Solskjaer defends De Gea after howler gifts Arsenal opener in gaffer’s first Man Utd loss in Premier League

ARSENAL beat Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to blame David De Gea after the goalkeeper made a rare error in the defeat.

Granit Xhaka launched a speculative effort from 25 yards out midway through the first-half and the seemingly innocuous shot wrong footed De Gea.

Sunday’s defeat was a far cry from the glory of the PSG win
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However United boss Solskjaer backed his goalkeeper while putting the goal down to the ‘strange’ way the shot moved through the air.

“David is disappointed every time he concedes a goal,” he told Sky Sports after his first Premier League defeat in the Red Devils dugout.

“The ball moves so strange and it looks like it goes to David’s left and it changed direction.

“But in the first 15, 20 minutes we were too slow and never put them under pressure.

David De Gea endured a tough evening after letting Xhaka’s shot bounce in early on
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“Today I can’t remember any proper saves De Gea has to make.”

After the jubilation of Wednesday’s win at Paris Saint-Germain, United now fall back out of the Premier League top four.

Solksjaer questioned his side’s finishing at the Emirates with Romelu Lukaku among those guilty of missing key chances.

“We started slowly, maybe a backlash from Wednesday night, but we created chances and when they get the first goal it becomes a different game,” he added.

United now sit fifth in the table, two points behind Arsenal
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“We created so many more chances today than when we beat them in the FA Cup.

“Sometimes it happens, we hit the woodwork twice and had five very big chances ourselves.”

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed the points with a late Arsenal penalty but Solskjaer felt that referee Jon Moss will regret giving a foul for Fred’s tangle with Alexandre Lacazette.

“The referee will be disappointed when he sees it as I don’t think it is a penalty,” noted the Norwegian.

Aubameyang netted his 17th of the season after Moss’ controversial call
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“We just had to go for it towards the end, but we were not really at it and it is one of those days where you have to dust yourselves down from.

“We have Wolves in the cup quarter-finals and it’s a big game to look forward to.”

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