United held by Gunners

Manchester United stretched their winless run to three games after being held to a goalless draw at Arsenal yesterday evening.

Robin van Persie, who was returning to the Emirates for only the second time came closest to scoring for the visitors, but saw his close range header tipped onto the bar by Wojciech Szczesny though in truth it was the hosts who dominated in a largely disappointing encounter all round.

David Moyes’ side now sit eleven points shy of fourth place Liverpool, who scored a stoppage time penalty to snatch all three points at bottom-of-the-table Fulham.

They have no game this weekend, giving them extra time to prepare for the return of the Champions League, with the first leg of their last sixteen tie against Olympiakos taking place in Piraeus next Tuesday, while they return to Premier League action at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday week.

Meanwhile, the club are set to miss out on up to £70m if they miss out on finishing in the top-four, according to ESPN.
United have not finished outside of the top flight’s top three since the 1990/91 campaign, when they finished in sixth position, twenty-four points behind league champions Arsenal.