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Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal: Late own goal hands Gunners a point

Fourth place it is.

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Manchester United were held at home to Arsenal in their final home game of the season, with a late own goal by Tyler Blackett cancelling out Ander Herrera's first half opener. The draw ensures the Gunners stay above United in the table, with Louis van Gaal's side now almost certainly having to settle for fourth place.

The first half was an oddly sterile affair, with goalscoring chances at a premium. United were generally in control, but rarely tested David Ospina before breaking the deadlock from nowhere on the half-hour mark. The Stevenage Ronaldo Ashley Young beat Héctor Bellerín to the byline and delivered a good cross for Ander Herrera, who volleyed home at the back post.

United were comfortable in their lead through to half time, with the hosts' only real scare of the first period coming when a Phil Jones backpass caught David de Gea off guard. The second half, however, was a different story. Arsenal began to push high up the field, and went close to equalising just past the hour when Olivier Giroud wafted in the penalty area.

Meanwhile, the home crowd was bidding farewell to Radamel Falcao, who was hauled off for Robin van Persie after a performance notable only for the amount of time the Colombian spent slipping over. This time there was no bemused expression, just an apologetic wave that suggested this was his final appearance at Old Trafford.

Back on the pitch, Arsenal continued to push. Aaron Ramsey was threaded in behind with 20 minutes remaining, though after lobbing the ball over de Gea, the Welshman was thwarted by Marcos Rojo.

Things looked increasingly shaky for United, and got even more so with 15 minutes left. The solid Rojo was replaced at left-back by Tyler Blackett (presumably with the former a little leggy after his injury layoff) and, more interestingly, Victor Valdés was handed a first-team debut thanks to a de Gea injury. Was that an unfortunate end to Dave's United career?

Either way, lady luck certainly wasn't on Valdés' side for the start of his. He'd been on the pitch for just a few minutes when a low Theo Walcott cross hit Blackett and bounced inside the near post. It looked rather pathetic in real time, though there was little the debutant keeper could have done.

Worryingly, Arsenal suddenly looked rampant, and United spent the subsequent few minutes withstanding a Gunners barrage. They managed it, and despite a final thrust of their own, the hosts were made to settle for a point.