Manchester United’s remarkable revival under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued on Friday night against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
The Red Devils went into the FA Cup fourth-round tie as narrow underdogs, despite winning all of their seven previous fixtures, but made it eight victories on the spin thanks to another impressive team performance.
Former Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring on the half-hour mark before Jesse Lingard netted United’s second goal of the night minutes later.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back for the Gunners shortly before half-time but Anthony Martial’s finish in the closing stages of the match ensured United will be in the hat for the fifth-round draw.
United’s players have rediscovered their swagger since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho last month.
They’re all playing with smiles on their faces, and some of the goal celebrations against Arsenal suggest they’re currently having the time of their lives.
Lingard celebrated his goal with a Michael Jackson-style moonwalk, which was perfectly captured by one supporter in the stands.
The England international then further antagonised Arsenal supporters by posting a photo of his celebration on Instagram, tagging the Emirates as ‘Dancefloor’.
Lingard, who was involved in a spat with some of the Arsenal fans during the second half, was then filmed outside the Emirates later in the evening.
Just as he was about to board the team coach, Lingard can be seen the clip performing the moonwalk in the Emirates car-park to Jackson’s 1980s classic ‘Billie Jean’.
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Needless to say, Man Utd fans couldn’t stop laughing at Lingard’s pure ‘disrespect’ for the Gunners.
However, Lingard has ensured that he’ll receive a hostile reception from the Arsenal fans the next time he steps foot inside their home stadium.
Solskjaer, though, was only concerned with Lingard’s performance and hailed the 26-year-old as a ‘big-game player’ after the match.
"Jesse's a big game-player," the Norwegian coach was quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News in his post-match press conference. "He's shown that for England, for us. He always pops up with goals, was it last year counter-attack goal against Arsenal?
"So Jesse is someone we never, never hesitate to put in a Man United team and he's been brought through this system, he knows what this means, he knows the club, he knows this history, he knows all the counter-attacking goals we've scored against Arsenal.
“He knows everything about the club and he's someone we'll look after."