Arsenal and Manchester United battled it for a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford to provide plenty of entertainment to the paying customers yesterday.
While recent encounters between the two historical clubs have been lackluster, yesterday’s game was a throwback to the classic Arsenal vs United matches of the past.
Unai Emery’s men came in to the match on a high after their North London derby win but struggled at times to fend off a revitalized United side.
Jose Mourinho had complained about his side lacking a certain bite after their draw with Southampton and perhaps the manager’s words had an influence on his players as they put in an intense and gritty shift against the Gunners with 3 United players getting booked in the first 45 minutes itself.
United seemed to have gotten their aura back at Old Trafford as they refused to give up and responded immediately after going behind not once but twice with Jesse Lingard’s goal coming just 70 seconds after Lacazette’s shot went in off Rojo’s studs.
Ander Herrera was almost a physical embodiment of the intensity shown by United as the Spaniard put in a tireless shift to thwart Arsenal’s attackers and it was his pass that found it’s way to Anthony Martial for United’s first equalizer of the night.
The midfielder was obviously elated with his side getting back on level terms with their rivals and United fans on Twitter loved his passionate reaction after the Frenchman turned in his pass.
He gets it! Check out Herrera’s pumped up reaction here:
I love this from Herrera. pic.twitter.com/CkuiNYYKcE
— Red Devil Bible (@RedDevilBible) December 5, 2018