Gary Neville has insisted that it was the duo of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that made all the difference for Arsenal against Manchester United. The former Manchester United ace also said that the centre backs need to be dominant upon the opposition forwards, mentioning it as one of the key lessons from the legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Speaking to the media after the match, the former defender said, “Lacazette and Aubameyang being on the pitch won the game for Arsenal. You point towards that first half an hour, Lacazette and Aubameyang got the better of Smalling and Lindelof.”
He added, “I point back to my experience under Sir Alex Ferguson. He used to say: if your centre-halves haven’t got hold of the opposition centre-forwards, you’ve always got a real problem in a game. It was a case of which goalkeeper played best and which strikers took their chances, and Arsenal won that.”
The Red Devils were beaten by 2-0 as a long-range strike from Granit Xhaka found the back of the net in the first half while Aubameyang put the tie to bed with a well-taken spot kick after Lacazette was brought down inside the box by Fred.