Luke Shaw said it is ‘unacceptable’ that Manchester United only left the Emirates with a point if they want to win the title.
Anybody who has watched Manchester United this season will no doubt be wondering how they are in with any shout of the title. They have been, for the most part, poor. Yet somehow they are at the top of the table and feel they can win the title this year.
Going into the game against Arsenal, United were coming off the back of a defeat at the hands of Sheffield United, who had won only one other game all season. Arsenal, on the other hand, had collected 16 points from a possible 18.
This was never going to be an easy game for United to win, as we saw.
‘We didn’t look like we wanted to play,” said Shaw. “We created the chances and failed to score again and it cost us two points. At times we were too slow. Second half we were sloppy and gave the ball away.
“We dropped points in midweek and again here. If we want to be in the title race, we have to be winning these games. I don’t know what more to say.
“The chances we had, I don’t think it’s acceptable to come away with a point.
“I felt we were in control. Arsenal had a spell but we were comfortable and had countless massive chances we haven’t taken.”
United had as many chances as Arsenal, as you can read below.
“Every game in the Premier League is tight but the two you’re talking about we feel we were close to winning them,” added Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after taking some biased pills as he talked about the goalless draws with Liverpool and Arsenal.
“We had two massive chances against Liverpool and two massive chances today that were put wide. To get those four extra points we need a little bit more quality and to be more clinical.
“Today with the chances we had we feel that we should have won it, but then you have to score to win.
“Definitely that’s something I want my forwards to sort out. They’ve scored so many goals throughout their careers.”
You’ll notice that OGS only talks about the chances his side missed as if, somehow, that’s all that happened during the game. Willian had a chance to win it for Arsenal, Alexandre Lacazette hit the bar with David de Gea flailing and Mikel Arteta’s men had a host of other chances, ending the game with the same number of chances created at United – 10 while outshooting them 17 – 14, including six blocked shots to United’s three.
Watching the match and looking at the stats after the game, there was little to separate the sides. Had Arsenal been able to call upon Kieran Tierney, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, however, they would have smashed this United side.
There was also no mention of how Bruno Fernandes should have saw red early on for deliberately raking his studs down Granit Xhaka‘s Achilles with zero intention of playing the ball.
It’s rare to get a photograph that shows intent, let alone as clearly as this one does when you pay attention to Fernandes’ eyes. He had no intention of doing anything other than what he did and, despite a VAR review, got away with it.
As it stands, Arteta is still unbeaten against United in his three games in charge.
He said after the game, “I thought it was a fair result.
“I think both managers probably think they should have won it. I think it was a big game. I think we played face-to-face against each other. I think both teams wanted to win it. None of us scored a goal so it’s impossible to win.
“The fact we had three of our best players out probably has an impact [on the game] but I’m really happy with the players that played today and how we tried and most importantly how the game developed at the end. In the second half we were so dominant and had some big chances to win it.”
For the record, Solskjaer has now faced Arsenal five times as United manager. in the Premier League. He has won none of them, making him the only United coach to face Arsenal in the league more than once without a win.