5 Things We Learned From Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal


1. Herrera is becoming United’s most important player

Few players settle in at a big club as quickly as the Spaniard has at Old Trafford. The 25-year-old scores, creates, tackles and is one of United’s most reliable players. He’s scored as many goals as he’s had shots on targets this season, and was United’s match winner today with a fine volley.

 

2. Final nail in Falcao’s coffin

With Rooney out injured, Falcao had a big opportunity to at least make a final impression at Old Trafford. But the Colombian produced another below par display and is still without a goal since January - the longest drought of his career. United will surely cut their losses on the most expensive loan signing in their history. 

 

3. Ashley Young makes another statement to Van Gaal

New signing Memphis Depay won’t walk straight into this United team as long as Ashley Young continues to electrify on the wing. The former Aston Villa man has been United’s best player in recent weeks and his assist for Herrera’s goal was another impressive moment.

 

4. De Gea’s farewell?

De Gea, who was spotted in Madrid last week, left the field early with an injury and, given how Old Trafford rose in unison to applaud him off, United fans sense he may be off to Real Madrid in the summer. He was excellent again today and United will be hard pressed to find a better replacement.

 

5. Walcott is the man for an emergency

Arsenal’s equaliser came courtesy of a lucky deflection that left Victor Valdes helpless, but Walcott created the opportunity by running at the petrified Tyler Blackett and making his own luck. His speed and eye for goal make him an ideal late sub - and he’s helped Arsenal take a point in a game where they were outplayed for long periods.