Premier League returns after international break and United hosted Arsenal in the first game this weekend at Old Trafford. United looked for a must win game to get back into top 4 places started the game strong and played better throughout the match. Arsenal failed to register a single shot in entire game while United having missed several chances in first half finally broke the deadlock midway through second half when Mata scored with a neat finish to make it 1-0.
Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 ]
45′ [ Half Time Report ] United dominated the first half and looked the only team who could have scored. United were harshly denied a clear penalty with Monreal brought down Valencia inside the box. While Petre Cech made couple of good saves to keep United at bay.
68′ 1 – 0 Juan Mata scores midway through second half to put United 1-0 in lead as they finally broke the deadline after putting Arsenal under massive pressure.
89′ 1 – 1 Olivier Giroud scores late in second half to steal a point in otherwise terrible performance from Arsenal.
Match Highlights (English)
Mourinho Post Match Interview:
There is alot more to this game than usual Arsenal United games. Over the last few years United has dominated Arsenal even after Sir Alex Fergusen and now with Jose Mourinho in charge there is more spice to it. Last season Arsenal defeated United at Emirates but United bounced back at Old Trafford getting the better of Arsenal when Rashford scored two goals to clinch important three points.
Arsenal vs Man Utd Preview & Team News United are coming into this game on the back of a impressive 3-1 win over Swansea and a win will not only put them right back into the title race but also restore the confidence. However its remain to be seen how United will lineup as Mourinho might go with a cautious approach and that might hand the initiative to Arsenal.
Gunners on the other hand were held to a 1-1 draw at home against north london rivals Tottenham and they will be keen to get three points in this important fixture. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturda. confirmed team news and starting lineups will be available couple of hours before the kickoff.
Predictions: Jose Mourinho is under pressure and there is certain unrest in the squad but this game give United and oppertunity to put themselves back in the title race or at least get into the top 4 places. However with Ibrahimovic suspended Marcus Rashford might start upfront with Martial and Rooney playing in attacking roles alongside Mata.
You can not write script for a premier league game this season, 18 year old Marcus Rashford started against hot favourites Arsenal and scored two goals within three minutes to put United 2-0 up but a goal from former United player Danny Welbeck made it 2-1 as the teams went into the break game pretty much there to be won. We will have the match highlights and goals video right here on this page.
United started slow in second half but took control of the game as the game move into later stages. Ander Herrera scored United’s third with a deflected shot from just outside the box and looked to have won the game for United.
Arsenal however had different ideas as the scored again to get within a goal of united with 20 minutes to play for. Louis Van Gaal made couple of changes towards the end to make sure United are able to defend their narrow 1 goal lead which they did it without many scares.
Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal – Match Highlights
[Premier League, Sunday, 28 February 2016 ]
- Marcus Rashford scored the opening goal with a neat finish from close range:
- Rashford was at it again within minutes when Lingards chipped ball was header home to make it 2-0:
- Danny Welbeck lost his marker on Ozil freekick to pull one back for Arsenal just before the break
- Ander Herrera’s deflected shot from just outside the box made it 3-1 for United:
- Mesut Ozil close range effort made it 3-2 and kept Arsenal in the game: