Having suffered heartache in opposition to Sheffield United, Manchester United stumbled once more in opposition to a well-drilled Arsenal in a 0-0 draw on the Emirates.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect have now dropped three factors of their previous 4 Premier League fixtures and now discover themselves three factors adrift of their arch-rivals Manchester Metropolis after Edinson Cavani squandered a few probabilities within the closing phases of the sport.
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The Gunners got here closest to breaking the impasse after Alexandre Lacazette hit the bar from a direct free-kick earlier than Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe compelled high-quality saves from David de Gea.
While the Crimson Devils loved the lion’s share of possession, they lacked the standard within the closing third to win the sport, with centre-forward Cavani the primary perpetrator.
The summer time recruit from Paris Saint-Germain endured an evening to overlook on the Emirates as he was stored at bay by the mixed efforts of David Luiz and Rob Holding, with the pair teaming as much as forestall him from discovering the again of the online.
Cavani, who has scored 4 targets in 14 top-flight appearances, bizarrely missed two massive probabilities over the course of the sport, which was probably the most of any participant from both aspect on the pitch, together with Paul Pogba.
The £10m-rated 33-year-old misplaced 4 of his six duels total (66%) as he was outmuscled by the likes of Luiz and Holding, and failed to finish a profitable dribble from his solitary try.
He was additionally largely nameless as he struggled to earn a foothold within the sport, taking simply 30 touches of the ball, the fewest out of any United participant barring his teammates Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay.
Nevertheless, his lack of management would be the least of Solskjaer’s concern, as he appears to have misplaced his final touch, incomes himself a low ranking of 6.0 within the course of, per SofaScore, which was the bottom out of each United participant on the pitch, and everybody in whole.
It was a uncommon blemish on what has in any other case been a powerful first season in English soccer – his common SofaScore match ranking within the Premier League is 6.86 – however he badly let Solskjaer down as they’ve now misplaced floor to Pep Guardiola’s aspect within the title race on the prime of the desk.
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