Neither Manchester United nor Arsenal looked desperate to find a late winner at the Emirates as the two sides shared the points in a tight Premier League match.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still yet to seal a league victory against the Gunners. A lack of urgency from both teams summed the game up although it was not a dull watch.

It will come as no surprise to see that United’s three best players came from their back four. The attackers failed to create enough and did not convert the chances that were carved out.

Harry Maguire

The Sheffield-born centre-back was solid at the back. He had a couple of difficult moments against a lively Alex Lacazette and fouled the Frenchman in the trickiest of those moments. On the whole, though, Maguire was a crucial part of United’s cleansheet. He provided a superb block against Nicolas Pepe in the second half with the winger’s shot almost certain to have beaten De Gea.

Arsenal's English defender Rob Holding (centre right) jumps for the ball with Manchester United's Swedish defender Victor Lindelof (C) and Manchester United's English defender Harry Maguire (center left) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 30, 2021. (Photo by Andy Rain / POOL / AFP)
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He won more aerial duels than anyone else on the pitch, made two blocks, and two clearances. It was also the fact that he stepped out of defence with the ball when United needed someone to drag them forward that was positive. Maguire provides that not frequently but when it’s needed.

 

Luke Shaw

Shaw’s set piece taking has improved greatly since the arrival of Alex Telles. His corners constantly tease United’s tallest players – Maguire, Pogba and Cavani. It’s a great string to his bow and a credit to him and the United coaching staff.

In open play, Shaw defended well enough, though left Maguire to cover for him on a couple of occasions, and drove forward down the wing. He took part in United’s nicest move, passing to Fred who clipped it to Martial before Shaw took it on and crossed it to Cavani.

He’s come on a lot in recent weeks and is a reliable creator of chances, more so than any player in the United side except Bruno Fernandes.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Wan-Bissaka found himself in a shooting position on two occasions. Has that ever happened before? Probably not. He sent a header wide and couldn’t get a good enough shot away, but he contributed in attack. A wonderful cross was steered wide by Cavani when it probably should have been scored. The numbers below tell the story of Wan-Bissaka’s impressive night.

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