Published On: Wed, Dec 5th, 2018

Man Utd 2-2 Arsenal: Jesse Lingard equaliser secures point for Red Devils

Jesse Lingard

Manchester United twice fought back from behind to earn a draw as Arsenal extended their unbeaten run this season to 20 games.

United manager Jose Mourinho dropped high-profile duo Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku after recent disappointing performances which have now brought only three points from the past 12 available – and, while quality was lacking, no-one could doubt his side’s endeavour and character.

Goalkeeper David de Gea made an uncharacteristic error as he failed to deal with Shkodran Mustafi’s tame 26th-minute header, which Ander Herrera could not clear before it crossed the line.

United were swiftly level through Anthony Martial after Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno could only half-clear a free-kick to set up an exciting second half.

Substitute Alexandre Lacazette scrambled Arsenal back in front after 68 minutes but United were on terms once more within seconds as Jesse Lingard pounced on Sead Kolasinac’s attempted backpass.

De Gea redeemed himself with a succession of fine saves as both sides had to content themselves with a point, with United now eighth in the Premier League and Arsenal dropping to fifth.

Mourinho’s men show grit, but little quality

Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku

Mourinho demonstrated he would not shy away from taking the big decisions as Pogba and Lukaku were consigned to the bench – he will have known the spotlight would have shone on him in unforgiving fashion had United lost.

In the end, it was a performance that was satisfying in parts but merely emphasised just how far United are behind the pacesetters.

United may not, as Mourinho complained, have any “mad dogs” in their side, but there was at least some bite about this display after recent tame efforts against Crystal Palace here, and at Southampton.

That was appreciated by United’s fans as a starting base, but there was little to suggest this was a team whose season was about to burst belatedly into life.

United’s attack was more fluid and mobile with Martial and Marcus Rashford selected ahead of Lukaku but there was still a lack of creativity, and while the effort was there, the real spark was missing.

Mourinho will be pleased at the manner in which United responded to Arsenal’s goals, helped by the Gunners’ sloppiness, and these were players who were undoubtedly putting in the work for their manager.

This is, however, a pale shadow of a side that will chase the big prizes.

Mixed feelings for Arsenal boss Emery

Unai Emery

Arsenal will, ultimately, probably be happy with a point at a ground where their recent record is miserable, and against opponents who were attempting to put down a marker after recent criticism.

Gunners boss Unai Emery, however, will feel disappointment that they did not leave with all three points after twice holding the advantage only to concede it quickly.

Emery’s frustration was obvious when Lingard scored United’s second equaliser moments after Lacazette had restored their lead, as he knew had they held their advantage a little longer there is every chance United could have become frustrated.

The manner in which it was conceded will have also infuriated the animated Emery, United striking back right from the kick-off with the aid of Kolasinac’s error.

On the plus side, Arsenal coped well with United’s predictable late aerial siege and this is a point that consolidated their good start to the season and extends that fine unbeaten sequence.

Emery may have wanted the win as Arsenal failed to reproduce the electrifying form that beat Spurs in the north London derby but there was still plenty to satisfy him.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 1De Gea
  • 3Bailly
  • 12Smalling
  • 16RojoBooked at 38minsSubstituted forFellainiat 72'minutes
  • 20Dalot
  • 21Herrera
  • 31MaticBooked at 42mins
  • 36Darmian
  • 14LingardBooked at 40minsSubstituted forPogbaat 75'minutes
  • 11MartialSubstituted forLukakuat 63'minutes
  • 10Rashford

Substitutes

  • 6Pogba
  • 8Mata
  • 9Lukaku
  • 22Romero
  • 25A Valencia
  • 27Fellaini
  • 39McTominay

Arsenal

  • 19Leno
  • 20MustafiBooked at 37mins
  • 5Papastathopoulos
  • 16HoldingSubstituted forLichtsteinerat 36'minutes
  • 2BellerínBooked at 41mins
  • 11TorreiraBooked at 86mins
  • 29Guendouzi
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 8RamseySubstituted forMkhitaryanat 45'minutes
  • 17IwobiSubstituted forLacazetteat 65'minutes
  • 14Aubameyang

Substitutes

  • 1Cech
  • 4Elneny
  • 7Mkhitaryan
  • 9Lacazette
  • 12Lichtsteiner
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 49Nketiah
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
74,507

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 2, Arsenal 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester United 2, Arsenal 2.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Stephan Lichtsteiner (Arsenal) because of an injury.

Offside, Arsenal. Sead Kolasinac tries a through ball, but Alexandre Lacazette is caught offside.

Offside, Arsenal. Lucas Torreira tries a through ball, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Offside, Manchester United. David De Gea tries a through ball, but Marouane Fellaini is caught offside.

Dangerous play by Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal).

David De Gea (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Booking

Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ander Herrera.

Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Attempt blocked. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Dalot with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Paul Pogba replaces Jesse Lingard.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by David De Gea.

Attempt saved. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sead Kolasinac.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Marouane Fellaini replaces Marcos Rojo.

Attempt missed. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Sead Kolasinac with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sead Kolasinac.

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).

Goal!

Goal! Manchester United 2, Arsenal 2. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Own Goal by Marcos Rojo, Manchester United. Manchester United 1, Arsenal 2.

Stephan Lichtsteiner (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette replaces Alex Iwobi.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Romelu Lukaku replaces Anthony Martial because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) because of an injury.

Delay in match Anthony Martial (Manchester United) because of an injury.

Sokratis (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Anthony Martial (Manchester United).

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Bernd Leno.

goal

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Man Utd 2-2 Arsenal: Jesse Lingard equaliser secures point for Red Devils