Football: Manchester United hand Arsenal last-gasp defeat
Manchester United handed Arsenal and outgoing manager Arsene Wenger a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in a crunch encounter of the Premier League. The victory ensured United are a step closer to second-place finish in the table. Jose Mourinho completed a double over Wenger this season. Marouane Fellaini struck at injury-time to win it for United. Here is what happened.
The Mancunian club went ahead with Paul Pogba scoring from a tap-in after Alexis Sanchez's header rebounded off the post from Hector Bellerin's block. Former United player Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored an equalizer on his Old Trafford return since January. The game looked to have been going in a 1-1 direction until the hosts went direct and Fellaini struck with a header during injury-time.
Since 2011-12, this was the first instance when United completed the double over Arsenal. The injury-time goal by Marouane Fellaini was the first instance of United scoring the same against them in the Premier League. Paul Pogba has been a charm for United as the side has won all games in which he has scored. This was Arsenal's 6th successive away loss in PL.
Arsene Wenger was given a tribute by United and Sir Alex Ferguson prior to the start at Old Trafford. The Frenchman, who shared a long rivalry with the Scot over the years, was greeted by Alex on the touchline and was presented with a gift. Wenger then called upon Mourinho to join the short ceremony as three elite managers in one frame delighted fans.
Earlier reports had claimed that Alexis Sanchez had left Arsenal in a toxic manner and his relationship with several players had turned sour before his controversial move to United. But the Chilean quashed all the rumours as he was seen greeting every Arsenal player ahead of the game. The player also welcomed Wenger and hugged him in the dug-out before the game started.