Manchester United, Arsenal scrap to 2-2 draw
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.