United were beaten 2-0 as Arsenal moved to fourth spot, two points above their opponents.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wasn’t pleased with how Manchester United started the match against Arsenal on Sunday.
United were beaten 2-0 at the Emirates as Arsenal moved to fourth spot, two points above their opponents.
The Red Devils had won all nine of their away matches in all competitions under the Norwegian before heading to the Emirates Stadium, but goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang kept Arsenal’s top four hopes alive as they handed Solskjaer his first league defeat since replacing Jose Mourinho in December.
However, the United interim boss bemoaned his team's slow start following the defeat.
"We started slow," he told Sky Sports. "Maybe it was a backlash from Wednesday. We created chances – when they get the first goal, it's a different game.
"We created so many more chances compared to when we beat them in the [FA] Cup. We played a better game than we did back then, but that doesn't help when the result is like this.
"It's not scratching your head. Sometimes it happens. We hit the woodwork twice, we got four, five very big chances. Some days, strikers take them; some days, they don't.
"I can't remember any saves that David had to make, proper saves. Of course, the penalty – I think the referee will be disappointed when he sees this, I don't think it's a penalty. They didn't really carve us open."