Arsenal move above Man Utd as Solskjaer suffers first league defeat

Rex Christensen
March 13, 2019

I know a lot of Manchester United fans and I said to them, "You got an absolute bargain there - £20million for a player of his calibre - he's going to make your team much better".

Spurs were as high as second in the table following their 5-0 hammering of Bournemouth on Boxing Day but have slipped back since, allowing Liverpool and Manchester City to turn the title battle into a two-horse race.

Under Jose Mourinho, the forward struggled to find game time during the first half of the season but many believed that his luck would change once Solskjaer was appointed as the caretaker manager.

He also said: "I have the job until the end of the season of season".

In terms of the result, Solskjaer refused to blame De Gea for not keeping out Xhaka's curling effort, instead questioning why his defence afforded the Switzerland worldwide so much room. "I don't class it as a mistake". We created more chances today than in the cup when we played them.

It wasn't a flawless performance by any means, but like Tottenham last week, we again looked solid and the players again showed the necessary fight required as we go for the top 4. "That's just one of those things".

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"But we've given ourselves a great chance to be in that fight".

Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno also produced two crucial saves to keep out Lukaku, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the hosts' lead from the penalty spot after Fred's foul on Alexandre Lacazette.

"Sanchez has clearly shown that he has the capability to play with the best teams in the world, but Man United doesn't suit his style of play and he's never looked settled into the dressing room since joining the club".

"We can feel very proud of the players".

Although contracted to United for another three months, Molde - now in the Norwegian off-season - say Solskjaer, who managed the club from 2011-2014 and from 2015 onwards, will take up a new contract with them in the summer. "I've only been here one year and Xhaka is a specialist with shooting and he can shoot from different positions on the pitch".

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