crowd for a match re­garded as among the big­gest in English foot­ball.


Both teams showed lots of fight in a fran­tic and of­ten feisty en­counter which saw Unai Emery’s Arse­nal rack up a 20th un­beaten game in all com­pe­ti­tions.

United are now 18 points be­hind first­place Manch­ester City and, per­haps more sig­nif­i­cantly, eight points off the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion places.

It was the first United-Arse­nal game since 1986 that did not have ei­ther United man­ager Alex Fer­gu­son or ex-Arse­nal coach Arsene Wenger in the dugout. Fer­gu­son was in the stands, how­ever.


Arse­nal play­ers hug team­mate Alexan­dre La­cazette (left) who had a role in his side’s sec­ond goal, scored by Manch­ester United de­fender Mar­cos Rojo (not pic­tured), as United’s goal­keeper David de Gea (right) picks the ball out of the net, dur­ing their English Pre­mier League match at Old Traf­ford sta­dium in Manch­ester, Eng­land, yes­ter­day.

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