Manchester United suffer a second consecutive defeat, as Arsenal gain leverage in the battle for top four.
The gunners caught United cold, as they found themselves a goal to the good after just three minutes. Woeful attempts to clear the ball by both Raphael Varane and Alex Telles led to Nuno Tavares pouncing on a parried Bukayo Saka shot to open the scoring. United were buoyed into a response with Anthony Elanga being denied as well as Bruno Fernandes. However, it was Arsenal who found the second via a controversially won penalty.
United did respond minutes later as Cristiano Ronaldo got on the end of a Nemanja Matic cross and placed the ball past Aaron Ramsdale. In the second half, a missed Fernandes penalty gave Arsenal the confidence to win the game and Granit Xhaka’s long-range strike won it for the Gunners.
Here’s how each player performed with a rating out of 10:
Goalkeeper and defenceEmbed from Getty Images
David de Gea: 7
Despite the three goals conceded De Gea saved United from what could have been another embarrassing scoreline. One of today’s positives.
Diogo Dalot: 7
Dalot was another that didn’t deserve to be on the losing side today. Defensively he left a little to be desired but offensively he was unlucky not to pick up a brace today.
Victor Lindelof: 6
The swede looked solid for the most part but at key moments we were left wanting a bit more.Embed from Getty Images
Raphael Varane: 5
Varane made his return to the starting lineup after weeks sidelined and it definitely showed. The Frenchman played a huge part in the comedy of errors that led to Arsenal’s opener that ultimately set United back early on.
Alex Telles: 4
Telles was another that failed to put in a convincing display. Going forward he showed flashes but his frailties and lack of concentration at the back cost United any points.
Nemanja Matic: 6
There were a few worrying spells for Matic who seemed to be unable to deal with Arsenal’s energy. He did however pick up the assist for Ronaldo’s goal with a superb cross.
Scott Mctominay: 6
Mctominay did provide that energy in midfield, but he also showed signs of a lack of overall match sharpness.Embed from Getty Images
Bruno Fernandes: 3
The most disappointing performance of the lot. A missed penalty and a poor touch that led directly to Arsenal’s third goal pretty much sums up his performance.
Anthon Elanga: 6
Elanga showed signs of causing problems early on but ultimately found himself on the periphery of proceedings.Embed from Getty Images
Cristiano Ronaldo: 7
One of the few positives of United’s performance, he was sharp from the first whistle, looking to get involved in play by dropping deep. He also took his goal well and was unfortunate not to grab a few more.
Jadon Sancho: 7
Had the beating of his full-back all afternoon. If anything was good was going to come offensively it would have come from him.
Jesse Lingard: 6
Marcus Rashford: 5
Juan Mata: n/a