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Shamoon Hafez

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  1. Goodbye

    United players

    Unlike Nacho Monreal, unfortunately we can't run all day.

    It was not the result United wanted but Arsenal will be happy with a point. Have a read of Phil McNulty's report from Old Trafford and stay across the BBC Sport website for more reaction.

    Arsenal face Sunderland during the week, before the big finish next Sunday, where the remaining loose ends in the Premier League will be tied up.

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. Marauding Monreal

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    A quick look at Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal who was up and down that left flank for Arsenal this afternoon. What an engine he has got..

    Nacho Monreal
  3. More manager reaction

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, speaking to BBC Sport: "I think David De Gea has a hamstring injury."

    Asked if he could reassure United fans that De Gea would stay, amid interest from Real Madrid? "No, I cannot. But a transfer is a process, involving a player, a club and his present club. He has to choose. It's not easy to choose between two great clubs. He's Spanish and his girlfriend is Spanish, so we would be very happy if he stays."

    Will he stay? "You never know."

  4. More manager reaction

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, speaking to BBC Sport: "It's the third goal in a row we have conceded that has been deflected. That's unlucky, but you can force the luck. I believe that Arsenal are maybe the best team in the league but Chelsea can finish a game.

    "We were better than our opponents for one hour, and we led one-zero, but we have to finish the game. Chelsea can finish the game. We have to improve in this respect for next season.

    "When you see the results we've had against the other top-six sides, they are not so bad. It's against the little clubs, who fight, defend and park the bus, that we have to be cleverer. That is what has made the difference for Chelsea this season."

  5. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Goalkeeper David De Gea might even have played his last game for Manchester United, as it looks like he has suffered a hamstring injury. Could that scupper a move to Real Madrid in the medical? United will be hoping that is the case.

  6. Manager reaction

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal: "You can say we are unlucky because it is the third deflected goal in a row and falls in our net. But I have said it is not unlucky to the players. You have to force luck by finishing games. We are one hour better and 1-0 ahead. You see Arsenal want to come back so you have to stick together and be compact.

    "I have said Arsenal have maybe the best team but Chelsea can finish the game, which Arsenal cannot do and we can't either. That is important. This season we have only finished two games. It is a pity."

    On playing a qualifying round for the Champions League: "We have not yet qualified for Champions League. It is always stressful as you can meet opponent who is halfway through a season already. It is not so easy. I am satisfied we have set our goal and reached that. From what I have seen of the fans they are pleased. But I want more as manager. Next year we will fight for more."

    On David De Gea: "The same thing as I have always said. It is a process for David De Gea. He will not leave us easily as we have a great club and he wants to participate. But he is Spanish. And he could go to a great club. It is difficult for him to decide."

  7. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Stephen Flanagan: The fact Arsenal played so badly today and still took a point should worry United. Quality still lacking all over the pitch!

  8. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Speculation about the future of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, but manager Louis van Gaal is adamant he "won't be leaving easily because it is a difficult decision for him."

    Interesting. Looks like United will dig their heels in.

  9. Vote result

    We've been asking you all afternoon who will finish higher next season out of these two teams.

    The vote is now closed - and the result was as close as the match itself, with 54.9% of you saying the Gunners will edge United.

    Thanks for voting.

    Vote result
  10. Manager reaction

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is frustrated that his players were unable to finish the game against Arsenal after control it for an hour. "It is a pity," he says. Full quotes to come.

  11. Manager reaction

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "They started stronger than us. We were not totally in there but in the second half we dominated completely. Unfortunately we couldn't score a second goal but the chances were there."

    On Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott returning from injury: "Jack is now back to a better level. Theo as well. When they score goals that is a sign. We have a big squad and we are competitive. It was important to bounce back from defeat by Swansea and finish well."

    On this season: "It is important for us, compared to last season, to exist in the big games. I think we've done that. We were slow to start this season but I think we've made progress. We want to secure second or third and start on the front foot next season."

    On the FA Cup final: "It is a performance on the day in a final. It is always 50/50 but we want to turn up and give everything to win. We have learned form last year and we have shown that."

  12. United connection

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    The passing pattern was evident to see and it shows in the stats. Marouane Fellaini gave the ball to Ashley Young 14 times, the same number Antonio Valencia popped it off to Juan Mata. Will Valencia still be holding that position next season though? There's talk of Louis van Gaal bringing in Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton.

  13. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Matt Harding: Objective achieved for Man Utd this season. A few good transfers and we look set for an exciting season next time.

    George Jenkins: Coming from behind to get a barely deserved 1-1 draw in a tedious affair. The stuff of champions.

  14. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Manchester United winger Ashley Young: "You saw the players at the end, we let it slip and let Arsenal back into it. We looked comfortable.

    "I am delighted with my own performance but it is about the team and we showed spirit.

    "I am happy with how things have gone but we would like to have gone out with a win. I am doing well for the team, getting assists and goals and delighted the manager has shown faith in me."

    Ashley Young
  15. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    "We are feeling like we are making progress and want to clinch third place," says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. He seems happy with a point today. Full quotes to come.

  16. Post update

    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Ian Wright: De Gea looked like he was saying goodbye to me. They need a keeper, a defender and a striker with pace.

  17. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Fighting words from Ander Herrera, saying he wants to be a champion at United. Will he be doing that alongside fellow Spaniard David De Gea though?

  18. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Manchester United goalscorer Ander Herrera: "I think we played good in the first half. In the second half we knew they were a good team and were going to attack. It is a pity but they scored.

    "I am happy with my development. I have to keep improving. My first season at a big club and I have played lots of games and scored goals. I want to be as good as possible.

    "I knew it wasn't going to be easy. When you arrive at a massive club it is not easy but I am happy and looking forward to next season. I want to be a champion here."

  19. Text us on 81111

    Laurie in Manchester: Man Utd will never see a result like the 8-2 under LvG , would rather keep the ball than kill a game off.

  20. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Manchester United goalscorer Ander Herrera seems to have come up with a new word saying he knew Arsenal would play "attackly" in the second half.

  21. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Damian Mason: Ramsey very good when moved back in the centre. Must stay there for me. Definitely take the point after the poor 1st half!

    Jamie Watson: Someone needs to explain the importance of CL football to the MU players. Won't get through the qualifiers playing like that.

    Maddy Raman: If he is off to Real Madrid, no hint of it from De Gea. No wave to the crowd, just a low key skulk off the pitch. #pokerface

  22. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Klay Rooney, son of Wayne, scores at the Stretford End with a mini football that he brought along with him.

  23. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Much closer contest in the second half..

  24. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    David De Gea applauds the Manchester United fans

    "Big questions over the goalkeeper, Falcao. Robin van Persie has a year left but will he be happy to be on the bench next season? But the big one for me is David De Gea."

  25. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Wayne Rooney

    Lap of honour from the United players in their last league game at Old Trafford this season. Louis van Gaal is clapping as he walks round. Fair to say, he likes the fans, and they like him.

  26. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Confab between Louis van Gaal and David De Gea on the pitch. "Please stay David, please," the United boss might be saying... Who knows?

  27. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "A game of two halves, Arsenal could have gone on to win it but job done for them. Beat Sunderland in midweek and secure third place.

    "Arsenal were much better in the second half, but both teams need similar players. At the moment Chelsea are far and away the stand-out team. But they will look at Juventus and Barcelona and feel they are way behind them - the Premier League has a lot of catching up to do.

  28. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Louis van Gaal takes the microphone on the pitch: "Dear fans. I want to say thank you to you on behalf on my players. You are amazing. Next year we see each other again. Bye!"

    Incredible man.

  29. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal players applaud their fans

    First Old Trafford point for six years for Arsenal. They will be the happier after this result.


    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Walcott points after scoring for Arsenal

    All over. A point to Manchester, a point to London.


    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Ander Herrera goes into the book. The last act.


    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Juan Mata's ball into the box is scrambled away by Arsenal.


    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Is there a final twist in the tale? Is there a re-write for all the journalists?


    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Last foray forward from Ashley Young, who finds Daley Blind but can't get the ball forward. Eventually he does, but Arsenal defend it well.

  35. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "If Jack Wilshere plays like this I would have him consistently in the starting 11, but he's got to stay injury-free."


    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Two minutes left. David Ospina taking his time over a free-kick at the edge of his area.

  37. Text us on 81111

    Jonathan in London: Van Gaal likes percentage football, there's no killer instinct in this Utd team. Arsenal were there for the taking and we've been passing backwards not forwards!


    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal awarded a free-kick after Antonio Valencia pulls back Mesut Ozil.

    Poor ball which United clear.


    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    David De Gea picks up an injury

    Minimum of five minutes after the injury to David De Gea. Still time..


    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal shoring it up at the back.

    Mathieu Flamini comes on for Alexis Sanchez. Both happy with a point a piece?

  41. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "That's the chance, Marouane Fellaini pulls onto Francis Coquelin, nods it to Robin van Persie on his right foot but leaning back he pulled it over the bar.

    "Jack Wilshere is gliding past Juan Mata, he's been very good since he came on."

  42. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Alexis Sanchez stings the palms of Victor Valdes. Is there a winner in this?

  43. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    Antonio Valencia exchanges passes with Juan Mata on the right before pumping a ball to the far post to Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian heads down to Robin van Persie, but the former Arsenal man's shot is blazed over the bar and into the Stretford End upper.

  44. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Paul lummis: Poor reading of the game, poor positioning, not good enough. Blackett may undo in 15 mins what was built in the first 75.

  45. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    What have United got left to give? It looks like Arsenal who are the more likely to grab a second.

  46. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Richard ‏@Eriatha: Dominate for an hour. Concede from a lucky deflection with 5 minutes left. Standard.

  47. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

    All Arsenal now. They think they can win this..

    Hector Bellerin
  48. Post update

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    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Walcott celebrates his goal

    "Theo Walcott was one on one with Tyler Blackett, he drove it across but it came off Blackett's foot and Valdes was expecting to gather it. Blackett's not got tight enough, he stuck his studs out but Valdes was expecting the cross. It was a fantastic 40-yard ball across to Walcott."

  49. Post update

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal


    Olivier Giroud flicks an effort at the front post, and half the United crowd think it's in, but the ball hits the side netting. Oh so close. He could not have done more.

  50. GOAL

    Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal - Tyler Blackett OG

    Walcott shoots

    Oh dear. On first look it seems like a bad error from Victor Valdes on his debut..

    ..but Theo Walcott won't mind. He weaves in and out of Tyler Blackett, before attempting to fire low across goal. The ball diverts drastically off the United man and sneaks in at the front post. Valdes, wrongfooted, was heading the other way.

    Arsenal barely deserve that, but I did say it was coming the longer the game went on.

  51. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Foul by Juan Mata, you don't see that too often. Seems like such a nice guy.

  52. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Ashley Young keeps drawing Francis Coquelin, who is fouling him all too easily but waving his hands in the air - but he keeps fouling him."

  53. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Corner for United, as Juan Mata trots over to take it. Oh, it's Ashley Young now. Time-wasting perhaps.

    Ball swung in by Young towards Marouane Fellaini, but he can't control it. If he had, he was homing in on David Ospina's goal.

  54. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger looks pensive

    Into the last 10 minutes of the game. Arsene Wenger looks pensive on the Arsenal bench. Nearly a mix-up at the back between a couple of United defenders but no lasting damage. Surely, Louis van Gaal will bring in a defender or two in the summer.

  55. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Andy Donley: De Gea didn't exactly look like he was saying goodbye to the fans... He must be staying! Hope.

    Matthew Ryan: If that's the last we see of De Gea at United I'll be sad, but I'll treasure watching him grow from a timid teen to world class.

  56. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Ouch. Tyler Blackett with a hefty challenge on Theo Walcott, leaving the Arsenal winger floundering. Is there another goal in this game?

  57. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    United look for a way past Arsenal

    United still looking for the elusive second goal. Pass, pass, pass, right, centre, left, but no way through the roadblock.

  58. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Victor Valdes' every touch is applauded warmly by the United fans. Show of support for their new number one?

  59. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    First touch for Victor Valdes in a United shirt, which is a long, punt upfield. Bit different from the tiki-taka he is used to.

  60. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    After a few minutes' stoppage, we are back under way on the pitch. Theo Walcott tries a run in behind the United defence but is signalled offside.

  61. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    David De Gea

    "He's holding his back, is that the last time we see David De Gea here at Old Trafford in a United shirt? It gives us a great opportunity to see Victor Valdes for the first time. Steve Bruce will be looking at this for next Sunday and thinking this is great news for him. He was player of the year two years on the run, but it goes for something at this football club when your player of the year for two straight years is your goalkeeper."

  62. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Phil Johnson: Painfully obvious that United have no pace in the back 4. They need to spend some money there as well this summer.

  63. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    David De Gea

    David De Gea heads down the tunnel. A clap to the Stretford End. Was the a clap to say, 'thank you and goodbye'?


    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Oh dear, has David De Gea made his farewell Old Trafford appearance? Victor Valdes comes on for his Manchester United debut.

    Marcos Rojo also goes off to be replaced by Tyler Blackett.

  65. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Concern for United as David De Gea is on the ground at the moment...


    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere come on.

    Off go Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla.

    What can the two Englishman do?

  67. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's that run again from Aaron Ramsey, getting in on the blind side of Marcos Rojo, Ramsey then lifted it over David De Gea but Rojo managed to just about get there."

  68. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    It's there...or is it? NO!

    Aaron Ramsey breaks clear and chips the ball over the onrushing David De Gea. The ball is heading into the net, but Marcos Rojo scrambles back to hook the ball to safety. That's three clear-cut chances now for the away side.

  69. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Fleeted-footedness from Marouane Fellaini to spin away from a challenge, nicely done. United monopolising possession at the moment, but can't find that killer pass to unlock the Arsenal defence.

    "20 times, 20 times Man United," sing the home crowd.

  70. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Mesut Ozil swings in a free-kick from the left after being brought down by Robin van Persie...

    ...but it's straight out of play. Got to do better.

  71. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Shane Daly: Well..........I don't think Falcao will be at United next season.........bye bye (world's smallest violin)

    Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao
  72. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Santi Cazorlaaaaa! Oh dear. The Spaniard gets his volley all wrong and the ball dribbles into David De Gea. He was free at the back post, in a similar position to fellow countryman Ander Herrera but Cazorla cannot apply the finish.

    Arsenal getting chances now..

  73. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford

    "The standing ovation afforded to Falcao from Old Trafford seemed motivated by sympathy for a striker who has given it everything today but once again come up short. The waves to the crowd may carry significance as it is hard to see what hard evidence he has given Louis van Gaal that might persuade him to complete a permanent deal for the Colombian."

  74. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal growing in the game now. Alexis Sanchez is through on goal, but Marcos Rojo stretches to clear the ball.

  75. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Pathetic defending from Marcos Rojo, totally the wrong side of Olivier Giroud but then a great save from David De Gea. I'm not sure about Rojo yet."

  76. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Olivier Giroud

    CHANCE! Mesut Ozil, the £42.5m man, finally works some magic and find Olivier Giroud. beautiful turn from the Frenchman who leaves Marcos Rojo for dead, but his shot is weak and David De Gea can save with his feet. Should have scored. Should now be level.


    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    "Boooo," from the Arsenal fans.

    Former Arsenal man Robin van Persie comes on to replace Radamel Falcao. A wave goodbye from the Colombian. He's not happy. Looks like he's off.

  78. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Liam Grayhurst: The players respect Wenger but they don't fear him, think it's ok to just turn up and get rewarded with a FA Cup final place.

    Antoine V.: Uhm... Looks like Arsenal want income from that Champions League qualifier... Like against Swansea, they don't seem bothered.

  79. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    You would think that the longer this goes on, the slightly happier Arsenal will be. They have been extremely poor today and will be confident of nicking an equaliser late on.

    Mesut Ozil

    Aaron Ramsey breaks forward and finds Mesut Ozil with his pass, but the German's lay-off is awful and United get the ball away. What does £42.5m get you nowadays?

  80. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    United keeping the ball well, sliding it left and right, making the Arsenal team move. Can they grab the second though?

  81. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Mesut Ozil swings a corner into the United area, which lands on the six-yard box and is cleared by Antonio Valencia. A bit of pinball action before United can get the ball away.

  82. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    #Nels: ....Yeah but can @Alexis_Sanchez do it on a mild Sunday afternoon in Manchester?

  83. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Ander Herrera's been the best player on the pitch, although it's not been hard with what Arsenal have been showing. He's been very influential."

  84. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Juan Mata and Antonio Valencia are causing Arsenal all sorts of problems. The Gunenrs backline is stretching here and there to get the ball away. Marcos Rojo attempts a long drive, but David Ospina gets behind it well to collect. The keeper might have oven gloves on today, he's had his hands kept warm.

  85. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Olivier Giroud stands dejected

    "That was their first attempt and what are we in, the seventh minute of the second half? It's poor from Arsenal. It's as if they have come here as a free game with Sunderland and West Brom at home to come, there's no desire or urgency."

  86. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    First shot for Arsenal, and it is not one to remember. Olivier Giroud with a flicked header into the path of Alexis Sanchez, but the Chilean's left-footed shot is high, wide and not so handsome. Unlike Sanchez himself.

  87. Shot-shy Arsenal

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Olivier Giroud
  88. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was good from Falcao, he rode a few challenges, showed strength and desire but the free kick was taken too quickly and it came to nothing."

  89. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Lovely play from United, carving open the Arsenal defence with intricate play, but Ashley Young's final ball is poor, straight into the welcoming hands of David Ospina. A second goal is coming..

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    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Arsene Wenger

    "Poor start from Arsenal, I thought Arsene Wenger might have given them a mouthful at half time but they need to go up a gear."

  91. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Radamel Falcao, well done lad. Fights and fights to get the ball and earns a free-kick and round of applause from the home fans. They love to see that. It was Carlos Tevez-esque. Is it enough for a permanent deal though?

  92. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Chris Smalling

    Chris Smalling gets a nose bleed - not literally - as he finds himself running with the ball and ending up at the edge of the Arsenal penalty area. He has to pop the ball back to Marouane Fellaini after realising where he was. Captain, leader, legend, indeed.

  93. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    And it's United on the attack immediately in the second half. Antonio Valencia puts in a lovely ball into the box, which Marouane Fellaini rises highest to meet, but he can't get enough on it.

  94. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Thanks for that Jon. Half time cuppas sipped, oranges sucked. Arsenal get the second half under way.

  95. 'United will back Van Gaal'

    Man Utd v Arsenal (16:00 BST)

    MOTD2 Extra

    BBC One

    With Manchester United hosting Arsenal this afternoon, we asked Stoke's Jon Walters, studio guest for MOTD2 Extra, if the Red Devils are set to make a concerted title bid next season?

    "I don't see why not. Louis van Gaal's aim was to be in the top four and I am pretty sure there is going to be a lot of backing for him money-wise this summer with a few more key signings.

    "He has got the basis of the team that he wants and he will be putting his stamp on it. He will be wanting to push on, go for the league, whether he will be close enough I am not sure because Chelsea and Manchester City will make it tough for them. But, I expect them to make a big bid."

  96. Text us on 81111

    Mike, Edinburgh Gooner: Schoolboy defending from the Arsenal. Need to get this defence sorted out for next season.

  97. With age comes wisdom?


    In the BBC Sport Predictor game, it appears that age brings knowledge if you look at the age group table.

    The 13-15 year old age group is currently bottom of our table, followed by the 16-24 year olds.

    Have your say by predicting the outcome of this match here.

  98. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jay Hogaro: Not a bad first season from 25 year old Herrera. Surely only better things to come?

    Christos Papaloizou: Blind & especially Herrera are the best signings we've done. Herrera is everywhere doing everything.

    Dave Payn: Typical Arsenal under Wenger. When there's less pressure they play well. Bring on the pressure and they buckle.

  99. Bristol Rovers promoted to League Two

    Bristol Rovers 1-1 Grimsby (AET) (5-3 on penalties)

    Bristol Rovers are back in the Football League after a season's absence. Rovers and Grimsby couldn't be separated after 120 minutes, but a penalty shootout has given them an emotional victory.

    After five successful spot-kicks to give Rovers a 3-2 lead, Grimsby sub Jon-Paul Pittman blazed over the bar. After two more converted kicks, Lee Mansell sealed Rovers' promotion with a cool finish past James McKeown.

    Joy for the Pirates, but heartache for the Mariners.

  100. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Shots on target from Arsenal in the first half? 0

    Shots off target? 0

    If this is David De Gea's last game at Old Trafford in a United shirt, he might as well not have turned up.

  101. United dominant

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    United brilliant or Arsenal poor?

    Man Utd v Arsenal
  102. Text us on 81111

    Paul: Will someone tell Ozil he is allowed to shoot sometimes. For £40m he has to start taking some responsibility in front of goal instead of taking the easy option every time.

  103. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford

    "Manchester United on top and deserve their lead - Arsenal performing like a team with eyes on the FA Cup Final."

  104. HALF-TIME

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Herrera and Mata celebrate

    Toot toot, end of the first period. United in front and on top.

  105. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was a wonderful set-piece that fooled everybody. Young runs over it, the back four drop deep, Blind ran towards the penalty spot but it hit Smalling. There was great movement, a great set-piece but they were unlucky."

  106. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Ohh so close. Daley Blind is found free on the edge of the box, he clips an effort which is heading into the bottom corner, but blocked by his own man Chris Smalling. England man defending at the wrong end there!

  107. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Again that ball, Ashley Young to Marouane Fellaini on the left flank. Foul by Francis Coquelin. Can United grab a second before half time?

  108. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Wonderful play from Ander Herrera, he goes past three Arsenal players, Aaron Ramsey is left on his bottom, but Radamel Falcao is not expecting the ball."

  109. Post update

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Radamel Falcao

    United controlling the tempo of the game, Arsenal can't get near them. Radamel Falcao is trying his utmost to get on the scoresheet. Working hard but nothing to show for it yet.

  110. Conference play-off final goes to penalties

    Bristol Rovers 1-1 Grimsby (AET)

    It ends 1-1. Penalty time.

    We've got a strategic substitution from Bristol Rovers. Get this... it's a keeper - their manager Darrell Clarke has gone all Louis van Gaal at the World Cup on us. On comes Steve Mildenhall - a penalty specialist, a former Grimsby player who has played for Town in a play-off final. And saved a penalty.

    Steve Mildenhall

    You have to feel sorry for Will Puddy, who has just played for two hours and has been replaced to be denied the chance to grab a slice of glory.

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    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Been all United so far, Arsenal struggling to get back into the game. Phil Jones barges Olivier Giroud out of play, the Frenchman rolls down the banking and into the advertising boards. The free-kick is well dealt with by United's defence. No injury to Giroud, who gets up and skips away.

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    Ander Herrera
  113. Text us on 81111

    James in Bath: United have been going for the right-hand post all game. Really poor from Alexis Sanchez who should have been covering.

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    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Great play from Juan Mata, who finds space in the box and clips a ball to the back post towards Radamel Falcao. The Colombian leaps and heads towards goal but the referee's whistle toots. Free-kick to Arsenal, nothing doing for United.

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford

    Ashley Young

    "Ashley Young's career has been revitalised since the arrival of Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford and he is giving Hector Bellerin a torrid time. This game has lacked a little in intensity, perhaps understandably with the top four places secured, but United currently posing more of a threat than a rather lame Arsenal."

  116. Text us on 81111

    Jack in Durham: I hate the arrogance of those who complain about half and half scarves. It's a great souvenir for people who don't get to see many matches live, like myself who has an Arsenal v Bayern Munich scarf from last year. For all you know that man in the picture may have travelled across the globe for this game and wants something to remember it by.

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    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    A momentary stoppage in play as referee Mike Dean has a word with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil. Professionally done from the man in turquoise and black.

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    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    David Ospina
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    Ander Herrera with another strike, this time with the left foot but it doesn't trouble David Ospina. United pushing for a second.

  120. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    David Simpson: Midfield didn't track back there. Alexis too slow to return. But who was supposed to be marking Herrera from midfield?

    Paul lummis: Wonderful play from Young again, and a wonderfully composed pass into the net from Herrera!!!

    Dennis Ethan: That was the easiest goal Andre Herrera will ever score in his life.

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    Bristol Rovers 1-1 Grimsby (ET)

    Bristol Rovers and Grimsby

    We are into the final 10 minutes in the Conference play-off final at Wembley, with Bristol Rovers and Grimsby locked at 1-1. Tense? You better believe it! Andy Monkhouse has just had a great chance for Rovers but was unable to make proper contact with a clear sight of goal from 10 yards out.

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    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal - Ander Herrera

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Hector Bellerin was attracted to Marouane Fellaini in the middle of the area, that left Ander Herrera unmarked on the back post where Nacho Monreal should have been. Great ball from Ashley Young to the back post and a cool, sidefooted volley from Herrera, a good finish."

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    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal trying to get back into the game but no Gunners player can get onto the end of Mesut Ozil's pass. End to end stuff. Heating up nicely.

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    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

    Got to give a pat on the back to Marouane Fellaini there, who occupied two Arsenal defenders, leaving Ander Herrera free at the back post. United on top now.

  125. GOAL

    Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal - Ander Herrera

    Ander Herrera scores

    Left flank, told you.

    Ashley Young gets Hector Bellerin in a tangle and puts a left-footed ball into the back post, and Spaniard Ander Herrera is on hand to sweep home a volley past David Ospina.

    Old Trafford erupts.

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    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's surprising so far, you want to see goalkeepers tested. The Juan Mata free-kick was poor - do United really want this third place?

    "Radamel Falcao has not looked the same since his knee injury, he wants to show the United fans the player he is but he looks a shadow of himself."

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    Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

    Nearly, nearly! David De Gea almost has a horror moment, running out of his goal as Phil Jones leaves the ball to him. A nick from the Englishman puts the keeper in trouble, but the Spaniard manages to squirm it away. Anxious moments for the home faithful.

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    Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

    Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea seeing plenty of back passes. The last thing he will want today - if it does prove to be his last home game in a United shirt - is to slice one and gift the opposition a goal.

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    Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal


    Half and half
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    Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

    Herrera slips

    Someone send some studs to: Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16.

    Players slipping all over the place. Marcos Rojo the latest.

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    Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Antonio Valencia battles Sanchez for the ball

    "I think Antonio Valencia has grown into the right-back role, he made a great tackle in the Manchester derby and he's looked like a normal right-back."

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    Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

    Another one slips, this time it is Phil Jones, but he recovers by nodding the ball away while stumbling on the ground. Not the most conventional defending you will ever see, but gets the job done.

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    Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

    Memphis Depay scarves

    The merchandise men and women outside Old Trafford have moved as quickly has Louis van Gaal has done in the transfer market.

    They're cashing in by selling Memphis Depay scarves outside the ground. Is it a half-and-half United-PSV one though?

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    Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

    Having watched Radamel Falcao this season, the striker spends more time on the deck than standing up. Does he wear slippers?

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    Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford

    "Maybe too late for Falcao to produce a performance that will influence his long-term Manchester United future but this is still a chance for the Colombian to demonstrate he still possesses some of the instincts that once made him one of the game's most coveted strikers.

    "Plenty of effort so far but, as with most of his Old Trafford career, just not happening for him at the moment."

    Radamel Falcao
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    Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal prodding and probing to find a gap in the United defence but it is standing firm at the moment. The back four turns into a line of six when Juan Mata and Ashley Young get back. Tight so far.

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    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Juan Mata picked put the smallest man in the wall to bend it around, but it was comfortable for the keeper and not a great free kick."

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    Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

    Juan Mata to Ashley Young on the left flank is the outlet ball from Manchester United at the moment. Can the England man whip is the perfect delivery for Radamel Falcao?

  139. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Salfordian: David De Gea to stay at Old Trafford or I'll eat Paddy Ashdown's hat.

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    Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

    ...but it's a weak one. Straight into the hands of goalkeeper David Ospina who gathers with ease. Poor from the Spaniard. There was no pace in it and a good chance wasted.

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    Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

    Free-kick taken by Juan Mata...

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    Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

    Neat play from Arsenal, but Alexis Sanchez gets another tough challenge, this time from Ashley Young. United break to the other end and Juan Mata earns a free-kick on the edge of the area after being brought down by Francis Coquelin....

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    Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal