Manchester United slumped to a poor away defeat against Arsenal on Sunday, as Jose Mourinho’s men lost 2-0. The game put an end to their long unbeaten record in the Premier League, as well as ending our hopes at finishing in the top four.
On the whole, it was a scrappy game until the real turning point came just as the second half was getting going. Granit Xhaka found the back of the net, thanks to a wicked deflection off Ander Herrera.
Shortly after, replays shown that the Basque-born midfielder ducked as the ball approached him, and in all likelihood, that is why the ball found the back of the net.
It’s fair to say that Gary Neville wasn’t best pleased with the efforts of the central midfielder, and he expected the former Bilbao man to do much better; by standing up and taking it on the chin.
“Herrera turned his back [for Xhaka’s goal] and it means there was a wicked loop on it which left De Gea with absolutely no chance,” he said, as per The Metro.
“You shouldn’t turn your back. Herrera’s had a good season but he should not have done that. He’s got to stand up and take it on the chin.”
To be honest, Neville is absolutely spot on. United needed him to just take one full in the face for the good of the team there, but he didn’t do that and that’s how Arsenal took the lead.
I guess it’s easy for me to say sat here writing about it, but Neville knows from experience, and I’m pretty certain that he would have taken it in the face if it meant the opponents chances of finding the back of the net were reduced.
Anyway, it’s all on Thursday nights game against Celta Vigo now. We’re absolutely begging for a positive result in that one, or else this season as a whole could go down as a complete failure.