Match Report: Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United

Manchester United were back in action on Wednesday night with an away fixture to Arsenal after the weekends disappointing 2-2 draw to Fulham at Old Trafford.

In the day’s up to this fixture there were many Manchester United fans that were starting to question whether David Moyes was the right man for the job after Sir Alex Ferguson left his post back at the end of the 2012/13 season, drawing to a close his 26-years as manager.

Much has been made of David Moyes’ relationship with the press and how he conducts himself during press conferences, with past quotes such as “we’ll try and beat them” and “I thought we played well” after United’s drab performance against Stoke City. His last offerings in his pre-match press conference at the AoN Training Ground insisted that Manchester United are doing the right things, he said:

“I know that we’re doing the right job. We’ll do the same things, prepare well and things will change I have no doubt.”

In the first half at the Emirates Stadium both side struggled to create anything to report, apart from Robin van Persie who had a golden chance in the first five-minutes to score against his former club when clear through on goal, only to shoot low too close to Tomasz Szczęsny between the sticks.

Towards the end of the first-half, Rafael Da Silva fell awkwardly after going into a header with Oliver Giroud, a fall that Moyes has since confirmed has caused the United defender slight concession.

Rafael Da Silva Concussion Fall
Credit: @ManUtdGIFs

Although there was nothing much to report on during the first half against Arsenal, the tactics that David Moyes had put in place seemed to be working, a United side that did not rush forward and over commit of that they did against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in recent weeks.

The home side came close to scoring in the 60th-minute when Antonio Valencia was called upon to clear Koscielny’s header off the line, much to the delight of keeper David De Gea who pushed Valencia onto his right-hand side post before the corner was taken.

Arsenal continued to put on the pressure through-out the later stages of the second half, thus now and again opening up gaps for United to attack on the counter, their one golden chance to take all three-points was swatted by Szczesny once against after some fantastic link up play between Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie saw the Dutchmans header palmed onto the bar, a fantastic save and the highlight of the match for Manchester United going forward.

A 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium is not a bad result looking at it on paper, but chances where there for both teams to take all the points. David Moyes said in his post match press conference that Robin van Persie “could’ve scored 3 on another day” with the chance that came during the match.

Moyes will now take his squad off to Dubai on a fiver day warm weather training camp, returning to Manchester on Monday while preparing for another away fixture, this time to Crystal Palace next Sunday afternoon.

Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United Match Details

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