Manchester United lost 3-2 against Arsenal in the Premier League. Let’s not pretend it is the end of the world because it’s not. We played well without our best player away from home against the league leaders and almost came away with a point.
I don’t think now is the time to throw our toys out of the pram because that would be on the basis of expecting a title charge from this side. It would bizarre to change our objectives for the season for something that seems out of reach.
United’s performance at the Emirates set a marker down. These are the best two performing teams in England right now and, for a neutral at least, it would up there with the best games played this season.
Here are three things we learned from the game.
Marcus Rashford scores at the Emirates Stadium for the first time
United’s in-form attacker can’t stop scoring goals at the moment. He netted a shot from distance against Arsenal today and I thought we’d go from strength to strength after opening the scoring, but sadly it wasn’t to be as Arsenal kept pushing at the end to score a late winner.
Rashford’s 17th goal of the season was his first at the Emirates – on his eight appearance at Arsenal’s stadium. The first of many.
Goal #1 for Lisandro Martinez
Although we lost the game 3-2, the second goal saw another milestone for a United player. It saw Martinez register his first goal for the goal since joining from Ajax in the summer.
He celebrated it like a World Cup winner.
United are a completely different team with Casemiro
Arsenal knew they had a big advantage over United today. Going to north London without our best player, Casemiro, was just something we had to get on with.
Scott McTominay was tasked with replacing the Brazilian but we always knew he wouldn’t have the same impact on the game. The Scotland international doesn’t possess the same aura as the five-time European Cup winner.