Manchester United have emerged victorious against the Gunners with a margin of 2-1 in the Premier League. It was probably the last managerial battle between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho in the Premier League and the Reds’ boss will leave the field with his head held high, ahead of his counterpart after this encounter.
Starting Lineups :
Manchester United (4-3-3)
Goalkeeper : De Gea
Defenders : Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young
Midfielders : Herrera, Matic, Pogba.
Attackers : Lingard, Lukaku, Sanchez.
Arsenal : (4-3-3)
Goalkeeper : Ospina
Defenders : Bellerin, Chambers, Mavropanos, Kolasinac.
Midfielders : Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi.
Attackers : Nelson, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang
Here are the talking points of the match between Arsenal and Manchester United:-
1. Second String Lineup For The Gunners :
It was seeming quite obvious that Arsene Wenger would give rest to most of his first team players for the upcoming second leg match against Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano. Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck- all are not in the starting eleven for the Gunners in this big match against the Red Devils. The choice of line up is clearly showing that there is literally no importance of the Premier League for Arsenal in this season. On the other hand, Jose Mourinho has fielded the strongest possible starting eleven against the Gunners. So, certainly the advantage was handed over to Manchester United right at the beginning of the match.
2. Paul Pogba Gave Manchester United The Lead :
It was a lucky goal Manchester United have got just at the 16th minute of the match. Romelu Lukaku got the ball and gave it to Alexis Sanchez. Alexis Sanchez’s powerful strike was blocked brilliantly by Hector Bellerin and the ball had struck the post. The ball came to the feet of Paul Pogba in the rebound. Paul Pogba committed no mistake to tap the ball in the Goal. It was a real important lead in the first half of the match for the Red Devils.
3. The Gunners Came Back With A Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s Goal :
The Gunners came back in the match in the second half against the run of play. De Gea had no clue to the Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s right footed strike just 10 minutes after the half time. Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined the Gunners from Manchester United in the winter transfer window. Mkhitaryan has showed good bit of gesture and didn’t celebrate his goal against his former club. Manchester United were playing with keeping the possession with them. They were trying to maintain the lead towards the end of the match. But the Gunners were playing good pressing football and they have got the result. Granit Xhaka has got a loose ball in the midfield and gave it to Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Mkhitaryan has proved his class once again to get the scoreline level on terms for his side.
4. Fellaini Scored The Winner Right At The End :
Marouane Fellaini has scored for the Red Devils right at the end of the match in the stoppage time. Ashley Young provided a brilliant cross to Fellaini and his powerful header has given Manchester United a great win in the big match against the Gunners.