Lingard, De Gea lead Man Utd past Arsenal

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Alexandre Lacazette replied early in the second half but Lingard struck again on the break just past the hour as Arsenal suffered their first home defeat in the league since January.

"If it was hard, no; if it was mud, no - the pitch is absolutely lovely but I think they were a bit too much. They deserved three points".

Man United's mercurial talisman Paul Pogba may have strayed into that unsafe territory this weekend when speaking to BBC Football Focus about City's players.

Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette, appealed in vain for penalties and, with his tongue firmly in his cheek, Mourinho said: "I know the pitch is awesome and maybe breeds a desire to go to the floor".

Goals from Antonio Valencia and two from Jesse Lingard either side of Lacazette's strike moved second-placed United to within five points of their city rivals.

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"We played well but there's nothing more frustrating than when you have that quality of performance and nothing to show for it". I am here to fight as long as I can, as long as mathematically it's possible you have to fight. "But when you go into a big game, you can not make the mistakes that we made". "I am proud of their commitment and attitude, I feel sorry for the players that gave so much". We have lost games here against Man United where we didn't deserve anything. And we put ourselves in a very hard position.

Valencia looked to have been denied by his extra touch off a Paul Pogba through ball, but spun the ball through Petr Cech's legs to make it 1-0.

De Gea made 14 saves, equalling the record for the most stops in a Premier League match.

United midfielder Ander Herrera said: "We don't think about City". "In big matches you need goalkeepers to be there for you when the team needs [them]".

"I felt that at the back our concentration was not sharp enough from the start and not dominant enough. David was incredible. When they had the two or three clear chances David was there so we are very happy".