Manchester United defender Chris Smalling says that Arsenal could not cope with their formation on Saturday.
United beat Arsenal 3-1 (read our 16 Conclusions from the game here) with Jesse Lingard thriving in a free role behind Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku.
Lingard scored two goals – the first after combining with Lukaku and Martial – prompting praise from his manager.
“I think we were carrying on from Watford and the fact that, when we play, obviously in this system, we can play with two strikers,” Smalling told MUTV.
“Quite often, they [Arsenal] are only used to playing against one. We put two up front and put them under more pressure and they are not used to that.
“I think that was one to enjoy, for fans watching the game and for us as players. It was end to end, but for us to get those two early goals, I think, meant Arsenal had to come at us and that’s what made it a very entertaining game.”
A few times this season, Lingard has started with two of Lukaku, Martial and Rashford, and the attack has looked really dangerous/slick. But the response has been 'If we're this good with just two of them [of Lukaku, Martial, Rashford], imagine how good we'd be with all three'…
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) December 2, 2017