Pogba: Arsenal Lacazette absence good for Man Utd

Paul Pogba believes Manchester United have suffered badly through injuries to key players
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Paul Pogba believes Manchester United have suffered badly through injuries to key players Credit Reuters

Arsenal had 75 per cent of the possession and mustered 33 shots, but were thwarted by a strong United defence and an exceptional display from goalkeeper David de Gea.

Lacazette was twice denied by De Gea, who relied on his reactions to keep out a close-range toe poke before needing assistance from the crossbar to keep out another on-target attempt from the Frenchman.

Only Tim Krul - for Newcastle against Tottenham in 2013 - and Vito Mannone - for Sunderland at Chelsea in 2014 - have recorded 14 saves in a game since Opta began gathering this piece of data in 2003-04.

"Of course, they can say they had chances but we fought and we had a great goalkeeper too and I think we deserved it".

United survived a late scare to beat Watford 4-2 at Vicarage Road on Tuesday to cement second place, though Mourinho's men nearly threw away the win after coasting into a three-goal lead against the Hornets. I loved the way my team played and fought.

"We didn't start well at all at the back but overall our performance was, for patches, absolutely brilliant", he told BBC Sport. I don't know so many in English but incredible, phenomenal, fantastic.

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Paul Pogba clutches his injured hamstring Credit Action Images

United face a challenging away fixture at Arsenal later today, while City host West Ham tomorrow and then, after midweek Champions League commitments, City and United will meet next weekend for the first time this season. They did all three on Saturday.

They comfortably held on despite Paul Pogba being sent off for a risky challenge late on, punishing Arsenal for early defensive mistakes.

"Despite being 2-0 down, we should have come back".

"It was a big blow to go 2-0 so early on - especially at home. But when you go into a big game, you can not make the mistakes that we made".

"We played well but there is nothing more frustrating when you have that quality of performance and nothing to show for it at the end".

"On one side, I feel extremely sorry for the players because their attitude was impeccable until the end". When you play at home, that can not happen.

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