5 key stats Man United 1-1 Arsenal: Gunners record broken, clinical Herrera
Manchester United missed out on the chance to go above Arsenal in the Premier League following a 1-1 draw with the Gunners on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors failed to have a single shot in the first half as Ander Herrera put the hosts in front on the half-hour mark with a firm side- footed finish from Ashley Young’s cross.
However, Wenger’s side livened up in the second half and equalised with eight minutes on the clock when Theo Walcott’s cross-cum-shot was diverted into the back of the net by Red Devils defender Tyler Blackett.
Here are the top five statistics from Old Trafford:
1 – Arsenal conceded a first-half goal in the Premier League for the first time since New Year’s Day.
Ander Herrera’s opening goal was the first Arsenal have conceded in the opening 45 minutes of a league fixture since Saido Mane’s strike for Southampton on New Year’s Day.
The Gunners have conceded just ten goals since their festive encounter with the Saints, with all but one – yesterday’s against United – coming in the second-half of ninety-minutes.
5 – Ashley Young has now assisted five goals this season.
The news of Memphis Depay’s confirmed move to Old Trafford will have provided a tremendous boost around Manchester United, but few have reacted as positively as the man he is most likely to replace in the Red Devils starting XI: Ashley Young.
Not for the first time this season, the Englishman turned in a performance of the highest quality at Old Trafford. His successful cross for Ander Herrera’s opening goal, means he has now has registered more league assists this season than he had in his previous two seasons combined – six.
6 – Ander Herrera’s goal tally in his debut season at Old Trafford.
Herrera’s arrival at Old Trafford may have failed to attract the kind of attention created by the signing of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, but it is fair to say that he has proven the pick of Louis van Gaal’s season signings.
The Spaniard made it six for the campaign – with only his seventh shot on target – as the Red Devils took a well-deserved lead against Arsene Wenger’s Gunners. Having escaped from Hector Bellerin, he displayed perfect timing to arrive at the far post, before despatching Ashley Young’s excellent cross.
After a difficult start to life in the Premier League, the second half of the season has seen Herrera emerge as the centrepiece of Van Gaal’s rejuvenated midfield. At just 24 years of age, his ability to score goals from midfield will be integral for the club moving forward.
1 – The number of shots managed by Radamel Falcao yesterday afternoon.
His Spanish teammate may be excelling in the final third, but Radamel Falcao is having no such luck. This tie concluded in yet another goal-less afternoon for the Colombian frontman, whose days at Old Trafford appear increasingly numbered.
With just four goals in 25 appearances prior to this fixture, few would have expected the Monaco loanee to pose a huge threat to Arsenal. True to form, he barely had a sniff, and in 60 minutes he managed just 23 touches and one shot at goal.
Robin van Persie replaced the 29-year-old on the hour mark, and when leaving the pitch he waved to all corners of Old Trafford as if to say farewell. United will have to pay Monaco £46million to make Falcao’s loan switch permanent, but this outcome seems a distant reality.
8 – Manchester United have now gone this many league games without a clean sheet.
Tyler Blackett’s second half own goal condemned the Red Devils to an eight successive Premier League match in which they have failed to keep a clean sheet. This mark’s the club’s worst defensive run since September 2001.
United’s performances have drastically improved throughout the latter half of the season, but question marks still remain over the club’s ability at the back. Expect at least one central defender to arrive at Old Trafford before the 2015/16 kicks-off in August.
Statistics via WhoScored.
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