Under Solskjaer, United has suffered the first loss in the league. This defeat came just after an impressive outing in Paris. Also, this defeat will serve as a wake-up call for United as the top 4 now look more uncertain. With a couple of big game still to follow, it is going to be tight for United to be in the top 4 at the end of the season after today's defeat. Also, the run of 9 away wins in a row also come to an end with this defeat.
It was an unlucky day for United against Arsenal. To start with, Lukaku hit the bar early in the match. Then, United conceded a goal from nowhere. It was a blunder from de Gea he completely misjudged the simple shot from Granit Xhaka from outside the box and kept his foot wrong for the goal. After conceding the goal, United lacked the composure for the final touch although they created plenty of opportunity. Later, Fred also hit the post to add to the bad day. Before the end of the half, United had a couple of chances but only to be denied by stubborn Arsenal's defense.
After the break, United started positively against creating some more chances but they couldn't break brilliant Leno again. But it was Arsenal who scored again. This time, Gunners was awarded a penalty after Fred brought Lacazette down in the box. Looking into the replay, it was a soft penalty and some simulation by Lacazette. Aubameyang who missed the penalty against Spurs last week stood up, this time he kept it past de Gea for the second. Just after this, Lacazette missed the glorious opportunity as he shot it wide. Being 2-0 down, United lacked the fight back against Arsenal. Solskjaer brought Marital and Greenwood as a substitute, but couldn't create any good chances after this.
This defeat from Arsenal means United now drops to the fifth in the table. With Chelsea playing a draw against Wolves, it means United will not drop to the sixth but United lost the chance to go to the joint third in the table after Spurs lost its fixture. With just 8 matches to play, the competition is very high for the Champions League spot. The 4 teams in the third and sixth are separated by just 5 points. Spurs with 61 points are in the third. Arsenal now has 60 points, United has 58 points while Chelsea has 57 points with one more game to play. Of the 4 teams, United has tougher runs than Arsenal as they are yet to play with two of the big six which include ManCity and Chelsea while Arsenal has none. Chelsea and Spurs also have two big matches remaining. With almost every one of the first team injured and still competing on FA Cup and Champions League, United need to be cautious. But it is going to be very interesting this time to see which of these four teams go to the Champions League.