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What Did We Learn From United’s Victory Over Arsenal?

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In the aftermath of Manchester United’s victory over Arsenal, here are five things we learnt from the tie.

1) Giroud doesn’t like to be bullied

The Frenchman cut a lonely figure yesterday afternoon as he was dwarfed by Nemanja Vidic’s dominance. He had two shots, neither of which tested David De Gea, he was dispossessed on all three occasions and lost 6/8 of his headers.

2) Ramsey isn’t as effective on the right

With the return of Mathieu Flamini, Ramsey was pushed out to the right and he had little effect. Like Giroud, Ramsey failed on all three of his take ons and failed with his three crosses.

3) United are still in the hunt

The three points saw United shift just five points behind Arsenal and a win could see them go second. With only 11 games played, the Red Devils are certainly still in with a shout.

4) Jones can pass

The chunky defender-turned-midfielder completed 19/20 of his passes (95%) and bossed the middle of the pitch like a natural before dropping back into defence.

5) van Persie doesn’t do muted celebrations

While most players stick their hands up after scoring against a former club, van Persie made sure that every away fan knew how much he loved it.