Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Bernd Leno after Arsenal end Manchester United’s unbeaten run

Bernd Leno kept a clean sheet against Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for Bernd Leno after Arsenal ended his side’s domestic unbeaten run.

Goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal to within a point of rivals Tottenham in third but that didn’t tell the full story from an action-packed game at the Emirates.

On the back of their stunning win in Paris, United failed to find a way past Leno in the Arsenal net despite having what Solskjaer described as ‘four or five big chances’.

Romelu Lukaku was guilty of squandering United’s best chances but Solskjaer refused to criticise the Belgian and says Leno was a vital reason behind his side’s defeat.

United lost in the league for the first time under Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)

‘You have to be disappointed with the result but the performance today was a good one,’ said Solskjaer.

‘We created more chances today than we did compared to the FA Cup game when we played them.

‘Of course the first goal always determines how the game will go. After their goal they gave us the ball more than they wanted to but we created big chances.

‘We hit the woodwork twice. Leno played well. In terms of what you can control we shouldn’t be too disappointed then again they’ve got three points and we don’t.’

Leno was Arsenal’s man of the match (Picture: Getty)

United’s only defeat under Solskjaer before today was a 2-0 loss at home against PSG.

The irony of their unbeaten run coming to an end is that they’ve played worse and won in previous weeks and Solskjaer says he was impressed with his side against Arsenal.

‘It’s not very often you go to Arsenal and created four or five big chances like we did,’ said Solskjaer.

‘They didn’t have one really. They had a strike and then they got a penalty they didn’t really create many chances.’

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