Romelu Lukaku was a first-half hero, creating two goals in two minutes, the first for the heavily-booed Alexis Sanchez and the second for Jesse Lingard.
The home crowd was energized for a bit by Aubameyang’s goal before the break, but substitute Anthony Martial scoring in the second-half put the victory safely into United’s lap.
However, this was another game where United had their moments of lapses at the back, and the antics of one player, in particular, has fans of the Red Devils deeply worried.
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Luke Shaw was struggling during the game, unable to keep up with the pacey attacking runs of the Gunners. This showing led fans to voice their concerns on Twitter as to what will occur when Shaw is tasked with containing Kylian Mbappe when the Red Devils face PSG in the Champions League.
You know what the scariest part is? It's not this game but Luke fucking Shaw will be up against Mbappe two weeks time. We're getting smoked on the left side.
— Ali. (@UtdAlii) January 25, 2019
Do u know what Mbappe is gonna do to Luke Shaw?
— MM (@MoeyMilan) January 25, 2019
Mbappe VS Shaw will actually be legal murder.
— ManUnitedZone (@ManUnitedZone_) January 25, 2019
Shaw’s season so far has been one of redemption, with the former Southampton star fielding repeated success stories. However, illness and fatigue have pegged much doubt on his ability to succeed against big teams.
The French giants will undoubtedly pose the biggest challenge to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, particularly due to the fearsome attack that the Ligue 1 side commands.
Mbappe, in particular, has proven to be the worst nightmare of full-backs, with his pace often leaving defenders short of breath. This is taken advantage of by the Frenchman, who then bursts into the box and challenges for goal-scoring opportunities.
A majority of the discourse surrounding Shaw dealt with apprehension as to what would occur when the two youngsters actually cross paths in Europe.
Needless to say, the result of that outcome will be amongst the crucial individual encounters to watch out for during the two legs.