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Giroud's late header harsh on Mourinho's stuttering United
By Chris
November 19 2016


Honours even

Olivier Giroud headed home late on to cancel out Juan Mata Garcia's opener, and deny Manchester United the victory that their Old Trafford performance largely warranted.

With 22 minutes remaining, Mata's finish broke the deadlock as he connected with a pull-back from midfield partner Ander Herrera.

However, the Gunners snatched a point with their only attempt on target; French forward Giroud rising highest to nod Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross beyond David de Gea.

Jose Mourinho will be furious his charges failed to win a game they controlled for long periods, with three points likely to have injected fresh life into United's mixed campaign.

Denied a penalty when Nacho Monreal felled Antonio Valencia, and with Petr Cech equal to four of United's five attempts on target, the away side rode their luck and will be thankful to have escaped with a point that keeps them six points ahead of the Red Devils.

United, returning to action after 13 days, have won 3 of their last 9 games, and now face a pivotal home Europa League clash against Feyenoord on Thursday, in the second of four successive home matches.

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