Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal

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Manchester United and Arsenal played out a pulsating tie at Old Trafford during Arsene Wenger’s final visit here. The hosts won the game 2-1 in injury-time with Marouane Fellaini scoring the winner.

Paul Pogba opened the scoring for United in the first half after a simple tap-in before Henrikh Mkhitaryan slotted home from a well taken shot. Fellaini scored with a header at the death to give United all three points.

Here’s how Jose Mourinho’s men fared during the crunch encounter against Wenger’s side at the Theatre Of Dreams:

David de Gea: 6

Had a calm first half with nothing much to do. Was helpless for the goal the side conceded.

Antonio Valencia: 6

Going forward, the right-back did not offer much precision despite getting into good positions. Was solid defensively.

Chris Smalling: 5

For a player who has been playing match after match, Smalling defied fatigue and put up a decent show. Needed to be a bit quicker as he missed a good chance to score in the 2nd half.

Victor Lindelof: 5

He showed maturity and leadership quality and was commendable in the first half. Was guilty for providing Mkhitaryan the space to shoot, as the ball went through his legs.

Ashley Young: 7

Looked to possess the threat when surging ahead and was lively throughout. Made an assist for Fellaini.

Ander Herrera: 5

The Spaniard aimed to do things and looked busy. Was prudent with the ball, but lacked the dynamism in the second half.

Nemanja Matic: 6

Was very disciplined and comfortable with the ball. Could be blamed for the goal United conceded.

Paul Pogba: 8

Gave a decent display about himself on the pitch and was in the right position to score the goal.

Jesse Lingard: 5

Tried too many things and looked careless at times. Was replaced rightly in the second half by Anthony Martial.

Alexis Sanchez: 7

Had a good game against his former club and almost scored the side’s opener. Created chances and got into strong positions.

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Romelu Lukaku: 6

Was the architect for United’s goal, but was culpable for breaking down attacks. Was taken off after an injury scare.

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Marcus Rashford: 5

Was energetic, but could not break down the defence. Scored, but his goal was ruled off-side.

Anthony Martial: 7

Ran direct and looked to determine the game. His cross almost found Fellaini, whose header struck the net, but Rashford’s follow through was offside.

Marouane Fellaini: 7

Had a shot sailing above the bar on the follow through. Hit the bar with a header, before scoring the winner.

 

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