Manchester United’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via the top four are all but over after defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.
José Mourinho’s side made eight changes in the wake of their Europa League exploits against Celta Vigo on Thursday night, with Axel Tuanzebe given a Premier League debut at right-back and the likes of David de Gea, Juan Mata and captain Wayne Rooney returning to the side.
The first half was a even, if not outstanding, affair between the two sides, but the game turned on a three-minute spell early in the second half, as Granit Xhaka’s effort from distance deflected off Ander Herrera and looped over a despairing De Gea to give Arsene Wenger’s side the lead.
Former United man Danny Welbeck then put the game to bed, losing Chris Smalling and heading home from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross, handing the Gunners all three points and potentially giving them a way back into the top four race.
For the Reds, there were very little positives to take from the encounter, despite Mourinho’s claim that he was ‘not disappointed’ with his side’s performance. Here are four things we learned from the Emirates today: