Arsenal vs Manchester United: United’s Player Ratings

The points were shared at The Emirates, with Manchester United dropping points in two successive matches for the first time since early December.

It was a good first-half performance from The Reds but they had little to show for it other than a few half chances. It was the second half where the two sides began to find the openings and Arsenal will feel that they should’ve scored following their second half dominance. They came closest with an Alexandre Lacazette free-kick which struck the crossbar.

While United carved open some good chances, they were unable to take them and were largely disappointing in the second half.

Here are the Manchester United player ratings for the match.

David de Gea: 7/10

The United goalkeeper wasn’t very busy throughout the match but was strong when he had to be.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 7/10

He was one of the better players. Wan-Bissaka was impressive in both his defensive and offensive duties, bar a couple of mistimed tackles. His progressive abilities were the highlight for the right-back.

Victor Lindelöf: 6/10

Lindelöf was decent at the back and dealt with Lacazette well both on the floor and in the air. The Swede wasn’t great in possession though and opted for the easy pass most of the time.

Harry Maguire: 7/10

The skipper probably had one of his poorer performances in recent games. He gave away a couple of dangerous free-kicks and wasn’t as good in possession as usual. Yet, the centre-back was still good and made a goal-saving block from a Nicolas Pepe shot.

Luke Shaw: 8/10

Shaw was United’s best player on the night. While his defensive display wasn’t great, the left-back created multiple chances in attack and was unlucky to not come away with an assist.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 30: Luke Shaw of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 30, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Scott McTominay: 6/10

The Scotsman was having a good performance until he was forced off the pitch in the 37th minute with a stomach issue.

Fred: 7/10

After a strong first half, the Brazilian had less joy in his progressive play in the second period, however, was still solid throughout. At times, Fred was exposed in defensive transitions when he’d dive in to try and retrieve possession.

Bruno Fernandes: 6/10

The Portuguese playmaker didn’t have many moments throughout the match bar his free-kick attempt and a couple of crosses into the area. While he didn’t play poorly, Fernandes just didn’t get into this game.

Paul Pogba: 7.5/10

Pogba was another with a solid performance which dipped in the second half. He looked dangerous against Hector Bellerin in the opening stages and still looked threatening when he moved into the centre. Yet had less emphasis on the game as Arsenal took control in the second half.

Marcus Rashford: 5/10

Rashford was unable to take advantage in transitional situations and couldn’t get to grips with the game. He had a couple of half-chances which he was unable to exploit. He was substituted in the 80th minute.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 30: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 30, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Edinson Cavani: 6/10

The striker was constantly making great runs and helping lead the United press which worked so well for periods of the match, yet was unable to dispatch the two big chances that were created for him in the latter stages of the match.

Substitutes

Anthony Martial: 6/10

Although he was involved in some great link-up play on the left side at times, Martial did not attack Bellerin enough and gave him a comfortable second half. It is clear that the Frenchman is lacking confidence.

Mason Greenwood: N/A

Published by Cain Smith

Covering Manchester United for VAVEL, ArchBallUK & UtdDistrict | Tactical Analysis for BreakingTheLines | Find me on Twitter: @cainsmithMU

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