London: A Kieran Gibbs own goal and a Wayne Rooney strike saw Manchester United return to the Premier League's top four with a bruising 2-1 victory at Arsenal on Saturday.
Louis van Gaal
Arsenal subjected United's makeshift defence to heavy pressure throughout the game at the Emirates Stadium, but Gibbs' unwitting intervention gave the visitors a 56th-minute lead before Rooney added a late second.
Arsenal substitute Olivier Giroud marked his comeback from a broken leg by slamming home in the 95th minute, but United held on to leave their rivals 15 points adrift of leaders Chelsea in eighth place.
"It is the first away victory and the players are very excited, but it is just one victory," United manager Louis van Gaal told Sky Sports. "We have to confirm that with further victories and then we can say we have the spirit and can start looking upstairs and not downstairs."
To compound matters for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger's side lost key midfielder Jack Wilshere and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to injury, four days before an important Champions League home game with Borussia Dortmund.
"It was one-way traffic and we lost the game. We have to take it on the chin," said Wenger.