Manchester United are aiming to get back to winning ways when they face an in-form Arsenal side in another away game. They were unable to do so, playing out a frustrating 0-0 game to move further away from the summit of the Premier League.
The game started in some nice free-flowing fashion and both sides went at each other’s throats, but there were no goals in the first half – despite the Red Devils getting the better scoring chances & dominating possession.
In the second half, Arsenal hit the post and United got some promising chances, but just couldn’t convert them. In the end, both sides had to accept a point apiece. United keep their away unbeaten run in the PL intact, but are now 4 points behind league leaders Man City & yet to get a league win over the traditional top-6 this season.
Manchester United Player Ratings vs Arsenal
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (5.0) –
Solskjaer started with Pogba in a weird left wing position but got his proper team out after McTominay’s substitution. However, his faith in an underperforming Martial backfired – with the Frenchman struggling,
Should’ve subbed in Greenwood early on or could’ve even brought Donny van de Beek on. Also seemed to be too content with a draw, with his team not as desperate to win the game towards the end. Needs to get his side motivated again to get back to winning games on a trot again.
David de Gea (6.5) –
After a bittersweet game against Sheffield Utd, De Gea must tap into Superman mode for this one. Does well to hold onto Lacazette’s shot in the 16th. Forced into making his first real save in the 65th, parrying out Smith-Rowe’s powerful attempt wide. Relatively untested apart from that and gets an easy clean sheet.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.5) –
The right-back almost redeemed his recent poor attacking displays by getting in a scoring area in the 33rd, but his header went well wide. Makes a great recovery challenge to block a goal in the 49th.
Picked up his first yellow card of the season soon after that. Defensively, he was brilliant and thwarted nearly everything the Gunners threw at him. Whipped in a great cross for Cavani’s late chance which could’ve been the cherry on top of the cake for him.
Harry Maguire (7.0) –
After a decent first half, Maguire starts the second with a solid goal-saving block in the 50th. Seemed to thrive under the physical battle against Lacazette and eventually got the best of him. Not particularly harshly challenged, but he leapt up whenever needed to shoo away danger and get a clean sheet for his side.
Victor Lindelof (7.5) –
Lindelof returns today after recovering from a back problem. Looked really comfortable all game long, moving the ball forward really well and using his intelligence to close down space for the opponents. Won his key duels too & helps his side get another clean sheet from a big game.
Luke Shaw (8.0) –
Back into the starting XI after sitting out the Sheffield Utd loss. Put in a great cross for a big scoring chance in the 44th, but sees his efforts wasted. Then makes a brilliant run in the 58th which nearly results in a scoring chance.
He was United’s best attacking prospect today, but was let down by his inefficient forwards. Even defensively, Shaw hardly put a foot wrong and kept his wing on lockdown. Probably United’s best player today in another big game.
Scott McTominay (N/R) –
McTominay’s acting as the cover for the backline today, tiding up Arsenal’s misplaced passes very well. Despite being defensively solid in the first half-hour, he picked up some kind of an injury in the process. Tried his hard to play on, but the pain became unbearable and had to be subbed in the first-half.
Fred (7.0) –
The Brazilian almost got his first goal of the season early on, bu his well-placed but weak shot into the top corner was saved in the 20th. He thrived in the midfield battle & didn’t back down after McTominay went off. Made some fantastic interceptions & stole away possession from the Gunners on numerous occasions to spark counter-attack. His attacking contribution still remains off.
Paul Pogba (6.5) –
Pogba starts as a makeshift left-winger today! Played in Fernandes for his chance with a clever pass after the half-hour mark. Moves into a central role after McTominay taken off. Looked much more comfortable there, getting enough of the ball and moved it around the final third really well. Defensively he worked hard again & put in another tenacious shift in midfield.
Bruno Fernandes (5.0) –
Bruno starts the game well, playing a gorgeous long pass which almost sends Rashford through early on. Sneaked into the box in the 34rd, but his attempted curler went just wide. But he seemingly switched off in the second half, not getting enough of the ball in the final third. A day to forget for Bruno.
Edinson Cavani (6.0) –
Cavani replaces the misfiring Martial in the lineup today. Got his first real chance just before the hour-mark, but the delivery to him was too powerful to tap into the net. Then got another one very late on, but his unique volley went agonizingly wide. On another day, he could’ve been the match-winner but the small margins of soccer didn’t help him today.
Marcus Rashford (4.0) –
Rashford is looking to trouble Arsenal’s makeshift left-back Cedric today with his movement down the right. Poor decision making wastes a scoring chance in the 17th. Then wastes a glorious scoring chance from yards out just before the break. Got another scoring chance in the 80th, taking an ambitious shot from an awkward angle when he should’ve passed it. Subbed after a poor display.
Anthony Martial (5.0) –
After failing to impress in recent games, Martial has a lot riding on his shoulders today. He worked harder than usual, but nothing noteworthy. Seems to have lost his mojo working down the left-wing and really shouldn’t play there anymore.
Mason Greenwood (N/R) –
Came on too late to make any real impact.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Shaw was United’s standout performer and outshined all the attackers with his brilliant movement. Robbed off an assist today, but his fantastic performance deserves the MOTM title.