Report: Lingard shone in Arsenal victory as Pogba saw red

Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 in the Premier League at the Emirates on Saturday evening. United scored through Antonio Valencia in the fourth minute, assisted by Paul Pogba. Jesse Lingard doubled the lead in the 11th minute, assisted by Anthony Martial. United were raring to go. Arsenal got a goal back through Alexandre Lacazette in the 49th minute by Lingard struck again in the 63rd.

Jose Mourinho was boosted with the availability of Nemanja Matic, who suffered an injury on Tuesday against Watford. The same team which started at Watford started this match with Mourinho opting for a three at the back formation. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marouane Fellaini did not travel for this match.

United started the game on the front foot, pushing forward and aiming to take first blood from the game. Ashley Young drove forward on the left, putting in a low cross which ricocheted off Laurent Koscielny and out for a corner, which Young took, the ball then flicked off Paul Pogba and out for a goal kick.

First blood came in the fourth minute of the match with Antonio Valencia finding the back of the net. The Ecuadorian pinched the ball ahead of Sead Kolasinac and brought it forward, played a one-two with Pogba before nutmegging Petr Cech. In the ninth minute, Arsenal were awarded a questionable free-kick after Alexis Sanchez went down 25-yards out, the Chilean sending his effort into the wall.

United doubled their lead in the eleventh minute of the match through Jesse Lingard, his second important goal this week. Shkodran Mustafi dithered like David Moyes in the transfer market, with the ball, Lingard intercepted it, Romelu Lukaku then got the ball, passed to Anthony Martial who took a tough before flicking it on for Lingard whose effort was steered in off the post.

Mustafi was limping in the twelfth minute, shock horror, which was the end of his evening, something which will irk Arsene Wenger. Mustafi was replaced by Alex Iwobi in the 15th minute of the match, the change switching Arsenal’s defence to a back four, rather than the back three which started.

Arsenal won a corner in the 17th minute, United dealt with it and went on the counter with Lukaku leaving Aaron Ramsey chasing shadows down the wing, his cross into the bos was headed away by Koscielny. United then started to make mistakes, dithering to clear the ball which almost resulted in a goal, then giving away a corner which pressured, but not enough to get a goal back for Arsenal.

Arsenal won a free-kick just outside the United box in the 29th minute of the match after Marcos Rojo fouled Sanchez, the Chilean going down like he took a bullet on the beaches of Normandy, his effort being headed clear by Young. United were under pressure minutes later as Arsenal looked certain to score, making so many shots, each one should have been buried, none were. Lucky.

United straight on the attack with Pogba the further forward, the Frenchman passing into the box to an onrushing Lukaku, beating the defence the Belgian could not connect with the ball, which could have sent United three goals clear. Arsenal then went on the attack, won a corner, got nothing. Iwobi, after some good pressing had a chance to get one back in the 37th minute, his shot was off target.

United were still holding on to their 2-0 lead with three minutes of the first half remaining. Ramsey had the chance to get one back with Nemanja Matic using his defensive ability to block the shot and keep United 2-0 up. David De Gea made a double save in quick succession late in the first half through Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin with Arsenal determined to get a goal back.

Three minutes were added on at the end of the half with Arsenal on the attack and winning a free-kick with Matic making the challenge. Sanchez took the free-kick, United persevered with De Gea making a save, then another, and United clearing another chance. United had a chance in the dying seconds of the half, it still 2-0 at the break.

Arsenal found the back of the net in the 49th minute of the match with Ramsey getting behind the defence, tapping the ball to Alexandre Lacazette who found the back of the net, beating De Gea. United broke forward after conceding, Lingard clearly through and lofting a looping effort towards goal, seemingly cleared off the line with United unable to knock it in.

Arsenal then attacked through Iwobi, De Gea making the save to deny Arsenal from the equaliser. There is still a lot to do for United to win this match. De Gea was the lifeline in this match, making another double save after Lacazette shot inside the box, parrying the shot with Sanchez running to score from he rebound. Denied on both attempts. For the neutral, this is a great match to watch.

It was Arsenal’s time to pressure in this match, seemingly one way traffic heading into the hour mark of the match. Mourinho got Ander Herrera to warm up with Arsene Wenger possibly smelling blood with Danny Welbeck and other warming up. Rojo was booked in the 58th minute of the match after he fouled Sanchez again, going down like he had been shot, again.

There was a stoppage in play after Matic and Koscielny collided with the former in the deck. The Serbian was back up on his feet moments later and seemingly ready to play on. United scored a third goal in the 63rd minute after Lukaku set the attack up with Lingard running from the halfway line, passing to Pogba who passed back inside the box, 3-1 to United.

Arsenal won a corner after De Gea made another save, but in the run up to the ball going out of play, Kolasinac fouled Valencia with a sliding tacked deemed a ‘good challenge’. Martial was replaced by Herrera in the 67th minute of the match with United seemingly setting up in midfield to control the game and seal their victory. Bellerin was booked in the 72nd minute for a poor challenge on Young.

United were down to ten men after Pogba was sent off in the 74th minute for a challenge on Bellerin, which was a poor challenge, maybe not even intended, meaning he will miss the Manchester derby. United made a change with Lingard coming off and Matteo Darmian replacing him in the 76th minute.

Arsenal had set themselves up in an attacking sence in the final ten minute of the match, with United setting up defensively after the red card, not needing to press forward, but it could have been a counter attack’s dream if United still had eleven players. De Gea was called into action again, making another save to deny Arsenal, the one player who can rest on his laurels after this game.

United won a free-kick in the 87th minute after Olivier Giroud fouled Lukaku with the French defender as the last man. Yellow card given to the Arsenal defender. United took the free-kick but it came to nothing. There was a penalty claim after Darmian took down Danny Welbeck in the box, no penalty given. Herrera and Sanchez wer booked in the 89th minute for arguing.

Five minutes were added on at the end of the match with Steve McManaman asking for ten, bitterness right there. United still had their two goal cushion and David De Gea had earned his dinner making save after save when it mattered. United made their final change with Marcus Rashford replacing Young three minutes into added time.

United dug deep and won the match, putting pressure on Manchester City with their lead cut to five points. United will play in the UEFA Champions League, out to seal a place in the knockout stages before the Manchester derby a week on Sunday. United have played 15 Premier League matches this season, scoring 35 goals, amassing 35 points and keeping nine clean sheets.

Goals: Antonio Valencia 4′, Jesse Lingard 11′, 63′

Assists: Paul Pogba 4′, 63′, Anthony Martial 11′

Manchester United: De Gea; Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo; Valencia, Matic, Pogba, Young (Rashford 90+3′); Lingard (Darmian 76′); Martial (Herrera 67′), Lukaku

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Blind; Mata, McTominay

Bookings: Marcos Rojo 58′, Paul Pogba 74′ s/o, Ander Herrera 89′

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