Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal

by Sam Peoples

David de Gea 100 – Deserves his own elite player rating after pulling off yet more world class saves.

Antonio Valencia 3 – He is not a right-back and is a liability. End of conversation. Responsible for Arsenal’s winner too.

Chris Smalling 6 – Did OK. Not much else to say about his performance really.

Marcos Rojo 5 – Same with Rojo. Not a stand-out showing but wasn’t good enough when switched to left-back.

Luke Shaw 4 – Clearly not fully fit as Oxlade-Chamberlain had him for breakfast in the first half.

Daley Blind 5 – Arguably Blind’s worst performance in a Manchester United shirt. Ambled and sloppy in possession.

Ander Herrera 6 – Shouldn’t have been hooked off and it showed as United’s tempo dropped dramatically in the second half.

Angel di Maria 0 – His performance was actually good on the night, including his cross for Rooney, but he gets zero for the stupidity of his red card.

Ashley Young 6 – Was dangerous in the first half but not so much in the second. Still played better than lots around him.

Marouane Fellaini 5 – Juan Mata should have started in his place. United’s plan B seems to become plan A when Fellaini starts.

Wayne Rooney 7 – Great goal with a well taken header. Was keen to get involved everywhere but didn’t provide the spark that was needed.

Substitutes

Phil Jones 6 – Actually played quite well after he came on at half-time apart from his decision not to clear before Valencia mishit his back-pass.

Michael Carrick 6 – Needs to regain his full fitness but Blind’s performance might see Carrick come straight back in the starting XI ahead o the Dutch midfielder.

Adnan Januzaj 4 – Shocking dive right at the end. Added some pace when he came on but failed to make anything of it.

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