Manchester United Player Ratings vs Arsenal: December 2, 2021

Written By Uttiyo Sarkar on December 2, 2021

Manchester United got their first Premier League win at Old Trafford since September when they defeated fellow top-4 rivals Arsenal, nudging out an absolute thriller by a narrow margin of 3-2!

The Red Devils conceded a shocking opening goal in the 17th minute, when Emile Smith Rowe put a shot into an open goal with David de Gea lying on the ground – injured due to HIS OWN TEAMMATE Fred stamping on his foot. 

Despite dominating 57% of the possession, United were quite sloppy throughout the first half after that. But a nicely crafted move was finished off by Bruno Fernandes in the 44th minute – making it 1-1 going into the break. 

The Red Devils began the second half hungry for another and got it in the 51st minute, when a smart swift break was finished off clinically by Cristiano Ronaldo to make it 2-1!

But Arsenal bit back almost immediately, with Martin Odegaard scoring a sweet goal in the 54th minute to make it 2-2! The game’s frantic nature didn’t dim down and United got a penalty in the 69th-minute – which was tucked away by Ronaldo to restore his side’s lead and make it 3-2!

The Red Devils managed to keep a hold of their lead after that, edging out the Gunners in a highly entertaining, bonkers game. It’s their first win over Arsenal in over 2 years and one which gets them 3 points close to that top-4 spot.

Now United embark on a new journey under Ralf Rangnick and have to maintain the winning momentum all through December to get their season back on track. 

Here are Manchester United player ratings vs Arsenal December 2, 2021

Manchester United player ratings vs Arsenal

Manager

Michael Carrick (7.5)– 

In his final game as caretaker manager, Carrick oversaw an absolute wild game for his side. To his credit, he kept his players motivated and recharged after that bizarre start. Ensured they kept pushing back Arsenal and kept hitting them with innovative attacks, forcing defensive errors.

Immediately after the game, he announces his departure from the club. He ends his short term as caretaker manager unbeaten, having won 2 and drawn one game! All the best to him for his future and he does well to uplift the squad’s momentum for Rangnick to pick up from now. 

Goalkeeper

David de Gea (5.5) –  

De Gea reacts sharply to deny Aubameyang in the 10th. Then he shockingly went down on the pitch after Fred stood on his feet leading to a very easy opener for Arsenal. Makes up for it with an incredible save to deny Gabriel’s bullet header in the 47th.

Made an insane close-range save from Aubameynag in the 77th, even though it was ruled offside later. Should’ve stood stronger to avoid that bizarre opener, but did well after that to help his side get the win. 

Defenders

Diogo Dalot (7.5) –

Only the second PL start of the season for Dalot. Gets a cheeky shot off in the 8th, only to see is easily saved. Did really well to win back the ball and send Rashford through to help him assist Ronaldo’s strike. 

Dalot took the chance with both hands, producing an impressive performance. Looked lively on the right, working hard to nullify Arsenal’s threat on his side. Won 7 duels, made 3 tackles and 2 interceptions to validate his defensive qualities. Made a nice impression to his new manager. 

Harry Maguire (6.5) –   

Harry’s back from suspension and tested early on, blocking Aubameyang’s 1st minute shot away. Tried a speculative long-ranger in the 30th that swirled over. Impressively won back the ball in Arsenal’s half in the 37th and hits another shot at Ramsdale. 

On the defensive side, at least Maguire didn’t make mistakes. Won some key aerial battles and made 5 clearances, helping bail his side out of trouble at times. 

Victor Lindelof (7.0) –

Lindelof’s been United’s most reliable defender in recent games and seems to be continuing that, doing a solid job to keep Aubameyang quiet all through the game. His positioning was really good all through the game, helping make some clutch challenges. Kept a cool game & worked hard to help his side get over the line. 

Alex Telles (6.0) –  

Telles is being allowed more freedom to burst forward in this and making some impressive runs, getting into some promising areas and creating a few decent chances in the first half. Gave Martinelli too much room to help him set up Odegaard’s strike. 

Being too narrow defensively cost him at times, allowing Arsenal to create some big chances down his side. Quite sharp going forward but needs to fix his defensive positioning to play more games over Shaw. 

Midfielders

Scott McTominay (7.5) –

McTominay seems a bit overly eager to impress Ralf Rangnick. Too hasty with his presses and aggressive with challenges, occasionally landing him & teammates in trouble. But the Scotsman dug his heels into the game to bully Arsenal’s midfielders and stop their flow through the middle. 

He won 14 (!) duels, won 6 aerial battles and successfully made 4 tackles. Kept composure in a frantic game and helped see off a narrow win for his side. 

Fred (6.5) –

Makes a bizarre error leading to the opener, stamping on De Gea’s foot and forcing him to go down – leading to Smith Rowe’s shot going into an open net. Had a shocking first half, getting bullied in midfield but then pops inside the box to tee up Fernandes’ equalizer. Nowhere near Odegaard and afforded him too much space for his equalizer. 

Does well to win the penalty for Ronaldo, forcing a silly tackle from Odegaaard. What a whirlwind of a game from Fred. Helped set-up a few goals, created some nice chances – but defensively too brittle and caught out of position multiple times. Has to be more compact to survive under the new manager’s set-up. 

Bruno Fernandes (7.5)

Can Bruno dismiss his ‘big game flop’ reputation today? It appears so, as he cleverly gets into a prime position in the box before scoring a clever strike from close range before the break. Bruno was much smarter with his distribution, creating 4 chances with clever passes and moving into promising areas all game long. A proper big game performance, more of which ought to come from him. 

Forwards

Jadon Sancho (7.0) –

United’s in-form winger looks very confident with his movement. Didn’t look too eager playing on the left wing, but played a part in setting up the equalizer – making a smart pass to Fred and allowing him to assist Fernandes. And then again makes an impressive pass to Fred leading up to the penalty. 

Like Rashford, Sancho didn’t see too eager to play out of position. Played a part in helping create 2 goals for his side, but needs to start playing on the right more regularly. 

Marcus Rashford (6.5) –

Rashy had to react sharply on the defensive end early on, making a clutch clearance in the 2nd to avoid a disastrous start. But he looks so out of his depth as a right winger, failing to create chances or get into promising areas. Tries a shot from afar in the 50th – but shoots straight at Ramsdale. 

Played a nice pass to tee up Ronaldo’s strike. Despite setting up few half-chances, Rashford never looked that dangerous on the right and often seemed clueless with his movement. Shouldn’t be played there much often, despite his assist. 

Cristiano Ronaldo (8.0) –

Ronaldo’s back in the lineup and tries a very selfish shot from afar in the 11th, which goes wide. Then gets another ambitious shot straight at Ramsdale a minute after the opener. Tried a few more efforts in the first half, but every single one of them went shockingly wide. 

Much sharper in the second half, skipping past a player and hitting a nice shot in the 47th to force a big save. And then after a million tries, he sharply diverted Rashford’s pass to the back of the net for his 800th career goal! Makes that 801 with an ice-cold penalty. 

He missed a few chances and wasn’t ruthlessly clinical as usual, but CR7 gets the job done again. Two well-taken strikes that again proves he’s anything but ‘a problem’ in this team. 

Substitutions

Jesse Lingard (6.0) –

Got in a few nice areas with his clever running, but unable to set up any promising chance for United towards the end. 

Anthony Martial (N/R) –

Worked hard defensively to help United keep some possession towards the end. 

Donny van de Beek (N/R) –

Again brought on with few minutes left. 

MAN OF THE MATCH

Cristiano Ronaldo had a game of two halves, being frustrating in the first half and scoring a brace in the second. He’s the MOTM for me from this bonkers game. 

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