Henrikh Mkhitaryan appeared to have this young Gunners side in line for a point as his equaliser against his former side cancelled out Paul Pogba’s opener, but it wasn’t meant to be in the end as Wenger’s 28th and final Old Trafford visit ends in an 18th defeat at this hallowed ground.
A raft of second-half substitutions saw an already low tempo fall even further, although former United striker Danny Welbeck stung De Gea’s palms with an ambitious strike from range and Fellaini rifled a drive over the crossbar.
United thought they had scored a late winner when Rashford bundled in on the line after Fellaini’s header rebounded off the post, but the offside flag cut short their celebrations.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Ander Herrera (Fellaini 64), Matic, Pogba, Lingard (Martial 64), Lukaku (Rashford 50), Sanchez
Goals: Pogba 16, Fellaini 90
Subs not used: Rojo, Mata, McTominay, Joel Pereira.
Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mavropanos, Chambers, Kolasinac (Monreal 64), Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan (Willock 76), Nelson (Welbeck 64), Iwobi, Aubameyang
Goal: Mkhitaryan 51
Subs not used: Holding, Cech, Nketiah, Osei-Tutu
Referee: Kevin Friend
There was no stopping United in added time, though, Fellaini glancing in an excellent header from Young’s perfect centre to ensure Wenger would only leave Old Trafford with his present from Ferguson.