United denied at the death by Arsenal

Olivier Giroud's late header denied Manchester United three points in a 1-1 draw in their Premier League fixture at Old Trafford on Saturday.

  • Manchester United 1 Arsenal 1
  • Mourinho irked by referee decision
  • Goalless at the break
  • Mata opens the scoring
  • Giroud heads Gunners level

Match Summary

After a goalless first-half that will be remembered for Jose Mourinho's touchline rant, the game looked like it would be ending in a bore draw.

However, United put up a better display and opened the scoring through Juan Mata in the 68th minute, but one minute before the end of regulation time Olivier Giroud, having come on as Arsene Wenger's plan B, produced a towering header for the equaliser.

Full Report

In what was billed as a 'beautiful' fixture for all football lover by manager Arsene Wenger in the pre-match affair – the game truly failed to live up to it's exciting billing from the Frenchman.

Nonetheless, a few memorable talking points will be remembered for a while by both sets of fans.

Arsenal looked as if they were heading for their first loss since the opening day of the season, but as they found out against Sunderland – they now have a plan B, within their artillery.

After a dull first half with both sides seemingly content with allowing the ball to wander aimlessly around the pitch, it took more than a half hour for the tempers to flare.

Mourinho was clearly incensed with referee Andre Marriner's decision to allow to play to continue after Antonio Valencia was hauled down inside the area by his opposite full-back Nacho Monreal.

The second-half United took control of possession and the Gunners never really threatened at all, a surprising turn of events for a side that's been full of confidence coming into the game.

With a goal waiting to happen it came with a sumptuous passing move between Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and the eventual goal scorer, Juan Mata.

Pogba found Herrera on the right side of the box and he managed to pick out a dream cut-back into Mata's path – before he smashed the ball beyond an outstretched Petr Cech.

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Wenger's stone face with no expression personified his sides performance at that point, dull and flat.

However, his decision to throw on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Giroud for the final few minutes proved to be a masterstroke as the duo combined for the equaliser.

A bit of a throwback approach and nothing like the Gunners style of play, Chamberlain beat Marcus Rashford on the flank before whipping in a perfect hanging delivery for the Frenchman.

Wenger's 'Plan B', rose highest above Phil Jones, Marcus Rojo and Antonio Valencia to power home a bullet header beyond United stopper David de Gea.