Manchester United showed grit and resilience but ended up on the losing side against Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Unitec took the lead through Marcus Rashford before Lisandro Martinez equalised in the second-half.
Arsenal had equalised through Eddie Nketiah who also scored the winner in added time. Bukayo Saka scored the second for the Gunners.
United show heart
Despite the odds being against the Red Devils because of the absence of Casemiro, United gave it their all and came up just short.
While a few players did not perform according to expectations, the performance of David de Gea, who was culpable for Saka’s goal, was one of the most disappointing.
David de Gea‘s passing and his tendency to stay rooted to the line has come under fire quite a few times.
David de Gea was definitely Arsenal's man of the match today.
We’ll never be a serious team with him.
— Jᴀᴄᴋʏ Hᴇɴᴄʜᴍᴀɴ♦️ (@JackyHenchman) January 22, 2023
But the clash against the league leaders saw the Spaniard make a meal of Saka’s long-ranger.
He seemed to be unsighted in the beginning but his feet placement was all wrong as he was stuck to the other side was slow to react.
This is not the first time he has failed to save a straight-forward attempt. He had made a meal of the shot that saw Everton equalise in the FA Cup was culpable for two of Brentford’s goals early on in the season.
DDG fails big test
His shot-stopping was below-par as was his passing.
Quite a few times, his passing was erratic under pressure as he kicked long and ended up conceding possession.
The Spanish shot-stopper has been tipped to be replaced next summer but quite a few targets seem to be out of reach of the Red Devils.
His contract extension is also on the line but his performances at crucial junctures have left a lot to be desired.
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