United lose ground at top with draw at Arsenal | Daily News

United lose ground at top with draw at Arsenal

Action from the match between Manchester United and Arsenal
Action from the match between Manchester United and Arsenal

Manchester United lost vital ground in the title race after drawing 0-0 against Arsenal in the English Premier League match on Saturday.

United had a string of clear chances throughout the match but the visiting team couldn’t convert and grab the three points.

Instead, the Red Devils dropped two and remained in second place with 41 points, three behind rival Manchester City - which has a game in hand - at the top.

And to make matters worse, City on Saturday were able to do what United couldn’t on Wednesday - beat bottom side Sheffield United. Arsenal extended its unbeaten run to seven matches and remained ninth with 31 points.

Solskjaer made five changes after the Sheffield United defeat and his team had the bulk of chances in the first half, with Fred’s shot from the edge of the area drawing a fingertip save from Arsenal goal-keeper Bernd Leno in the 20th minute.

When central midfielder Scott McTominay came off with stomach cramps in the first half, United manager made a positive substitution, bringing on forward Anthony Martial to try to bring the game to Arsenal.

There was one big positive for the United manager as his team set a club record 18 away games unbeaten in the top tier.

Midfielder Bruno Fernandes came close a few times, including a free-kick just outside the area before half time.

The ball looked like it would narrowly clear the wall but Luiz headed the ball backward and over the crossbar. The Brazilian celebrated the clearance by pumping his fists in the air.

The visitor had other chances but poor finishing and good defending by Arsenal stymied United, including a vital clearance by Gabriel Martinelli in the 29th minute to head the ball out before it reached Marcus Rashford in the area.

Arsenal also had chances, with Alexandre Lacazette unleashing a 25-yard swerving shot in the 17th but it was right at goal-keeper David de Gea.

Willian came on for Martinelli at the start of the second half, and had a clear chance to score in the 49th minute when a cross from Hector Bellerin found him at the far post.

But he hesitated before shooting and Aaron Wan-Bissaka was able to block his shot. (Agencies)