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Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal: Player ratings

Rupin Kale
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Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League
The Armenian and the Chilean were up against the teams they represented not so long ago

Arsene Wenger's last visit to the Old Trafford as the Arsenal manager ended with a 2-1 defeat against the hosts. Arsenal, with their focus solely on the Europa League fixture with Atletico Madrid on Thursday, predictably left out most of their big players from the encounter.

It was a game that was unexpectedly tight and testing. Manchester United started off well with a goal from Paul Pogba in the 15th minute of the game, but were unable to capitalise on their lead during the subsequent 75 minutes. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a former Red Devils' player, scored an equaliser five minutes into the second half, adding spice to the proceedings.

However, though Arsenal tried their socks off to clinch a draw on the day, United's experience and Jose Mourinho's tactical awareness was enough to get the hosts over the line at the end of it all. Marouane Fellaini, who was brought on to the mix as a substitute, scored the winner in extra time to clinch a narrow win for his team.

Here are the player ratings from the game:

Arsenal player ratings

Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League
It was an impressive debut for Mavropanos

David Ospina: 6/10

The Colombian did not have a chance for the first goal, but could have reacted better for the winner.

Hector Bellerin: 6/10

The Spaniard was impressive in the first half of the game. He tried to whip in numerous crosses from the right flank and was solid at the back too. His clearance just before the Pogba goal denied Alexis Sanchez a goal against his former side. Bellerin was scrappier in the second half, though, and gave the ball away a couple of times.


Calum Chambers: 7/10

It was a solid performance from the centre-back. He held his own in tough situations and did not make errors anywhere near the goal. Dealt well with the United forward line for the most part of the game.

Konstantinos Mavropanos: 7/10

It was a memorable debut for the Greek defender, who impressed everyone with his composure on the ball and his ability to deal with the strong attackers. He kept Romelu Lukaku at bay throughout the match and did not give in to panic even once on the day.

Saed Kolasinac: 6/10

While the left-back was solid more often than not, he wasn't as strong defensively as you would expect him to be.

Granit Xhaka: 5/10

Arsenal's captain for the night, Granit Xhaka put in a good shift at Old Trafford. His passing was still a little sideways in the latter stages of the game, but his defensive performance was a lot better on the day. He could not beat Fellaini for the third goal of the night, though, and it cost his team the point at the end of it all.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles: 8.5/10

It was the first time that this versatile midfielder played in the position of his choice in the Premier League. He was the best Arsenal player on the field, he dealt well will Pogba in the midfield, and kept his calm on the ball throughout.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 8/10

The Armenian returned from injury to take on his former side on Sunday and managed to get his name on the scoresheet. He created chances going forward and put in a pretty dynamic display, something he was accused of not doing regularly at Manchester United.

Alex Iwobi: 6/10

He tried to make things happen in attack and worked hard on the pitch. The end-product from him, though, remains a concern for the Gunners.

Reiss Nelson: 5/10

The youngster tried to make things happen from the left flank, but was dispossessed too often and could not threaten the experienced United defence before him.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 5/10

It was a poor day in the office for the centre-forward, as he lacked the strong presence required to take his team over the line on the day. He was flimsy in possession and in the one direct chance that he had, he ended up heading a meek ball towards the United keeper.


Danny Welbeck: 6.5/10

The English forward has been impressive during his last few outings for the Gunners. He added pace to the Arsenal attack after coming on and was impressive going forward.

Nacho Monreal: 6/10

He was his usual dependable self in defence but was not as dynamic as he usually is going forward. He was not supposed to play in this game but was brought on when Kolasinac fell to an injury halfway through the game.

Joe Willock: 5/10

His performance was definitely an improvement over his Premier League debut earlier this month, but he did not have enough time to make his presence felt in the encounter.

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Rupin Kale is a cricket, tennis, and football aficionado who believes in the power and purity of sport. Rahul Dravid is her role model, while the Indian Cricket Team, Arsenal and Novak Djokovic enjoy her full-fledged support. She is extremely passionate about sports and has learnt galore about life by just following it through the years.
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