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Solskjaer: Arsenal ‘brighter, better’ than Man United

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gestures on the touchline during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

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No two ways about it: Arsenal were simply “brighter” and “better” than Manchester United on Wednesday, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after the Gunners’ 2-0 victory over the Red Devils.

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While Man United took greater control in the second half, it was largely down to Arsenal taking a two-goal lead just before halftime — quotes from the BBC:

“We started decent the first five or six minutes, didn’t capitalize, and then they played really well. They were brighter than us.

“We were too slow in the first half, but that’s credit to them. Some tired heads maybe. In the second half, we put them under pressure but couldn’t get the goal. We kept going but the quality wasn’t good enough.”

“It was a game between two teams that have loads of quality. Arsenal showed it more than us in the first half and they won the game through that.

“I thought we came out OK, got two or three counter-attacks, but then they got into the game, maybe because we took a few many touches and they won the ball back off us. The two goals are disappointing to concede. Sometimes football is decided on little things but from 10 to 45 minutes they were better than us.

“We are fit and getting better. The boys have really worked hard over the past few months. We’ve had ups and downs and I can‘t fault them because the energy and drive has been there. Maybe today it caught up with us.”

Solskjaer also confirmed before the game that Paul Pogba would miss “a few weeks” due to the latest flare-up of his ongoing ankle injury.

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