Manchester United dropped points at Old Trafford, as they were held to a goalless draw in their Premier League Matchday 27 encounter on Super Sunday.
The Red Devils went about trying to get on the scoresheet first in what was an open display from both teams, but things went sour for United as summer recruit and Brazilian midfielder Casemiro was sent off in the 34th minute for a dangerous tackle on Southampton’s Carlos Alcaraz. The dismissal means that Casemiro will be unavailable for United’s next four Premier League fixtures, as this was his second red card of the campaign.
Southampton had opportunities to get on the scoresheet and came close to doing so through Englishman James Ward-Prowse, but his free-kick attempts missed the target by whiskers.
Efforts by Theo Walcott and Kyle Walker-Peters for Southampton and Bruno Fernandes for Manchester United failed to break the deadlock, as both teams settled for a share of the spoils. The Red Devils are now 16 points adrift of table-toppers Arsenal in the Premier League standings, while Southampton gains a point that could aid their survival chances.
Elsewhere, the London derby fixture between Fulham and Arsenal ended with the Gunners opening up a five-point lead at the summit of the Premier League, following a resounding 3-0 victory at Craven Cottage.
Mikel Arteta’s side had the ball in the net early on, but their effort was chalked off as Gabriel Martinelli was adjudged to be in an offside position in the build-up. Not long after, the Gunners had the opening goal through Brazilian defender Gabriel who headed Leandro Trossard’s cross home.
Arsenal soon increased their advantage, this time from Gabriel Martinelli in the 27th minute as he connected with a cross from Leandro Trossard to make it 2-0.
Trossard who was in inspiring form all afternoon, soon made it a hat-trick of assists as he turned provider for skipper Martin Odegaard who curled home. The Belgian international became the first player in Premier League history to register three assists in the first half of a PL fixture.
The tie saw the return of Brazilian hitman Gabriel Jesus, who made his long-awaited appearance in three months after being sidelined through injury. Arsenal have now re-established their five-point lead over closest challengers and reigning champions Manchester City as the Premier League run-in reaches squeaky bum time.
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FULL-TIME AT CRAVEN COTTAGE: Fulham 0-3 Arsenal
FULL-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Southampton
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT CRAVEN COTTAGE: Fulham 0-3 Arsenal
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Southampton
HALF-TIME AT CRAVEN COTTAGE: Fulham 0-3 Arsenal
HALF-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Southampton
GOOOAAALLL!!! Fulham 0-3 Arsenal (M. Odegaard)
34′ MIN: Casemiro is sent off following a challenge on Carlos Alcaraz, with the decision being confirmed by the VAR.
RED CARD!!! For Manchester United
27′ MIN: It’s two for the Gunners, Leandro Trossard again the provider, with Gabriel Martinelli heading past Bernd Leno.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Fulham 0-2 Arsenal (G. Martinelli)
21′ MIN: Leandro Trossard’s corner is headed home by defender Gabriel.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Fulham 0-1 Arsenal (Gabriel)
KICK-OFF AT CRAVEN COTTAGE: Fulham 0-0 Arsenal
KICK-OFF AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Southampton
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