Friday, 15 December, 2017

De Gea 'best in world' as United beat Arsenal 3-1

Arsenal couldn't handle two-man attack says Smalling Arsenal couldn't handle two-man attack says Smalling
Howard Terry | 04 December, 2017, 00:40

"I loved the way my team played and fought".

Inevitably, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger saw the two penalty appeals differently to his old rival and he took a swipe at Marriner's performance.

The one negative was Pogba's dismissal in the second half, which rules the France global out of next weekend's derby with Manchester City.

"If it was hard, no; if it was mud, no - the pitch is absolutely lovely but I think they were a bit too much".

Although Antonio Valencia's early strike and Jesse Lingard's brace ultimately secured a first win for United at the Emirates Stadium since 2014, De Gea's significant contribution can not be overlooked as the no.1 was in outstanding form between the sticks - beaten only by Alexandre Lacazette's strike early in the second half.

"I think it was a fantastic game", Mourinho, whose United sides had managed only one goal in their previous seven aways to Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, told reporters. I leave for you that one. We were too on the edge mentally maybe - you can not be in a game like that. To be honest, I am not someone who looks at a lot of journalists' stuff, but I am always hearing the same stuff.

"But, what makes you angry is that you produce that performance and in the end you have nothing to show for it". And we put ourselves in a very hard position.

The Gunners were 2-0 down after 11 minutes, after centre-backs Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi both gave the ball away sloppily.

United were indebted to David De Gea for a superb display, the Spaniard making 14 saves, the joint most by a goalkeeper in the Premier League era.

In a post-match huddle which also included Jose Mourinho, Thierry Henry and William Gallas, he gestured that it may have been Bellerin's unusual attempt to tackle that was to blame.

Asked if United's fourth successive league win had sent a message to Pep Guardiola's team, he said: "No message".

"We are second and are chasing the top of the table. David was fantastic. When they had the two or three clear chances David was there so we are very happy".

"You need the keeper to be there for you when the team needs", added Mourinho.

"I felt that at the back our concentration was not sharp enough from the start and not dominant enough".

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