It’s been a night of rarities so far for Manchester United as they host a buoyant Arsenal.
With Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku benched once again, this fixture was always likely to provide intrigue in seeing how United would cope, even if an ever-increasing amount of the United faithful have mentally checked out until the regime changes.
That interest has come to pass as the game hits half-time.
United were lively to begin with, without threatening a great deal. Perhaps a slight hangover from the successful North London derby was in effect, as Arsenal were slightly off the pace.
It was the visitors who took the lead via an unlikely source.
A Lucas Torreira corner found Shkodran Mustafi, and the German fired a header at goal. It was headed into the ground, and this was enough to wrong-foot the usually reliable David De Gea, who mishandled it right over the line for the opener.
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Thankfully for the hosts, Anthony Martial equalised just minutes later after some weak defending at the other end of the Old Trafford pitch.
While it spares United’s blushes heading into the second half, it does represent just their fifth goal in five games – an indictment of their troubles that only tells half of the story.
A win tonight would put them ahead of Bournemouth, and possibly above Everton into sixth, depending on how the Toffees fare against Newcastle.