After producing a rather drab opening, Monday night's clash between Manchester United and Arsenal was jolted into life with Scott McTominay's bagging a stunner on the verge of half-time. Very little action ensued in the first 27 minutes and the matchup entering the record books as one to have ensured the longest wait for a shot on goal in a Premier League game this season basically told the whole story.
1 - Scott McTominay's goal was his first at Old Trafford in his 25th appearance at the ground in all competitions. Opener. #MUNARS— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 30, 2019
Nevertheless, two moments of brilliance were apparently not far away although the narrative could have been different had Arsenal been more clinical. Against the run of play, Bukayo Saka almost grabbed the lead for the Gunners after breaking away from Andreas Pereira on the half-way line, but the youngster saw his effort parried away by David De Gea.
The Spanish shot-stopper subsequently reacted swiftly to deny Matteo Guendouzi from finding the back of the net from the rebound. The resulting corner-kick then altered the dynamics of the game with a quick break away by Manchester United resulting in a goal. Its main actors consisted of Andres Pereira, Daniel James, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay and it was the latter that fired a long-range effort to hand the Red Devils the lead at home.
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