Four lessons learned from Manchester United's 3-1 win over Arsenal

Another trip to The Emirates, another 3-1 win for Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team can’t stop winning, and it’s a joy to watch.
Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial scored the goals…

Here is a look at four things we learned…

Counter attacking sensations

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Just like in days gone by under Sir Alex Ferguson, United ripped Arsenal apart on the counter attack.

It was reminiscent of the Champions League semi-final in 2008 at The Emirates.
Scything passes from the midfielders and attackers left Arsenal’s full-backs with no answers and quality finishing showed, just as it did against Tottenham.
Solskjaer’s team are playing with flair, just like we want them to. The interim boss is making it look easy.

Alexis is the wildcard

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We hoped Alexis Sanchez would step up against his former team and he delivered.

He has had a tough first year at United, but his contribution in big games should not be ignored.
He changed the game away to City last season and helped beat Spurs in the FA Cup semi-final. Now add this goal against Arsenal to the list.
Sanchez could be the difference when it comes to the Champions League ties against PSG.
Whether he is starting or coming off the bench, the Chilean is a fantastic option to have available.

You only have to look at Tottenham’s struggles without Harry Kane and compare it to United’s attacking options to realise how good we have it.


Lukaku the creator

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Romelu Lukaku’s pass for Alexis Sanchez’s opener was exquisite, and one Juan Mata would have been proud of.
He followed it up with another assist minutes later for Jesse Lingard to fire home.

The striker has taken a lot of flak this season, and some of it has been deserved.
On this occasion he showed he can be an asset in the build up play, and his passing can be an asset for the team.
He showed this for Belgium in the World Cup last summer with an assist against Brazil, and needs to do it more for United.

Attacking subs

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What would Jose Mourinho have done at 2-1 up away to Arsenal?
Most probably, he would have brought on a defensive midfielder or a defender to try and protect the lead.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showed how it should be done by calling on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to turn the screw on the Gunners.
Arsenal had suffered defensive injuries, and Solskjaer went for the kill.
It paid off with Martial scoring the third and putting the result beyond doubt.

See also: Nicky Butt says Solskjaer has cancelled up to three deals

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