Even though Manchester United's newfound linchpin ended up scoring a goal, it was Arsenal's goal that showed some of the frailties in Sir Alex Ferguson's team - which leads up to a sub-question: is the midfield pairing of Michael Carrick/Phil Jones enough to bring United the victories they crave, especially in the European stage? Let us then break Arsenal's goal down and see what Manchester United did and didn't do.
- 1. Van Persie misplaces the pass
- 2. Gibbs quickly passes the ball to Cazorla
- 3. Poor positioning from Manchester United midfield
Cazorla has all the time in the world to pick his pass. Both Phil Jones (red) and Michael Carrick (orange) have their eyes on the ball - Carrick having Ramsay on his radar -, apparently oblivious to Rosicky.
- 4. Poor positioning from Manchester United midfield
- 5. Where's Evra?
- 6. Evra's man-marking does not work
- 7. Walcott too quick to catch
- 8. Arsenal score
In case the breakdown was too confusing, take a look at the play and see for yourself.