Nearly everyone, including the United faithful, had their money on an Arsenal win but a late error by Sead Kolasinac allowed the home side to level the score for the second time as the game ended 2-2 at the full-time whistle.
José Mourinho admits he can not afford to play Fred, the fourth most expensive player in Manchester United's history, unless his team becomes tighter defensively. He has also been an unused replacement in five of the past seven games. Man United, they're in eighth at the moment and looking at the league table isn't a pretty sight at all, as a Man United fan, and the supporters won't be happy with that, but the players need to build on this, they started the game with some form of intensity, they got a decent result against a team that are in form - Arsenal.
"You have other players at other clubs that needed time and some of them played even less than what Fred is playing".
"I think we believe as a squad", he said. Manchester United will take on Fulham, while Crystal Palace travel across London to face West Ham United (all at 7pm).
The Red Devils managed to battle to a 2-2 draw with top-four contenders Arsenal at Old Trafford on Wednesday night to avoid a second defeat in three Premier League games.
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Asked if his players were showing more character, Mourinho said: "Yes".
"We pressed the ball more, we gave difficulties to Arsenal, we were fast in our transitions, so we had that spirit, we had that mentality that brought our game to a good level, to a better level".
The United manager is full of respect for new Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri, the man he replaced when taking his first English job at Chelsea in 2004.
"The points total sometimes doesn't say much about the real potential of the team".