Manchester United player ratings vs Arsenal

Manchester United went winless for the fourth Premier League game on the bounce after they played out a 2-2 draw against Arsenal at Old Trafford. Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring for the Gunners after a blunder from goalkeeper David de Gea but they were pegged back thereafter with Anthony Martial levelling the scores.

In the second period, the visiting team should the more ambition going forward and they made it count with Alexandre Lacazette inducing an own goal from Marcos Rojo in the 68th minute. However, the lead lasted for barely a minute with a poor misjudgement from Sead Kolasinac allowing Jesse Lingard to drive his attempt past the advancing Bernd Leno.

Player Ratings:

David de Gea: The Spain international was completely responsible for the opening strike after his poor keeping allowed Mustafi’s header cross the goal line. He, however, made amends towards the end with a couple of sublime saves to deny Aubameyang – 7/10

Diogo Dalot: The youngster struggled to show much dominance on the right side of the Gunners attack and was regularly pegged back by Kolasinac’s movement. He still managed to execute key interceptions – 6/10

Chris Smalling: Another steady performance at the back for Smalling, who missed the previous game at Southampton with a foot injury. He should still have done better to restrict Mustafi’s header for the opener – 6/10

Eric Bailly: After being absent from United duty for almost two months, Bailly came with a commanding performance where he also had the better of Aubameyang in a foot race towards the end – 7/10

Marcos Rojo: Rojo made his first competitive appearance for United this term and he delivered the free-kick which produced Martial’s equaliser. He was, however, to blame for the Gunners’ second goal after a poor bit of distribution – 6/10

Matteo Darmian: The Italian surprisingly started in the left wing-back spot but managed to produce a good showing without much fuss. He covered the ground well and used his experience to curb the Bellerin threat – 6/10

Nemanja Matic: The ex-Chelsea man was playing as the deeper of the two central midfielders and he managed to curb the Gunners threat on a number of occasions with his impressive hold-up play – 6/10

Ander Herrera: Herrera played with more aggression than usual and this got the team going in the centre of the park. His excellent pull-back from a Rojo free-kick allowed Martial to level the scores in the first half – 6.5/10

Jesse Lingard: He was regularly making runs behind the Gunners’ defence and this kept the opposition on their toes. Equalised for United with his first goal of the season which came about from a poor judgement by Kolasinac with his backpass – 7/10

Marcus Rashford: He was regularly making runs towards the Gunners’ backline but was constantly outnumbered and cut a frustrated figure at different stages of the encounter – 6/10

Anthony Martial: The Frenchman returned to the starting lineup after the Saints’ game and he made the chance count with his eighth goal of the season. He should with a neat close-range finish shortly after the Gunners’ opener – 7/10


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