Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 to keep heat on City

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 unbelievable and maybe breeds a desire to go to the floor".

Inevitably, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger saw the two penalty appeals differently to his old rival and he took a swipe at Marriner's performance.

The Reds were threatening on the break throughout the game and defended heroically at times, with Paul Pogba's red card being the only negative on an otherwise memorable evening.

"I don't think anybody thought it was the wrong decision, but psychologically it sends a message to the fans, to us, and to the players that they're already thinking about a bigger fish to fry next week".

Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard punished bad Arsenal defending to put United two up in 11 minutes. I am here to fight as long as I can, as long as mathematically it's possible you have to fight.

"I just know that Paul is frustrated". But we have the experience to get better out of a game like that, you know.

'I played against him when he was at Real Madrid and he's a different player to what he was then.

EPL wrap: Jesse Lingard fires Manchester United to 3-1 win over Arsenal in London
10-man United beats Arsenal in thriller

"There were incredible individuals performances and collectively we were very strong".

The Gunners were 2-0 down after 11 minutes, after centre-backs Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi both gave the ball away sloppily.

De Gea made 14 saves at the Emirates Stadium - matching the most in a Premier League game - to ensure United left North London with a vital victory in the title race.

In a post-match huddle which also included Jose Mourinho, Thierry Henry and William Gallas, he gestured that it may have been Bellerin's unusual attempt to tackle that was to blame.

United midfielder Ander Herrera said: "We don't think about City".

"We are second and are chasing the top of the table. It was a brilliant performance from the team, defensively and on the counter attack we killed them, so we're really happy with the three points".

Defender Chris Smalling added: "You come out before a game saying you need to get off to a good start, but that's the best start I think we've ever had". And I believe that at the back we did not start well, at all.

  • Rogelio Becker