Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Monday was nothing like the high-octane fixture long-time fans would have been used to.
A game that was largely played in the second-half, the Theatre of Dreams had little to see with regard to spirited team play and individual brilliance.
Scott McTominay’s late first-half goal was arguably the best shot of the night while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s equalizer gave the crowd a taste of VAR justice.
If anything, the game was a stronger indication of the things wrong at both clubs and the mistakes both gaffers are prone to making.
In Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s case injuries make up a large crux of the issues, although it isn’t exactly the best possible excuse either.
The Gunners clash also saw Aaron Wan-Bissaka being left out of the matchday squad.
When questioned about the full-back’s absence prior to the game, Solskjaer replied: “He has been ill over the weekend so that was a decision we finally made yesterday. Hopefully we will have him back soon.”
It was also claimed that tonsillitis was the specific reason behind the Englishman’s absence, akin to what kept Mason Greenwood away in a recent game.
Wan-Bissaka’s absence was felt sorely throughout the game. For much of the fixture, players from both sides were incapable of maneuvering effective tackles, a feat the former Crystal Palace player fulfilled with ease.
Then again, the rainy nature of the pitch at Old Trafford likely had much to contribute to that as well.
Axel Tuanzebe fulfilled his role at the right-flank on Monday night and did a pretty decent job at it.
Such an injury went on to further illustrate just how poorly stocked United is with regard to players in crucial spots. This is swiftly proving to be a big reason behind their undoing this season.