Ratings: Scott McTominay MOTM against Arsenal; Daniel James rivalling him with pace an ability. United need a massive improvement!

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Manchester United drew 1-1 with Arsenal at Old Trafford in the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lacked a lot in the game, especially in the first half until a last-minute goal from Scott McTominay. The second half was poor at times, especially with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring the equaliser with both teams lacking the ability to find a winner.

United started the match in fine fettle, breaking forward and trying to capitalise early in the game, however it was not going to be that easy against Arsenal, a fiery affair at the Theatre of Dreams. Axel Tuanzebe, playing at left-back rather than right-back really earned his opportunity to start this game and proved he is ready for this first team.

Andreas Pereira nearly scored the opening goal just before the half hour mark after a quick run into the box, getting the better of David Luiz and firing his shot goal wards. However, Bernd Leno got his palm to the effort and averted conceding the first goal of the game. Arsenal then showed some positivity, aiming to get forward themselves, to no avail.

Moments after David De Gea performed a double save to deny Arsenal, Daniel James raced up the pitch, played the ball into Marcus Rashford, who fluffed his lines. The ball was then played out to Paul Pogba, who missed the connection, it rolling to Scott McTominay, who took a second and fired a beautiful shot into the back of the net with Leno watching.

After a good early start in the second half, United soon allowed Arsenal to apply the pressure on them. United should have been aiming for that second goal to give them a cushion but were not fully taking the chances they had created. Arsenal got an equaliser in the 58th minute through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was flagged offside with VAR giving it.

Solskjaer made a double substitution in the 74th minute taking off Jesse Lingard and Pereira with Fred and Mason Greenwood replacing them. United then sought to attack and find what could be a winner in this 1-1 stalemate at this late stage of the game. That was what it was after 90 minutes, an avoidance of a defeat, one goal scored. More to do.

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Goals: Scott McTominay 45′; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 58′

Assists: Marcus Rashford 45′; Bukayo Saka 58′

Manchester United: De Gea; Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Pogba; Pereira (Greenwood 74′), Lingard (Fred 74′), James; Rashford

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Rojo, Williams; Mata, Matic

Bookings: Marcus Rashford 27′, Andreas Pereira 32′, Ashley Young 41′, Jesse Lingard 68′; Calum Chambers 10′, Granit Xhaka 77′

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I support Manchester United, the greatest English football team to have ever existed. Bruno Fernandes is the latest in a long line of players with great ability to play for the club. I idolised Bryan Robson, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, and Eric Cantona growing up.