Manchester United fell behind in their Premier League meeting with Arsenal after a bizarre Emile Smith-Rowe goal.

Mikel Arteta's side took the lead in the 13th minute of the match at Old Trafford tonight in controversial circumstances as the Gunners' midfielder fired a shot into the bottom left corner of the goal from outside the area with David de Gea injured on the floor.

The incident occurred as Arsenal delivered a corner kick into the United penalty area, which led to the Spanish shot-stopper going to ground after a collision with Fred and failing to get back up to defend the set-piece.

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Emile Smith Rowe scores bizarre goal for Arsenal against Manchester United
Emile Smith Rowe scores bizarre goal for Arsenal against Manchester United

United could only clear the ball as far as Smith-Rowe, whose half-volley flew past De Gea and sparked protests from the home side.

Referee Martin Atkinson did not blow his whistle before Smith-Rowe connected with the ball, meaning the Arsenal youngster had no right not to take the shot on and the goal therefore was allowed to stand.

Had Atkinson sounded his whistle prior to the ball landing at the feet of the Croydon-born midfielder, the goal would not have stood.

A VAR check determined that no wrong-doing had been done by Arteta's side, leaving the United players furious with the decision and adamant that the goal should not have stood.

Reacting to the goal on social media, Liverpool supporters and media pundits were quick to see the funny side to this breakthrough strike:

@em_sandy: "Maddest goal. Emile Smith Rowe is even laughing."

@timdsewell: "That's the most Man Utd goal to concede."

@jtomoLFC: "Hahaha that could be the greatest goal ever scored."

The score was 1-1 at the break, with Fred providing an assist for Paul Pogba to level the game.