PL: Ole Gunnar Solskjær unhappy with Paul Pogba penalty after loss to Arsenal, Manchester United slip to 15

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It was the first time in 14 years that Arsenal could beat Manchester United, as Sunday’s clash ended in a 1-0 score, in an away game at the Old Trafford. Mikel Arteta also became the second Arsenal manager to beat Manchester United, the Gunners doing it for the first time in 5 years in an away game against the 'Big Six' Red Devils, in his first 2 games against them. With only seven points from their six Premier League fixtures played this season, United have dropped to the 15th position in the English Premier League standings.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær fielded a changed lineup after defeating RB Leipzig in the midweek clash in the Champion's league. Ahead of the clash against Arsenal, he made 2 changes and fielded a 4-4-2 lineup. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta fielded a completely changed lineup of 3-4-3, a total of 5 changes, after midweek Europa League win against Dundalk.

Both teams started the game very slow but Arsenal’s luck opened up as Paul Pogba conceded a poor penalty in the second half. Both the teams were timid in approaching the game and no team took the game by the scruff of the neck.

Manchester United hit the cross bar once after a deflection from a shot from the summer signing Donny Van De Beek. The United boss tried to turn the game around by bringing on two of his summer signings- Van de Beek and Edinson Cavani. Arsenal won at Old Trafford after 14 years as Aubameyang scored at the 69th minute after having gone 5 games without a goal.

United midfielder Pogba tripped Hector Bellerin by clipping his foot and conceded a "stupid" penalty as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted it, which ended up being match-winning for Arsenal.

"We know it's a poor performance. Myself, I cannot give a foul away like this. I thought I would touch the ball but I didn't. (I) cost us the goal today with the penalty. I shouldn't have given a penalty away like that. Maybe I was a bit out of breath, it made me do this stupid mistake. I will learn from that, I'm not the best defensively in the box, I can work on that," Pogba told the BBC.

"Like I say, details. We have to do better, the team, myself, it starts with me," World Cup-winning Pogba said.

We were sloppy: United boss

Meanwhile, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed his disappointment with his team’s performance at home following a splendid 5-0 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League. The manager went on to criticise Pogba for his sloppy penalty.

"He needs to stay on his feet. Paul knows it's a soft penalty to give away," Ole said about Pogba.

"We were too sloppy, too many passes went astray and the rotation was not there. Too many things that can go wrong in a game did for us today. Today we didn't get the response we hoped for. In the first half, we never turned up. The intensity, the tempo wasn't there, the shape - they were better than us and created a couple of half-decent chances.

"In the second half, they didn't look like they were going to score, apart from the penalty. So we played better in the second half but still we have to turn up with more intensity," he added.

Next in line for EPL, United will travel to Istanbul to play against stanbul Baakehir and Arsenal will travel to Norway to to lock horns with Molde, at the Emirates Stadium.

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