Manchester United goalkeeper may have gifted Arsenal an early lead but his performance thereafter was a top-notch, most especially saving Pierre-Emeric Aubameyang late on in the game.
Man United fell behind after Smith-Rowe scored the opener from outside the penalty box, with de Gea still suffering a knock he received from his teammate, Fred, hence leaving his goalpost empty.
The Red Devils fought back into the game after Bruno Fernandes scored the equaliser just before halftime. Fred with the assist.
Early in the second half, Manchester United took order of the game after Cristiano Ronaldo converted from a close-range, converting from Marcus Rashford’s crossing.
Arsenal fought their way back into the game a few minutes later after Odegaard scored the equaliser, in the same manner as Fernandes and Ronaldo.
The relentless Red Devils restored their lead midway through the second half after Fred was fouled inside the penalty box and Ronaldo scored from the resulting penalty.
A few minutes after United’s third goal, Arsenal got yet another chance to get back into the game after Piere-Emerick Aubameyang found himself in a goal scoring chance but David de Gea was equal to the task.
Arsenal’s right-back swung the ball into the area and unfortunately for Man United, the ball got to the end of Aubameyang but fortunately for Manchester United, De Gea stopped what could have been Arsenal’s third goal at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils defended superbly, limiting Arsenal’s chances of creating any other clear-cut attempts.
The win was Man United’s First Premier League win since their 3-0 win over Tottenham in October.
Manchester United are two points behind 5th place Arsenal, who boost of 23 points from 14 league matches.
United will take on Crystal Palace this weekend, a solid chance to strengthen their top-four challenge.