Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 to keep heat on City

Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 to keep heat on City

Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 to keep heat on City

The Gunners were thwarted in a chance to pull one back when David De Gea stopped Alexandre Lacazette at close range before Granit Xhaka laced the rebound wide of the frame.

"If it was hard, no; if it was mud, no - the pitch is absolutely handsome but I think they were a bit too much". "I just know that Paul is frustrated and a bit disappointed with his [France] colleague [Laurent Koscielny] for his reaction, because everyone knows Paul is a clean player and it was not his intention".

There was controversy to be found, of course, with Arsenal having a pretty reasonable penalty shout denied in the game's later stages but perhaps the biggest scandal on the night was the sending off of United's Paul Pogba, who - as a result of his misdemeanour - will miss out on his side's crucial derby matchup with Manchester City next time around.

City are five points ahead of United, but can extend that lead to eight if they beat lowly West Ham on Sunday.

"I don't know if you've watched many top-level games but when you have 33 shots at goal in a game of that stature it means that our dominance was top class", Wenger said.

'I played against him when he was at Real Madrid and he's a different player to what he was then.

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The nature of United's vibrant display answered the critics who have accused Mourinho of "parking the bus" in away games against the sides challenging for top-four places. Arsenal played in some period incredible attacking football - creating difficulties for us.

"I told him after the match what I saw today was the best goalkeeper in the world", Mourinho told BT Sport.

"He made fantastic saves", Mourinho said.

Arsene Wenger felt Arsenal produced an "absolutely brilliant" performance against Manchester United that was ruined by early defensive errors. "David was unbelievable. When they had the two or three clear chances David was there so we are very happy".

It was off a bad giveaway, and Arsenal had a second one moments later.

Goals from Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard inside 11 minutes, and a further second-half strike from Lingard, showed United at their best. And I believe that at the back we did not start well, at all.

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