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Man Utd 2-2 Arsenal - Points Shared at Old Trafford

Our unbeaten run continued but we were held to a draw at Old Trafford, as our winless run at United’s home ground was maintained.We haven’t won there since 2006, but this game perhaps was the closest we could have come to winning, and with our exertions from the weekend perhaps taking their toll, this was a display full of heart and tenacity.It was no surprise that Aaron Ramsey was recalled to the lineup after his second half cameo in the win over spurs. He also captained the side, and Alex Iwobi kept his place to sit behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Matteo Guendouzi played alongside Lucas Torreira in the centre, and yet again, we played with three centre backs, giving attacking license to Bellerin and Kolasinac.It was these wing-backs that was responsible for most of our attacking play and industry, as we stretched United at times, but you could clearly see the tactics that Jose Mourinho had set his side out with - break play up as often as possible.It was working too. This was far from the smooth play we saw in the weekend, and United were responsible.United even had the better of the opening exchanges, but aside from a few half-chances, this was low on opportunities for both sides. This was a battle, not a drag race.However, we grabbed a first half goal to grab the lead.On the 26th minute, Mustafi rose highest to plant a header at goal, and the normally reliable De Gea flapped at it, allowing it to creep in.Our lead lasted four minutes, and there was a touch of controversy about it.A free kick was well saved by Leno, but the offside Anders Herrera squared the loose ball to Anthony Martial to fire home.
The goal was given without hesitation and it was all square.This game was in the balance, and our chances were made a little longer when Holding had to come off after a Rashford tackle. The young defender has been brilliant of late so this was terrible news, with Lichtsteiner coming on in his place.Then another touch of good luck for the hosts, with Marcos Rojo going through Guendouzi and looking every inch a sending off, but only a yellow for the Argentinean.A flurry of yellow cards followed, and it made five yellows in five minutes, just before half time.The whistle blew, and it was all square.Another half time change to ring in the second half, although this was forced through by injury rather than team shape. Ramsey had taken a knock, and Mkhitaryan was his replacement for the second half.This half was very much tit for tat, with United attacking, followed by an attack for the away side. Either team could win it, but also worryingly, Kolasinac and Torreira looked to be struggling with knocks.Emery made his third sub to shake things up, with Lacazette coming on for Iwobi, so Kolasinac and Torreira needed to survive the rest of the game. Kolasinac had been particularly effective, and United were struggling to cope with his runs down the left.Defences were not exactly the firmest, and it helped us regain the lead in the 68th minute. It was an almost immediate impact from sub Lacazette, as he played a one-two with Mkhitaryan, another sub, and got in ahead of a last-ditch tackle to bundle home.We had the lead again, could we hold it this time?No, not even for a minute.A mix-up between Kolasinac and Leno allowed Lingard to nip in and pass the ball into the net with composure. Both defences looking porous, and both teams searching for the win.This really was a see-saw battle.Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan then had gilt-edged chances to regain the lead, but the former was thwarted by De Gea, and the latter blasted over. Would we come to regret these misses?Auba tried again, and curled a great effort that was really well saved by United’s keeper, just after Rashford could have given United the lead. This game was opening up, and it was there for the taking.It was getting scrappy, but both teams were going for it, although we were ending the stronger. United sensed it and more scrappy free kicks were being given away, with Fellaini actually pulling Guendouzi’s flowing locks.The late tactics were pretty contrasting, and interesting given that United were the home side. the Reds were pumping long balls into Fellaini, and we were using possession and looking for a gap.We didn’t find it though, and the game petered out for a draw, and on the balance of things, we should have grabbed the win. Perhaps if we can cut out the mistakes we could have been coming away from Old Trafford with a first win since 2006.It wasn’t to be though, but we showed tremendous spirit and we can be very proud.We are looking great so far.