Premier League | 19 November 2016 | Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,264 | Scorers: Mata 69; Giroud 89

Manchester United were denied a deserved win after Olivier Giroud’s late header handed Arsenal a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

It was a result that flattered the visitors after they were pegged back for large periods by a lively United side, who have now been held to frustrating draws in three consecutive home league games. It was a result that flattered the visitors after they were pegged back for large periods by a lively United side, who have now been held to frustrating draws in three consecutive home league games.


Photo: Paul Pogba (right) in action against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Possession: United 42% Arsenal 58%
Shots at goal: United 6 Arsenal 4
Shots on target: United 3 Arsenal 0
Corners: United 5 Arsenal 1

Arsene Wenger will have to wait a bit longer for his first league win over arch nemesis Jose Mourinho but, for once, he won’t mind too much.

Arsene Wenger’s inability to beat Jose Mourinho in a competitive game continued at Old Trafford on Saturday, though his Arsenal side secured a 1-1 draw against Manchester United thanks to a late equaliser from Olivier Giroud.

Wenger had failed to record a single victory over Mourinho in 13 previous competitive matches and while that run was extended to 14, the Frenchman will have been the happier of the two managers after seeing Giroud cancel out Juan Mata’s opener with an 89th-minute header.

Possession: United 45% Arsenal 55%
Shots at goal: United 12 Arsenal 5
Shots on target: United 5 Arsenal 1
Corners: United 10 Arsenal 4


United: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian (Blind 64), Carrick, Herrera, Mata (Schneiderlin 85), Pogba, Martial (Rooney 63), Rashford.

Subs not used: Romero, Lingard, Young, Memphis.

Booked: Darmian, Mata, Rooney.

Arsenal: Cech, Jenkinson (Oxlade-Chamberlain 83), Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin (Xhaka 79), Elneny (Giroud 73), Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Sanchez.

Subs not used: Ospina, Gibbs, Gabriel, Iwobi.

Booked: Sanchez, Ramsey, Xhaka.

Jose Mourinho expressed his frustration following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The draw left Mourinho bemoaning his side as “the unluckiest team in the Premier League,” a result that sees United languishing in sixth place, eight points behind leader Liverpool.

“Of course it is two points dropped. We were the best team by far,” the 53-year-old told Sky Sports. “They had no chances to win. They could not be Arsenal the way they normally play football.

Understandably, despite the draw meaning Arsenal missed the chance to close the gap at the top of the table, Wenger was happier with the result than his Portuguse counterpart.

The manager spoke to MUTV following the final whistle and was full of praise for his players, pointing to a lack of luck as the reason why the Reds came away with just a point.


Photo: Jose Mourinho can’t hide his disappointment as Olivier Giroud’s late header earns Arsenal a point.

“Everybody knows that [the bad luck]. Not me, because I am Manchester United manager, not you because you are the Manchester United journalist, but I think everyone knows this. The boys, they played so well, so well. From the defensive point of view, they were perfect except the goal. We were perfect the way we controlled them, we were so good. David De Gea, not one save. We were dangerous, we scored, we should have scored more. We were very positive in our approach, very aggressive, pressing high, but we were very, very unlucky.”

“I don’t want to speak about it. I have a very good feeling with Andre Marriner. He is the kind of referee who, if he makes mistakes against my team, there is no intention. He doesn’t want to be the star of the game, he is a good referee. I don’t want to say if it is a mistake or not; I know because I saw the video, but I don’t want to say because he is a good referee.”

“Imagine if we had the six points we lost at home, where we would be. We had three amazing performances. I am sure we are going to play other matches like that at home and we are going to win. That’s football. What we did against Stoke, Burnley and Arsenal at home, is for the people to leave the stadium with the happiness of the nine points, but instead we go with three points, which is really bad, but the performance levels make me believe a lot in the future. It is not possible that you are unlucky every game, but in this moment we are unlucky every game, which is incredible.”

“The work was good, they are working well. Jones and Rojo did not go to the national team, they stayed and we worked in the past two weeks. They are working so, so well. Antonio had a broken arm, but he played amazingly well. Top players like Sanchez, Ozil, Walcott – we saw nothing from them because of us, not because of them. We had good chances: if Rooney had passed to Pogba he has an open goal. Rojo had a header with an open goal. We had chances to kill the game at 2-0 but out of nothing, 1-1.”

“The players are quiet. They feel like it is a defeat and they are very disappointed. But I told them, the worse feeling is when you are upset with yourself because you didn’t perform or you made big mistakes, but they cannot have that feeling. They have to be proud with what they did, but obviously they are very disappointed because we lost two points against a very good team that did not have a shot [on target].”

“I think we have amazing fans – the way they react after this draw is amazing, because they know the players did fantastic work and they can control their disappointment with the result to praise the players and their performance.”

Maybe I’m beginning to agree with Jose Mourinho . . .

Up Man U!


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