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Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United: Player ratings from the encounter | Premier League 2019-20

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Modified 02 Jan 2020, 18:05 IST

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Manchester United slumped to another defeat
Manchester United slumped to another defeat

David de Gea – 5.5

The Spaniard wasn’t at fault for any of the goals and in truth, pulled off a magnificent save to deny Lacazette, before Sokratis smashed home the loose ball. However, he endured his customary unsteady moment when his clearance was charged down by Lacazette and Pepe hit the post from the resulting rebound.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 5.5

Wan-Bissaka has been one of United’s standout performers this season. However, on Wednesday, he too felt the effects of a rather dire United display. He allowed the likes of Aubameyang and Kolasinac too much space on the right and though he recovered after the restart, the game had already passed him by.

Harry Maguire – 4.5

Maguire was simply not at the races at the Emirates as he struggled against the pace and power of Aubameyang and Lacazette. Additionally, his distribution let him down and he repeatedly invited unwanted pressure by taking extra touches in his own half.

Victor Lindelof – 5

The Swedish defender was slightly better of the two central defenders, although he was also culpable of being caught square and static on occasions. Also, he allowed Lacazette to run past him to get the near-post flick for the second goal.

Luke Shaw – 4

The Englishman was run ragged in the first half as Pepe turned him inside out quite frequently. Additionally, he failed to pose the requisite threat in the opposing half, meaning that United considerably lacked width. Also, lost the Ivorian in the build-up to the goal.

Fred – 5

Fred was massively overrun in the first half as Arsenal dominated midfield and possession. The Brazilian was a tad more adventurous after the break but his poor display was summed up by a free-kick that nearly landed at Old Trafford.

Nemanja Matic – 4.5

The Serbian was brought back into the fold on Wednesday but he looked quite rusty in the middle third as the hosts’ midfielders swarmed all over him. In possession, Matic looked extremely lackadaisical and apart from one through-ball for Pereira, he often slowed down the visitors’ build-up. 

Jesse Lingard - 3

The Englishman endured a tepid 2019, recording a grand total of 0 goals and assists in the league. His first game of 2020 wasn’t any different as he was anonymous throughout and barely crafted anything of note. The midfielder was deservedly hooked off just before the hour-mark.

Daniel James - 4

The winger started brightly and immediately forced Sead Kolasinac into a booking. Thereafter though, he failed to put the Bosnian under enough pressure and also allowed the latter to venture forward too easily. Certainly not his best performance in 2019-20.

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Marcus Rashford – 4.5

Rashford (R) endured a frustrating evening
Rashford (R) endured a frustrating evening

Rashford began the match extremely timidly and subsequently, failed to establish a foothold in the contest. Though he improved marginally after the break, he didn’t cause the problems many had expected him to, especially against a rather patchy Arsenal defence.

Anthony Martial – 5.5

Martial was United’s best attacking player, although that wasn’t too steep a task on the night. He tried his best to inspire a comeback but there wasn’t enough support around to really worry the hosts’ rear-guard.

Substitutes

Andreas Pereira – 5

The Brazilian fashioned a chance for himself when he was sent clear by Matic. However, he fluffed his lines and never made an impact thereafter as Solskjaer’s substitution failed to have the desired effect.

Mason Greenwood – 5.5

Greenwood looked to impose himself early and produced a couple of decent moments. However, he wasn’t accorded the requisite time and space to create a dent in Arsenal’s defence.

Juan Mata – N/A

The Spaniard came on in the final ten minutes and didn’t have enough time to weave his magic on the encounter. 

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Published 02 Jan 2020, 04:15 IST
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