Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-1 in an exciting showdown at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners increased their top four hopes and player ratings were fun to share.
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Mikel Arteta’s team was a bit shaky defensively, but they had the extra quality in midfield and the attack to secure another big victory in four days, as they have now beaten Chelsea and Manchester United in back-to-back victories while scoring seven goals in the process.
As for Manchester United, it was better than their defeat at Liverpool, but Ralf Rangnick’s team can pretty much kiss goodbye to their best hope for this season.
Below we reveal our Arsenal vs Manchester United player ratings from a wild clash, with ratings out of 10 and analysis of each player.
Arsenal player ratings
Aaron Ramsdale: 6 – Some really sloppy moments with the ball at his feet, but a good stop to reject Dalot in the second half.
Cedric: 5 – Had generally struggled to shut down Sancho and Telles and not great on the ball as he intercepted several crosses.
Ben White: 6 – Dragged around a bit by Ronaldo and caught on the crossbar for United’s goal.
Gabriel: 6 – See above. He made an excellent block to dismiss a Bruno Fernandes shot past after a bad giveaway from Ramsdale.
Nuno Tavares: 6 – What a strange game. He scored his first Arsenal goal, had a tough time by Elanga as he could have conceded a penalty in the first half. He then cashed in a penalty kick for a silly handball, but Fernandes missed it. He went for some undulating runs. Still very raw, especially defensively.
Mohamed Elneny: 7 – Solid view from the Egyptian midfielder. With Partey out, he adds some much-needed steel to this Arsenal midfield.
Granit Xhaka: 7 – Fantastic strike to 3-1 and he had a stupid booking just before that. Peak Xhaka. Other than that, a decent screen.
Bukayo Saka: 8 – His shot led to Arsenal’s opening match, and he was sentenced to a penalty kick for their second, and then scored. Worrying that he came out of injury late.
Martin Odegaard: 8.5 – He oozes class in midfield and looks so confident when he connects with Nketiah and Saka in the final third. He has been playing his best football since joining Arsenal.
Emile Smith Rowe: 5 – Never really got involved in the game and was subjected to the second half.
Eddie Nketiah: 6 – Missed a great chance and took his offside goal well. Worked his socks off in the attack, creating room for Saka and others to exploit.
Gabriel Martinelli (64 ‘on for Smith Rowe): 6 – Worked hard, especially defensively.
Rob Holding (74 ′ on for Saka): 6 – Helped decide things behind.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (90 ′ on for Cedric): N / A – Got a huge ovation when he returned from an injury.
Manchester United player ratings
David De Gea: 7 – Made some good stops and is the one United player you can not get a pop on.
Diogo Dalot: 6 – Off on Nuno Tavares’ goal and not fantastic defensively. He hit the pole and the post and looked very dangerous in the attack.
Victor Lindelöf: 6 – Did it okay, but was sometimes caught by the Nketiah movement.
Raphael Varane: 6 – Not sure how he missed the ball on Arsenal’s first goal. Sat down after that.
Alex Telles: 5 – Like Varane, he missed the ball, which led to Arsenal’s opener. Saka gave him a violent time and he gave away a penalty kick which was maybe a little harsh. Still, Shaw is the first-choice left-back when he returns.
Nemanja Matic: 6 – Kept the ball ticking nicely over and whipped a nice post into Ronaldo’s goal.
Scott McTominay: 6 – Fought away, as always, but could not affect the game and missed a great chance in the first half when he headed past.
Anthony Elanga: 7 – His pace got him into some promising positions, but could not finish the chances. His calm in the final third is the next big step in his young career.
Bruno Fernandes: 6 – Had a good effort deflected wide in the first half, played generally okay, but his penalty kick miss was the big moment and summed up his regression this season.
Jadon Sancho: 7 – Tricky as always and gave Cedric a hard time. Always wanted the ball and wanted to cut inside and link to Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo: 8 – Took his goal really well, set up Elanga on several occasions and scored another, which was just offside. His quality is incredible.
Marcus Rashford (77 ′ on for Matic): 5 – Tried to get involved centrally but had little service.
Jesse Lingard (77 ′ on for Elanga): 5 – Could not get on the ball at all in his short cameo.
Juan Mata (84 ‘on for Fernandes): N / A