New signing Kanu takes on Stam.

Kanu bursts into the area and the ball ricochets to Anelka...

Anelka shapes to shoot...

..and buries the ball high into the net.

Kanu takes the congratulations for his part in the goal.

Marc Overmars takes on Jaap Stam.

Stephen Hughes strides past Nicky Butt.

Manchester United vs ARSENAL
1 - 1
Attendance : 55,171

By David Alexander

Nwankwo Kanu marked his debut for the Gunners with a superb assist that stunned Old Trafford but it wasn't enough to give us victory.

Ray Parlour played the ball to Kanu, who looked unaware of the urgency of his position on the edge of the United box.

But a quick turn of pace fooled Jaap Stam and Phil Neville's last ditch challenge dropped to Anelka, who tapped the ball into the roof of the net from six yards.

One-nil to the Arsenal.

United hit back and Yorke hit a shot across goal which only flew wide courtesy of a deflection from Tony Adams.

Arsenal started to dictate the play and although they didn't carve out too many clear cut chances, United had to absorb our pressure.

But they hit back and a mistake by Bould, surprisingly not up to his best, cost us the lead.

Phil Neville crossed from the right and former Gunner Andy Cole headed in with ease.

That was how it was to finish in an exciting game which proved why the Premiership is so entertaining.

Man of the match was certainly David Seaman, who made a string of fine saves. After the game he said: "We counter attacked well and got a great goal and a draw was a fair result. The penalty was 50/50, I've seen them given and waved away."

Arsene Wenger was disappointed we only got a point for our exertions, despite weathering such a storm. He said: "When Manchester United equalised, they had some chances. We were on top until they equalised but that gave them a lift and the last 25 minutes were difficult for us.

"I have some regrets because at one-nil I thought that if we kept going, they were vulnerable. It was a very physical game."

Arsenal started brightly, confident in their passing and willing to take the game to United. And we had the first chances of the game. Lee Dixon lofted a shot over Schmeichel and just over the bar and Marc Overmars latched onto a cross by Nwankwo Kanu and volleyed wide at the far post when unchallenged.

But midway through the first half, United started to show why they have scored 59 goals so far this season with some highly impressive football.

Arsenal are probably the only side that could withstand such a barrage. Andy Cole turned inside Steve Bould and blasted a shot which David Seaman saved and spilled, the ball calmly being cleared by Tony Adams.

Keane then beat Bould and side-footed low, which Seaman did well to palm away for a corner.

But we should have gone behind half an hour into the game. As the United pressure kept battering our area, a cross from the left fell to Ronny Johnsen on the edge of the box and as Ray Parlour checked his challenge, Johnsen went down.

Video replays suggested there was not much contact and after Dwight Yorke's cheeky penalty for Aston Villa in the last game of last season, he looked certain to give United the lead.

But he hit his shot wide and drifted out of the game until half time, downcast after his miss. How they must have regretted the absence of regular penalty taker Dennis Irwin, but no-one from Arsenal was complaining.

Cole then turned and and shot and Seaman made another great save to underline his value to the Highbury cause.

After Arsenal's goal, Patrick Vieira was harshly booked on the break following a tug from Roy Keane. The Frenchman commendably didn't react and it was only other United players who made the issue more of a problem than it needed to be. Regrettably, it also costs Vieira a suspension.

After their equaliser, United started to exert their pressure again. Seaman was up to most of it, but Bould redeemed himself with timely block after Cole had got beyond the defence.

Yorke then completed a miserable night with a simple miss after sub Ryan Giggs had turned and put in a low cross. Seaman had made a phenomenal save to deny Yorke, but the United striker should have done better.

Bould was lucky just to receive a yellow card after checking a run by Paul Scholes that looked to have opened us up.

From the subsequent free kick, Beckham's shot fell to Keane, who blasted the ball wide in the dying seconds.

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