A brilliant tactical performance from United, including a magnificent performance from goalkeeper David de Gea, helped United to be the first side to win a league game at Arsenal since January.
In what was a breathtaking game throughout, United took the lead in the 4th minute. Laurent Koscielny played a poor cross field pass which was intercepted by Antonio Valencia, before he played it to Paul Pogba, who gave it back to him, and Valencia finished under Petr Cech.
After another defensive mistake in the 11th minute, Jesse Lingard doubled United’s lead. After robbing Skhodran Mustafi, he linked up with Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial, before side-footing past Cech.
Those goals meant United had scored as many goals in 11 minutes as they had in eight away fixtures against the Premier League’s so-called ‘big six’ clubs.
It was a breathtaking first half, with 20 shots on goal in total. Alexandre Lacazette hit the bar from close range, with Granit Xhaka firing narrowly wide in a goalmouth scramble. De Gea, who was simply fantastic, denied Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, and spectacularly keeping out a Romelu Lukaku own goal.
But, de Gea was finally beaten four minutes after the break, as Lacazette pulled a goal back for Arsenal. The ball was played over the top to Aaron Ramsey, who tapped it off to Lacazette, who had a simple finish.
One of the best saves that de Gea made was a double save, which denied Lacazette and then Alexis Sanchez. First, he got down low to stop Lacazette’s effort and then was able to get his leg back up to deny Sanchez’s follow-up.
But, with Arsenal pressing and only allowing United 26% possession in the first 15 minutes of the second half, United counter-attacked Arsenal brilliantly to open up a two-goal lead again. After Pogba had burst into the box, he squared it for Lingard, who tapped in his second of the match.
Pogba was sent off for a stamp on Hector Berellin in the 74th minute but, that didn’t affect United, who held on to stop Arsenal recording 12 straight league home wins and to secure a first win for Mourinho in his past 12 away fixtures against the ‘big six’.
Arsenal could’ve had a penalty late on, as Danny Welbeck was caught by Matteo Darmian, but by then, the 10 men of United had managed to weather the storm that Arsenal threw at them.
The only negative that came out of one of the matches of the season is the fact that Pogba will now miss three games, including the Manchester Derby next weekend.
Arsenal will wonder how they only managed to score once, but de Gea was simply incredible in goal. He was praised after the match by both managers.
United remain in second place, eight points off leaders Man City, whilst Arsenal drop out of the Champions League qualification places into fifth.
Next up for United is the Manchester Derby next Sunday, the 10 December. Hopefully we can continue our winning form.