Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham all dropped points this weekend meaning that a win for either Manchester United or Arsenal would be massive in the race for the Premier League. Arsenal were looking to climb five points clear at the top of the table whereas three points for Man United would lift them above rivals City and back into title contention.
Neither side settled down particularly quickly with everyone understandably nervous. The crowd were loud from the off, hoping to roar their team to victory. The Red Devils got off to the better start, Robin Van Persie expertly heading home from a corner to take the lead against his former club.
The rest of the first half was fairly scrappy and the only real moment of note was the injury to Nemanja Vidic, having to leave the field with a knock to the head, replaced by Tom Cleverly.
In the second half, Arsenal pressed forward and put the reigning champions under a lot of pressure. They produced some fantastic chances but just couldn’t find the breakthrough. They made all of the running but a resolute Manchester United defence held on for a brilliant win at Old Trafford.
The result leaves Arsenal top, but Liverpool and Southampton close in on them, moving to two and three points behind them respectively. Man United on the other hand move up to fifth and are right back in it at the top.