Despite the disappointing nature of the result, there were some truly magnificent individual performances from Manchester United in their 1-1 draw against Arsenal.
Below, we break down the performances of each player.
David De Gea – 7 – The Spain international literally had nothing to do all game besides pick the ball out of the back of the net after Arsenal’s single shot on target. There was not much he could do about the goal, but otherwise he used the ball effectively when called upon with his feet.
Antonio Valencia – 8.5 – The right-back was an absolute machine for 90 minutes as he motored up and down the right flank. Was very unlucky not to win a penalty for a blatant foul in the first half when Nacho Monreal threw his arms across him to halt his goal-bound run. Despite all his good play, it would have been nice to see the Ecuadorian play some more effective balls into the box.
Phil Jones – 6.5 – An otherwise good game ruined by his complete powerlessness in the concession of Arsenal’s late equaliser. Still struggles once on the ball, but otherwise was defensively sound, making good interceptions, tackles and clearances as required.
Marcos Rojo – 6.5 – In a similar vein to Jones, Rojo was sound from a defensive stand point, but was let down by his distribution. His mobility, aerial strength and tackling largely justified his selection over Daley Blind against an offence that threatened with their pace.
Matteo Darmian – 6 – Was unlucky to be booked in the first half, but showed a real lack of awareness when he went on to make a bad tackle that really should have seen him sent off. Luke Shaw still seems on the outer at United, but Darmian did nothing to push him further down the pecking order.
Michael Carrick – 7 – A calming, controlling influence in the heart of midfield for United. Did well to stop a number of counter attacks in their tracks and his usual reliable passing made him a great outlet for defence and helped United to maintain their strength in the middle of the park.
Ander Herrera – 7.5 – An industrious performance that produced an assist for United’s only goal. The Spaniard continues to impress under Mourinho at Old Trafford, but he will perhaps feel he could have done more with the amount of possession he had in advanced positions.
Paul Pogba – 8 – The second-best player on the park and easily the strongest in midfield. The Frenchman was once again let down by those ahead of him who failed to finish some of the great chances he created. Otherwise, he was dominant in the middle, using his size, skill and pace to create openings for himself and team-mates.
Anthony Martial – 6.5 – Through little fault of his own, Martial was rarely allowed to use his pace down the left as United preferred the charging runs of Valencia down the right. Still, when he did get his opportunities, he failed to take them particularly well. Tested Petr Cech on occasion, but put most his shots directly at the Arsenal shot-stopper.
Juan Mata – 8 – An ever-present threat whose intelligent movement from the right hand side made him hard to mark out of the game. Scored a deserved goal for his efforts and was perhaps unlucky to be substituted. A fine all-round contribution.
Marcus Rashford – 7 – A potent threat whether shooting or creating chances. Fired some lovely balls across the face of goals, but when he should have been on the other end of them – as he should have off a Pogba ball in the first half – he failed to be where he should be.
Wayne Rooney – 7 – A relatively effective cameo off the bench. Received lengthy instructions from Mourinho and looked to implement them well, moving across the back four well to pull players out of position. This was particularly effective in creating the massive gap from which Mata scored the opener.
Daley Blind – 6.5 – Used the ball well once he came on but failed to find a killer pass.
Morgan Schneiderlin – NA – A half-decent cameo, however, his introduction effectively showed Mourinho had opted against chasing the second goal and essentially handed Arsenal the initiative for the final period of the game.