EPL 2016/17: Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal - Player ratings
In what turned out to be a rather anticlimactic affair, Manchester United and Arsenal ended up sharing the spoils after a late Olivier Giroud header cancelled out a fine Juan Mata strike.
Manchester United were the dominant team throughout the game and after a somewhat cagey first half, Jose Mourinho’s side came out all guns blazing in the second half. The Red Devils took the lead in the 69th minute when Paul Pogba set free Ander Herrera on the right. Herrera’s pinpoint cross found Juan Mata unmarked at the edge of the box and the Spaniard made no mistake, slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
Arsene Wenger responded by throwing on Olivier Giroud and Oxlade-Chamberlain and it turned out to be a brilliant decision by the manager as the duo would then go on to combine for the equaliser.
Chamberlain drifted past Marcus Rashford before lobbing a ball into the box for Olivier Giroud to power home, leaving David de Gea helpless and Jose Mourinho fuming.
While Arsenal will be the much happier of the two sides, Wenger will still be mightily disappointed with the performance of his side. For Manchester United, it was about crucual dropped points at home.
On that note, take a look at how the players fared:
David de Gea – 6/10
The Spaniard had little to do and his only action was picking the ball out of his own net in the final minutes of the game as Arsenal mustered just the one shot on goal. De Gea’s distribution was not the best but then no one’s really was on the night.
Matteo Darmian - 5/10
Darmian had a poor first half and was booked as early as the 25th minute for a poor challenge on Coquelin. He was then lucky not to be sent off after lunging in late on Carl Jenkinson. Despite dealing quite effectively with the threat of Walcott and Jenkinson, the Italian wasn’t really at his best and was substituted just after the hour mark.
Marcos Rojo – 7/10
Rojo had a solid game throughout. The Argentine comfortably dealt with Alexis Sanchez for the most part and had a good understanding with Phil Jones. Rojo was solid in the air and made a total of 13 clearances, by far the highest on the night. He was also unlucky not to get on the scoresheet when he fired a header wide in the second half.
Phil Jones – 6/10
Jones, on his return, had a decent outing. Thrust in alongside Rojo in a makeshift United defence, he ensured that Ozil and Sanchez could not link up in the final third. With 10 clearances to his name, Jones thwarted most of what was thrown at him.
Antonio Valencia – 7/10
Valencia miraculously proved his fitness in time to get on the teamsheet. One of United’s best players on the night, he constantly pressurised Nacho Monreal into making mistakes. His pace and trickery put the Spaniard on the back foot and he was extremely unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty in the first half when he was brought down by Monreal.
Michael Carrick - 6/10
Carrick’s distribution was brilliant as always and he also contributed effectively in defence. With a pass accuracy of 82%, he ensured United constantly moved the ball upfield.
Ander Herrera – 7.5/10
Herrera was brilliant offensively and linked up well with Mata and Pogba. The Spaniard ended up with an assist to his name as it was his inch-perfect delivery that found Mata at the edge of the box for United’s goal. Herrera completed 67 passes, by far the most in the United team.
Paul Pogba - 7/10
Paul Pogba finally seems to be finding his feet in the Premier League. A commanding presence in midfield, the Frenchman was steady in possession of the ball and played a few neat triangles with his fellow midfielders. A brilliant through ball to Mata in the first half almost resulted in a goal. He also outmuscled Coquelin a couple of times to find space in the final third which he then used to feed Rashford and Martial.
Juan Mata – 8/10
The best player on the pitch by far, Mata proved exactly how important he is to the United setup. Apart from his brilliant finish, he could've had a couple more goals only to be denied by Petr Cech.
Anthony Martial – 5/10
Not the best performance from the Frenchman as he was anonymous for most of the game. A couple of successful dribbles in the first half were the highlights of his game. He did have a great chance in the first half to give United the lead but scuffed his effort.
Marcus Rashford – 6/10
The weight of expectations probably got to the youngster as he was just unable to produce his best on the night. Despite making a couple of clever runs in behind the defence, he was really not a threat to the Gunners and was easily dealt with by Koscielny and Mustafi. His pace occasionally meant that he found pockets of space but he was ultimately unable to produce anything worthwhile in the end,
Daley Blind – 6/10
Blind replaced Darmian just after the hour mark. The Dutchman made a couple of clearances and tackles but was ultimately in no man's land for Arsenal's goal.
Wayne Rooney – 5/10
Rooney was energetic after coming off the bench but, like in recent times, it just didn't happen for him. This was as good a time as any to find some form; Arsenal have been one of Rooney's favorite oppositions in recent times but apart from a couple of crosses into the box, the Englishman hardly featured. He also picked up a yellow card for dissent late on in the game.
Morgan Schneiderlin – NA