Wenger takes a shot at Manchester United after loss

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has taken a swipe at Manchester United following their defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday.

United fielded a largely depleted side against the Gunners, in a game which saw 18-year old Marcus Rashford shoot to prominence in the absence of Wayne Ronney and Anthony Martial with a brace.

The teenage striker led the Red Devils’ attack in the absence of their first choice strikers and continued from where he left off in midweek – where he also score a brace against Midtjylland in the Europa League.

He put in a man-of-the-match display in an all round performance that has earned the club some credit but Wenger is quick to point out that Louis van Gaal’s team also had a blend of experience, referring to their midfield trio of Morgan Schneiderlin, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera

“Let’s not got overboard. They had a very experienced midfield and spent a lot of money,” Wenger said.

The Frenchman also dismissed suggestions his side lacked ‘spirit and commitment’ as the season reaches its closing stages.

“They scored the goals, we have to look at ourselves.

“Our spirit and commitment was 100 per cent there but it’s difficult to win away from home when you concede three goals.

“We were strong enough but they stopped us a lot with little fouls. That was very frustrating. I could not question our desire or commitment at all,” he said after the match.

The loss leaves Arsenal five points adrift of table-topping Leicester City and three behind North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.