Manchester United defeated Aston villa 2-1 this evening thanks to a late Scott McTominay goal. The game had lots to live up to after Arsenal’s 6-0 hammering of West Ham, but the encounter at the London Stadium remained the most entertaining game of the weekend.
Arsenal’s rivals have been on good form this month, and have continued their trend of winning in February. The Red Devils are yet to be defeated this year, and has scored an impressive 15 goals in their last five games. With their positive form, Manchester United manager, Erik Ten Hag, has gained an increased confidence in his side.
Following his victory over former Arsenal boss, Unai Emery, Erik Ten Hag boldly revealed that he believes that “We [Manchester United] can beat anyone.”
He then continued, and claimed, “We deserved to win at Arsenal, we could have won at Liverpool.”
In the game in question, Arsenal walked away as victors after relying on a 96th minute winner from Declan Rice, before Gabriel Jesus sealed the game in the 101st minute. Despite being held to a 1-1 draw for the majority of the game, it would be disingenuous to say that Arsenal didn’t deserve to be leading.
Arsenal lead the Manchester outfit on possession, and used it to their advantage as they recorded seven more shots than Ten Hag’s side. In the attacking department, the Gunners also boasted more corners, shots on target, big chances, over 2.4 times more expected goals and forced more saves on André Onana.
In the midfield, the Gunners also dominated, and achieved more passes, 2 times more dribbles and won more duels than their Manchester United counterparts.
Ten Hag was left unhappy after the game as Alejandro Garnacho’s 89th minute winner was chalked off for a VAR offside call. In his post-match interview at the Emirates, Ten Hag ranted, “It was not an offside (for Garnacho’s goal). It was the wrong angle… and there was a penalty on Højlund, and foul on Evans (for Rice’s goal).”
Despite claiming Garnacho’s goal was wrongfully disallowed at full-time, it was concluded that VAR came to the correct conclusion after the game.
It is possible that he still believes that those refereeing decisions were poor calls, and therefore Manchester United would have felt robbed of a victory. However, the two sides face each other in the penultimate game of the season in May, and that is where Arsenal can prove that United cannot beat anyone.