Liverpool hand title advantage to Arsenal after United draw

Liverpool knew a win was needed against Manchester United to climb back to the summit of the Premier League, but a 2-2 draw has handed the slightest advantage to Mikel Arteta and Arsenal.
Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal FC - Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal FC - Premier League / Crystal Pix/MB Media/GettyImages

Thank you, Manchester United...sort of.

As strange as it felt, Arsenal fans were Manchester United's biggest supporters as they welcomed Liverpool to Old Trafford. Knowing anything other than a win would see the Gunners retain their place atop the summit of the Premier League, the pressure was on the red half of Merseyside to get a positive result.

For 84 minutes, things were going to plan after Kobbie Mainoo's delicious curling effort put United ahead in the 67th minute, but Liverpool was always going to push until the end.

As such, Jurgen Klopp's side were awarded a penalty in the 84th minute and Mo Salah calmly dispatched to draw his side level.

Liverpool will feel this was a game they should have won given the dominance it had over United. A total of 28 shots to nine and 62% possession wasn't enough for the Reds to slay United on their own turf.

And as such, handed Arsenal, albeit briefly, the smallest of advantages in the title race.

With Arsenal and Liverpool now level on points at the summit (71), it is the Gunners' stellar goal difference (+51 to Liverpool's +42) that is keeping the north London outfit top of the pile...for now.

Arteta will now have to navigate a tough Champions League fixture that sees Bayern Munich enter the collective mind as the scars of previous Round of 16 clashes' still fresh enough in the memory to warrant getting revenge on the German giants.

But with Arsenal now fighting on two fronts that both enter their most crucial moments, it is time for the Gunners to put an exclamation mark on their season. While picking between Champions League and domestic glory is like asking parents which child is their favorite, both need undivided attention.

Liverpool "slipped up" of sorts against United, and Arsenal must take full advantage if it is to claim the first league title since the Invincibles two decades ago.

The path forward is clear.