In a game that historically has produced a lot of magical moments and high amounts of quality, tonight’s game certainly came up short in both aspects. The refereeing was poor and VAR was called upon for Arsenal’s goal but should have been for Manchester United when Kolasaninac committed a clear Handball. The Red Devils should be disappointed that they only came out with a draw as they had the chances to put the game to bed. However, lack of quality hindered United who haven’t scored a second goal in a match since the opening day of the season.
Both teams clearly are not what they once were but there were a few bright sparks for the Reds with some players standing out in a lacklustre performance. Here are three players who should hold their heads high:
Let’s start with the obvious. Scott McTominay was simply excellent against Arsenal and really showed that he is turning into a player Manchester United can truly rely on. He recovered the ball 6 times constantly battling the Arsenal midfield and was always wanting the ball from his team mates. His maturity and leadership urged United to keep going and to try and find a winner that just couldn’t be found. His MOTM performance was capped with a well-deserved goal. He should have made it 2-0 at one stage but his performance was excellent none the less.
A £16million signing from Swansea who looks like he has been in the first team for years. His transition from Championship to Premier league has been excellent. He is a lad who looks like he is eating up the pressure of playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world and loving it. James’ effort levels were incredible and always looked like he was going to win the ball to start a counter attack. It is refreshing to see a player at United wanting to get forward and take on defenders and create chances. With more clinical finishing his attacking contribution in the game should have led to a goal.
Axel was played at Left back tonight and he was for the most part, defensively solid. His defensive work on the Left side of the pitch kept Nicolas Pepe quiet. A young player who will make mistakes and learn from them and unfortunately, he was one of the reasons for the Arsenal equaliser. Apart from this his game overall was good and can only improve.