Shkodran Mustafi admits it was important for Arsenal not to lose at Old Trafford although he also lamented that his teammates might have done better than a 2-2 draw.
The German’s header snuck over the line to break the deadlock on 26 minutes but the Gunners twice failed to hold their hard-fought lead on a frantic night of action.
First Anthony Martial tapped home on 30 minutes and then Jessie Lindgard netted less than 90 seconds after Alex Lacazette had bundled the ball past David De Gea.
After the game, Mustafi made clear that four points from two tough games inside four days was not a bad return.
“In the second half the game opened up a little bit and both teams were trying to win,” he told BT Sport.
“At the end of the day, we did quite well to come to Old Trafford…it’s not an easy place to come and win. We tried everything to get the three points.
“We went in front, conceded after that, went in front again and then that’s where we need to be a bit more clever and more sensitive of danger and not concede a second one.
“We’ve had two big games, Tottenham on the weekend and then Man United away and we took four points from two really difficult games. I think we can move on from there.
He added: “Obviously, when you play a derby [like we did on Sunday] you’re quite in it and you give 120 per cent. We’re not here to look for excuses.
“We could have done better today, we had a lot of opportunities and when we were going forward we were quite dangerous, a lot of crosses, especially a lot of crosses. And from our right side, as well.
“If we are a bit lucky we can get all three points but we’ll have to take the one point. It was important not to lose. We didn’t. Now we have to move on from here.”