Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photograph:( Reuters )
Arsenal leapfrog United into the Premier League top four and Solskjaer suffered his first domestic defeat as caretaker manager.
Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his side's performance was good in the Premier League 0-2 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.
During the post-match conference, Solskjaer said, "You have to be disappointed with the result, but the performance was a good one. We created miles more chances today compared to the cup game when we played them."
"We created chances, big chances, hit the woodwork twice, Leno played well. In terms of what you can control, as in our own performance, we can't be too disappointed," Solskjaer added.
With the win, Gunners leapfrog United into the Premier League top four and Solskjaer suffered his first domestic defeat as caretaker manager.
Granit Xhaka's early strike and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang's penalty 21 minutes from time sed Gunners into top-four on the league table.
Arsenal have beaten Man Utd 10 times in #PL matches played on Sundays, the most the Red Devils have lost against an opponent on a specific day of the week in the competition#ARSMUN pic.twitter.com/uWOr712KkH— Premier League (@premierleague) March 10, 2019
Emery made five changes from that side and was rewarded with a vital victory.
"We are going to play difficult matches and being consistent is very important," said Emery. "At the moment I think we are playing consistently, but we need to be calm and patient."
Unai Emery's men also close to within just a point of third-placed Tottenham and now hold the upper hand in the race for Champions League qualification.
Arsenal do not face any of the top six in their remaining eight league games, whilst United host title-chasing Manchester City and Chelsea in the coming weeks on top of their Champions League and FA Cup commitments.