Arsenal vs. Manchester United: 5 Things We Learned

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Arsenal vs. Manchester United: 5 Things We Learned
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Boos rang out at the Emirates Stadium from Arsenal fans as Manchester United produced a superb defensive performance that completely frustrated and negated the Gunners during the 0-0 draw between the two giants.

In truth, the draw will do neither side any real favors, but there is little doubt that the Red Devils will be the happier side.

Going into the match both teams were under increasing pressure. Arsene Wenger had called upon his team to respond in kind after they were demolished 5-1 by Liverpool last time out. David Moyes was looking for his team to respond in a similar way, having drawn 2-2 with lowly Fulham.

To say that Moyes is under pressure during his first tumultuous season at Manchester United would be one of the understatements of the season. United have lost eight of 26 games this term and look cut adrift in the chase to finish in the top four.

United put in an excellent defensive display with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand standing out and David De Gea brushed his recent troubles aside to make a number of top saves

Arsenal looked bedraggled in midfield and found it next to impossible to breach United's well-marshalled defense. 

Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverly played deep in midfield and guarded the space in front of the defense jealously. With Ferdinand back in the team, United defended deeply and Arsenal found it extremely difficult to create anything of note.

Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mesut Ozil, in particular, were desperately poor in possession and could not find a way past Carrick and Cleverly. With United playing so deeply and with Arsenal bereft of pace in the wide positions, the Gunners were forced to resort to long balls from the full-backs as Olivier Giroud lived on scraps.

As the game wore on, Arsenal lacked real leadership and looked rudderless while Manchester United will be quietly happy with a gritty and determined performance.

Both teams, however, should be worried by their current form and by the momentum that Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur appear to be building as the season turns towards the final straight.

Here, Bleacher Report offers five things we learned from Arsenal vs. Manchester United...



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