Jesse Lingard inspired Manchester United to a pulsating 3-1 victory over arsenal that cut manchester city’s lead to five points on Saturday.
The vital win sees Jose Mourinho topple his nemesis arsene wenger, yet again in what was a thrilling encounter.
United hit the ground running in the 4th minute, as Antonio Valencia pounced on a Laurent Koscielny miss-pass to grab an early lead for the red devils. First blood was drawn, giving them momentum in the early stages.
Arsenal fell further behind thanks to another calamitous defensive error by German center back Shkodran Mustafi.
Lukaku intercepted the ball to pick out Anthony Martial who then skillfully placed in the path of oncoming Jesse Lingard to score and increase the lead to two goals.
The gunners, in need of an immediate response, came close to reducing the deficit when Alexandre Lacazette saw his scuffed shot bounce off the cross bar to find Granit Xhaka who placed his effort agonizingly close to the bottom left corner.
Things got really frantic in the Manchester United box as Arsenal piled on the pressure to grab a goal.
David De Gea came to United’s rescue with a superb reflex save from a set piece that saw the ball deflect off his own team mate Romelu Lukaku.
Arsenal tried to recover the loose ball but numerous United bodies in the box ensured that no space was created for a shot on goal.
Arsenal began the second half strongly in the 49th minute when Alexis Sanchez chipped a sublime pass to open up the United defense.
Aaron Ramsey then palmed the ball into Lacazette’s feet leaving the french-man one on one with De Gea to finish off what was a great move by the gunners attack. Game on.
Lacazette, who was having a fine game for Arsenal, came close to equalizing but United’s world class goal keeper David De Gea was on hand to save the attempt not once but twice, also parrying the rebound from Alexis Sanchez.
Just when the gunners seemed to be upping the tempo, Manchester United ruthlessly punished them on the counter when a blistering run from Paul Pogba found an unmarked Jesse Lingard in the box to virtually kill the game.
The game’s action was not done yet as Paul Pogba received a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Hector Bellerin in the 74th minute.
This left Arsenal with 15 minutes to salvage a win against 10 men.
As the game came to a close, Arsenal had a potential penalty appeal waved off, when Danny Welbeck was tripped in the box by Matteo Darmian.
United held firm in defense to keep the scoreline at 3-1 and that’s how the game ended. Arsenal visibly disappointed as they fall further behind in the race for top four.
Elsewhere, another north London outfit dropped points as Tottenham Hotspur played out a 1-1 draw away to Watford.
A goal by Heung-Min Son was not enough to claim a win for spurs as their poor run of form continues.