Manchester United progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup, as they beat Arsenal 3-1 in an action-packed match on Friday night.
United took the lead on the half-hour mark, as Alexis Sanchez took the ball around Petr Cech and finished from a tight angle – the former Arsenal man scoring just his second goal of the season, and his first goal since October to give the Red Devils the lead.
United doubled their lead minutes later, as Jesse Lingard found time and space to give the visitors a two-goal lead in the space of two minutes.
Arsenal pulled one back before half time, as the ball found its way across the box for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to drag the Gunners back into the game.
Substitute Anthony Martial wrapped up victory for United with eight minutes to play, pouncing on a rebound to send the Red Devils into the next round of the FA Cup.
Arsenal will feel hard done by, having had 13 shots on goal and just one goal all game. They created numerous chances in the first half where they could have secured the tie, but a lapse in concentration saw them go two goals behind and lose their confidence.
It is a bitter defeat following on from a strong performance in last week’s 2-0 win over Chelsea, Unai Emery will be disappointed as he bows out at the fourth round. Arsenal really could’ve got something from the game, but at the end of the day United deserved to beat them.
Manchester United were looking to make it eight wins in a row in all competitions, and they did so in style at the Emirates. Their organisation, discipline and flair going forward was evident throughout the game, and they outclassed the hosts through long periods of the game