Five Things We Learned – United – Arsenal at Emirates

4) Fabio – United’s man of the match

Once again, the young Brazilian was selected to play at right back, and on a day where United failed to shine, some positive notes can be taken from the performance of one half of Trafford’s favourite . An energetic performance with the characteristic attack-minded ideas that we have become accustomed to was certainly reason to give something to discuss, in particular the incorporation of both twins into the side, now that it is apparent that Fabio has a clear preference for the right side of the pitch. Although the infamous temper that accompanies both brothers may have been seen on Sunday, resulting in a yellow card, fans can at least take solace in that another encouraging performance was seen from him.

5) at Old Trafford could prove decisive

With United failing to restore the 6 point advantage over Chelsea, and with an equal goal difference, next weekend could well be decisive in where the League will end up at the end of this season. If United are to truly solidify their chances of being crowned champions, only a win will do and undoubtedly this is what will set his team up to do. However, a draw would look favourably on his side as it means their fate is firmly within their own hands, with games against Blackburn and Blackpool left to play.

For Chelsea, only  a win will suffice, capping a recent resurgence that has pulled them back into title contention and overtaking Arsenal as title rivals. With the return leg against midweek, the pressure will certainly be on Ferguson’s men to deliver performances. One must wonder how United will set up for the German side’s visit, with a 2 goal advantage in their favour, one must wonder whether an eye to the following weekend will be at the forefront of the tactical thinking. And so with the title race appearing to be in the balance, the following ties will be anticipated greatly, as United look to keep their challenges for honours on track, and the prospect of silverware firmly in their sights. Fans will be hoping the loss at Arsenal was but a minor blip in their path to glory.