Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United: David de Gea is NOT to blame for Granit Xhaka’s goal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer i

Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United: David de Gea is NOT to blame for Granit Xhaka’s goal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer i

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not blame David de Gea for the opening goal in Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal. The interim boss suffered his first Premier League defeat as the Gunners dented the Red Devils’ top-four hopes at the Emirates. 3 De Gea has been criticised for the Xhaka goal On a blustery day,…


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not blame David de Gea for the opening goal in Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.

The interim boss suffered his first Premier League defeat as the Gunners dented the Red Devils’ top-four hopes at the Emirates.

De Gea has been criticised for the Xhaka goal

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De Gea has been criticised for the Xhaka goal

On a blustery day, Granit Xhaka opened the scoring from 25 yards with a swerving strike which wrong-footed De Gea, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the lead from the penalty spot.

Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher failed to agree on whether Xhaka’s goal was the result of a goalkeeping error, but there was no doubt in Solskjaer’s mind.

“I’m behind it and I can see it going towards David’s left, so he takes a step towards his left and the movement in the ball was just crazy,” he told talkSPORT.

“So we don’t blame him whatsoever.”

Solskjaer took issue with the award of a penalty to the Gunners after Fred was adjudged to have upended Alexandre Lacazette.

There was a coming together, but it appeared soft, and Solskjaer was left disappointed by the decision.

“The penalty – I don’t think it is. I don’t think Fred does enough for it to warrant a penalty,” he added.

Solskjaer does not blame his goalkeeper

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Solskjaer does not blame his goalkeeper

“Yes, they run into each other, but I don’t think it’s anywhere near a pen.”

The match, and indeed the day, was overshadowed by an Arsenal fan who invaded the pitch and appeared to shove Chris Smalling during the celebrations for the second goal.

The incident came just hours after Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was punched from behind by a Birmingham fan.

A supporter appeared to shove Smalling

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A supporter appeared to shove Smalling

“Knowing Chris, he’ll probably get on with it,” Solskjaer continued.

“But you don’t want to see that on a football pitch. So hopefully that’ll stop because it happened earlier on today with Grealish.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not blame David de Gea for the opening goal in Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.

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