Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus scored in injury time to seal a thrilling 3-1 victoy at the Emirates Stadium, but the result was almost very different.
United youngster Alejandro Garnacho thought he had come off the bench to win the game in the 88th minute after racing clear of Arsenal's back line and confidently scoring past Aaron Ramsdale.
However, wild celebrations in the away end were cut short but VAR as the goal was ruled offside. And Arsenal fans have been quick to praise Gabriel was his vital positioning.
Gabriel Magalhaes…that is the most MONSTERCLASS positioning I’ve ever seen pic.twitter.com/L9tIlxAxrz
— ∞ (@TheFalseNein) September 3, 2023
Replays showed just how tight the decision was - United manager Erik ten Hag even insisted after the game that the goal should have stood - and Gabriel's body contortion proved to be key.
The centre-back could be seen on camera impressively stopping his forward motion to make sure Garnacho was offside and provide the required gap to rule out United's likely winner.
Gabriel was making his first start of the season after curiously being dropped for the first three games.