He may have come away from yesterday’s top four clash with nothing, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earned plenty of plaudits from Arsenal legend Ian Wright for the way he set up his Manchester United team against the Gunners.
Goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang handed Unai Emery’s men all three points, but United also missed a host of opportunities, hitting the woodwork twice and forcing Bernd Leno into several important saves.
Speaking on his official Youtube channel, Wright said, “People will say it was fortunate and, yeah, to a certain extent I think we were. They [United] missed some very good chances but, saying that, our goalkeeper was magnificent today and I don’t [usually] give him a lot of credit. But credit where it’s due.
“He made two great saves again today. Even though Lukaku missed some chances, our goalkeeper was fantastic.
“Got to give the manager credit for putting out a very positive and offensive team. It’s great to see Auba, Laca, Ramsey and Ozil playing even though after a while, once Ole Gunnar Solskjaer realised that we were outnumbering them and Ozil was getting on the ball too much, they nullified that.
“Unfortunately, Ozil disappeared out of the game.”
Solskjaer’s ability to read the game and snuff out Ozil clearly impressed Wright, who also seemed to have plenty of admiration for United’s attack minded approach, although fortunately the visitors were wasteful yesterday rather than ruthlessly efficient like they were during January’s FA Cup tie at the Emirates.