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Arsenal 3 – 0 Manchester United | 04.10.15
Manchester United Player Ratings
Manchester United 4-2-3-1
David De Gea (goalkeeper): 6
Didn’t really have a lot to do other than pick the ball out of the net, although did have a couple of routine saves to make. Had no chance with two of the Arsenal goals but will be disappointed to concede Sanchez’ first of the afternoon.
Matteo Darmian (right back): 3
Given a truly torrid time by Alexis Sanchez right from the first whistle. Normally so dependable and assured but didn’t know how to handle him at all. Rightly brought off at half time to save further embarrassment.
Chris Smalling (centre back): 6
Tried to get on the front foot and play from the back. Entire defence blitzed in the first half by the Arsenal team and offered no support in front of him.
Daley Blind (centre back): 5
Would have been weary of the pace of Theo Walcott especially with the lack of protection in front of him. Poor positioning for the first goal but as we all know Blind isn’t a natural central defender and can be exploited.
Ashley Young (left back): 4
Square peg in a round hole. Didn’t look comfortable when having to defend and struggled to get to grips with the role. Looked better in the second half when attacking down the left, which he is much more familiar with.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (centre midfield): 5
Tried to press high against the opposition to limit space and time on the ball but was the only one doing so. This left gaps in the Manchester United midfield which Arsenal duly exploited in the first half. Tried to get things going in the second half but to no avail, but with a better touch in the box could have got on the scoresheet.
Michael Carrick (centre midfield): 5
Dominated by his Arsenal counterparts in midfield and was being run ragged in the first 45 minutes. Couldn’t manage to affect the game from deep with his passing game and dictate the play, like he normally does. Offered no protection to his central defenders.
Juan Mata (attacking midfield): 5
Unable to find the space for that killer pass or shot on target, which he’s been doing so well at in recent weeks. Offered little help to Darmian from the threat of Sanchez. Taken off towards the end of the game as it just didn’t click today.
Wayne Rooney (attacking midfield): 4
Not the type of performance from your captain you’d expect in a big game. Failed to grab the team by the scruff of the neck and get back into the game. Ineffective and lacking that cutting edge. Got slightly better as the game went on with Arsenal sitting back but it’s just not working for Rooney so far this year and he looks a shadow of his former self.
Memphis Depay (attacking midfield): 3
Ineffectual. Failed to trouble Hector Bellerin and get at his man which we know he can. Brought off at half time as he was that anonymous. Struggling to find his feet in the Premier League at present.
Anthony Martial (striker): 6
Denied a goal late in the first half by a great Petr Cech save. Teammates failed to play to his strengths and get him in front of goal but looked like the only bright spark for Manchester United when able to get on the ball and run at players.
Marouane Fellaini (Depay, 45): 5
Didn’t play to his strengths when he came on which would have offered something different, therefore failing to make an impact on the game. Tried to get stuck in but gave away too many needless fouls.
Antonio Valencia (Darmian, 45): 6
Shored up the right side after replacing Darmian and didn’t allow Sanchez any further joy. Had a few attacking forays down the right but wasn’t able to make a significant contribution going forward to get back into the game.
James Wilson (Mata, 82): No rating
Didn’t have long enough to affect the game, especially being an inexperienced player.
Substitutes not used: Sergio Romero, Phil Jones, Paddy McNair, Morgan Schneiderlin,
Louis Van Gaal: 6
Either the game plan was totally wrong to start with or the players didn’t execute it like they should have. Was always going to be difficult getting back into the game after going 3-0 down after 20 minutes, especially with so many underperforming players. Going away to the big teams requires that rock in midfield to offer protection and missed a trick with not playing Morgan Schneiderlin.