An exhilarating display of top quality football by two of the most fiercest rivals in recent times saw the Red Devils emerge victorious at the Emirates stadium in London, and hold onto their second spot in the table with 35 points.
The game which kept everyone on their toes was kicked off in a blistering fashion by the Old Trafford outfit, who after just 4 minutes, put one past Petr Cech, and doubled their advantage within 12 minutes of the game via a terrific team goal, which was finished by Jesse Lingard.
The hosts, after their early blues, were in top gear for the rest of the game, as they slammed in a staggering tally of 33 shots in an attempt to find the back of the net.
And though they were able to score right at the beginning of the second half, that was all Arsenal had to show for, courtesy of an out-of-the-world performance by David de Gea in goal.
Lingard sealed the victory for United with his second goal at the one hour mark in a game which saw every bit of drama any football match could possibly have to offer.
From thumping shots to inhuman saves, joyous celebrations to agony, the fixture was a treat for the fans. But that wasn’t all what the historical match had to offer, with one peculiar instance being the most eye-catching one.
The Gunners won a free-kick in the first half, and as Mesut Ozil stepped up to take the set-piece, everything seemed just fine, until, he actually did.
The top quality strike from the German almost cut Red Devils’ lead in half, but his attempt on goal was blocked by Ashley Young, who adopted a “FIFA Tactic” to stop the ball from going into the back of the net.
The United defender quickly sprinted back to his own goal-line as soon as Ozil was about to take the shot, and headed the attempt clear – just like in the game.
Twitter exploded, as the fans applauded the 32-year-old star for bringing the video game into real life.
I think I play too much FIFA. As soon as Young cleared that free-kick I thought “you can’t be doing that, be fair”.
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOE_UK) December 2, 2017
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) December 2, 2017
Ashley Young just went full FIFA, pulled back to the goal line as the free kick was being hit
— Paul Hazell (@BigPaulieH) December 2, 2017
Written by Sidharth Jindal
Sports fanatic with a passion for writing (predominantly football) and “Wants to live life to its fullest.” Writes about the Premier League on his personal blog.