Manchester United vs Arsenal: Player Ratings | Premier League 2018-19
At the Theatre of Dreams, Arsenal and Manchester United played out an entertaining draw with the score reading 2-2 at the end of ninety minutes. The Red Devils twice came back from a goal down to ensure that they shared the spoils.
With the draw, the Gunners extended their unbeaten streak to 20 games while the Red Devils remained winless in their last four league encounters.
The draw leaves Mourinho’s men languishing in 8th while Arsenal slipped out of the top four, courtesy goal difference.
The home side got off the blocks quicker and controlled the early exchanges. With their front three harrying Arsenal’s defence, the Red Devils displayed the stomach for a fight right at the outset. However, Arsenal slowly grew into the game and strung passes together.
The Gunners went ahead when Mustafi nodded in from Torreira’s corner but their joy was short-lived as some questionable defending handed Manchester United their equaliser.
The second half started in similar fashion with the home side applying the early pressure and the away outfit gradually coming into the game. In the 68th minute, Arsenal went edged in front for the second time when Lacazette pounced upon a poor error by Rojo.
However, Manchester United hit back straight from the resulting kick-off. Contesting an aerial ball, Lukaku made a nuisance of himself and the ball fell to Kolasinac. The Bosnian in his effort to control the ball inadvertently laid it on a plate for Lingard to fire home.
The last quarter of the game had a real ebb and flow to it with both teams going all out for the victory. However, looking at the performances of both teams, the draw was probably the fairest result.
Here is a look at how the players fared from the game:
David de Gea: 5/10
The Spaniard was completely at fault for the Gunners’ opening goal as he fluffed a routine save from Mustafi’s header. However, he redeemed himself slightly with a point-blank save from Aubameyang. Yet, the elementary mistake is not something you expect from one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Diogo Dalot: 5.5/10
The Portuguese was handed his first league start and didn’t cover himself in glory. Kolasinac gave him a torrid time throughout and he allowed the Bosnian to run in behind way too frequently. Additionally, his decision making let him down when he found himself in promising attacking positions.
Chris Smalling: 6.5/10
The Englishman started the game strongly and kept Aubameyang quiet for large parts. However, a fatal mistake cost his team a goal as he let Mustafi enjoy the freedom of the penalty box to head home.
Marcos Rojo: 5/10
Extremely lucky to still stay on the pitch after a dangerous ‘scissor’ tackle on Guendouzi. Gave the ball away on too many occasions and looked rusty. Moreover, he dallied on the ball too much and was solely responsible for Arsenal’s second.
Eric Bailly: 7.5/10
The best defender on the night. Showed no signs of rustiness despite a prolonged period on the sidelines. Bailly was impressive in the air and his foot-race victory over Aubameyang strengthened his case for being Manchester United’s best player.
Matteo Darmian: 6.5/10
The Italian enjoyed a quiet game as he didn’t get too involved in the Red Devils’ attacking play. Darmian was also solid defensively as Hector Bellerin enjoyed very little freedom on his flank. Overall, the Italian did what was asked of him.
Nemanja Matic: 6.5/10
Matic started the game strongly and controlled the early exchanges. However, his lack of speed was exposed on a couple of occasions. Moreover, his inclination to play sideways rather than forwards scuffled United’s attacking intentions on occasions. Still, didn’t allow the Gunners midfield to completely wreak havoc.
Ander Herrera: 8/10
Herrera was arguably United’s best player on the pitch. Not shy to engage in a tackle, the Spaniard put in a real shift to ensure that Torreira didn’t control the tempo of the game. To cap off his display, he portrayed great awareness to pick out Martial for the first goal.
Jesse Lingard: 6.5/10
Lingard was pretty much non-existent for the majority of the game. The Englishman, however, displayed exemplary predatory instincts to pounce on Kolasinac’s mistake and prod home the equaliser.
Anthony Martial: 7/10
Martial was bright in the first half and his runs caused Mustafi a few problems in the first half. The Frenchman was in the right place at the right time to ripple the net for the equaliser. It was a pity that he went off injured.
Marcus Rashford: 6.5/10
Rashford put in an honest performance yet couldn’t really get himself into goal-scoring positions. The Englishman made decent runs and drew a few fouls but wasn’t as effective as he was against Southampton.
Paul Pogba: 5/10
Pogba did very little in his time on the pitch and rarely contributed anything of note to the United attack.
Marouane Fellaini: 5/10
Mourinho’s perennial ‘Plan B’ didn’t come off this time. The Belgian was lucky to escape a card when he pulled Guendouzi’s hair.
Romelu Lukaku: 6/10
The Belgian enjoyed a quiet outing and didn’t have the impact Jose would’ve wanted. However, he made a nuisance of himself in the build-up to the equaliser.