Smalling claims Jose Mourinho outwitted Wenger

Chris Smalling believes Jose Mourinho’s decision to play two strikers was key to Manchester United securing a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday.

Two early goals from Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia were both created from mistakes from the Gunners defenders.

And despite Alexandre Lacazette getting Arsenal back in the game, Lingard’s frightening counter attack goal once again exploited Arsenal’s defensive frailties.

Mourinho had previously deployed Romelu Lukaku as the solitary striker for the majority of the season, but Smalling reckons the Gunners defence couldn’t handle the pressure once Anthony Martial was slotted alongside the burly Belgian.

“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,” he 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.”

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