Talking Points: Arsenal 0 United 0
Manchester United were held 0-0 by a resolute Arsenal side at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League, ensuring a club record run of unbeaten games on the road in the division.
Frustrated by Mikel Arteta’s side, the Reds were unable to apply the decisive finish despite Edinson Cavani, Fred and Bruno Fernandes all among those going close.
Below are all the essential discussion points from a tight encounter in north London…
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RECORD ON THE ROAD
The Reds have now broken new ground in terms of consistency away from home. After equalling the club record for league games unbeaten on the road against Fulham – the result against the Gunners means we have now gone 18 consecutive away matches in the Premier League without tasting defeat (13 wins and five draws). Since the run began, back in February 2020, we have picked up 44 away points with Manchester City next best on 27.
KEEPING IT CLEAN
David De Gea has now kept 150 clean sheets in full appearances in all competitions for Manchester United, we consider him to have reached the milestone against Liverpool because he was substituted when enjoying a shut-out.
A dangerous free kick from Fernandes was one of numerous good chances created by United in the first half and the Portuguese midfielder’s strike might have seen us go ahead before the interval, had it not been for David Luiz. Part of the wall, the Brazilian did just enough with his head to direct the ball over the crossbar. So pleased was the defender with his intervention that he broke into celebration, punching the air.
FINGERTIPS STOP FRED STUNNER
With just one Premier League goal for United since joining the club in 2018, Fred nearly doubled his tally in the opening 45 minutes. From a corner, the ball fired out towards the midfielder who was poised on the edge of the area. He looked to have placed the ball into the top corner perfectly, but Bernd Leno was able to get across just in time to turn it away.
MCTOMINAY UNDER THE WEATHER
Concern for Scott McTominay in the first half saw the midfielder substituted in just the 37th minute. Suffering from what has been described as a stomach cramp, the Scotland international had been trying to continue – but was clearly in plenty of discomfort and was replaced by Anthony Martial. We wish Scott a speedy recovery.
NO LET-UP IN THE SCHEDULE
After completing what was our ninth game in January, the condensed Premier League season sees the Reds in action again on Tuesday as Southampton arrive at Old Trafford for the first in a run of three home games. February is set to be another busy month with eight matches crammed into just four weeks.