ARSENAL took a 1-0 lead as they lost a terrifying five-goal game at Old Trafford.
There were some good – and some bad – performances from the Gunners stars.
But how do the players beat individually in a 3-2 loss? We review.
AARON RAMSDALE – 6/10
Squeezed a few times in the first half, but proved balanced with United’s early efforts.
Cristiano Ronaldo made a brilliant save early in the second half to score a goal against Man United while thwarting Marcus Rashford’s long-range shot.
Distribution from his feet in the open play is sometimes shaky.
Little can be done to avoid any United goals.
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TAKEHIRO TOMIYASU – 6
Tomiyasu was solid if not for the right-back, Tomiyasu increasingly dominated in the second half.
Not a bad night for him personally, but he could probably have contributed more than that.
WHITE BENE – 5
Rashford’s early header crossed the line before stopping Cristiano Ronaldo’s overhead kick with a vital header shortly after.
Also made an important late play to stop a shot from close range before the break.
Perhaps could have done better for United’s equalizer, looking slightly on his feet before plunging in too late to block Bruno Fernandes’ shot.
Also lost Ronaldo in United’s second, finally stuck in no-man’s land.
GABRIEL – 6
There was a clever header effort saved by David De Gea early in the second half as Arsenal looked to regain the lead.
Rarely seems troubled or confused defensively, but it will be disappointing to see his side score three goals.
NUNO TAVARES – 6
He’s at his best with the ball at his feet, showing a good array of tackles and dribbles – but was missing one last ball tonight.
Not as strong on defense as Kieran Tierney, you wonder how long it will be until Mikel Arteta calls back to Scot.
PARTY THOMAS – 6
Great display and power to win a free kick late in the first half, but his tame effort went close to an Arsenal player.
Busy in the center of midfield, but lacks a certain angle.
MOHAMED ELNENY – 5
Always willing to part ways in the middle of the park, but little offer to move forward.
Not a bad night for the Egyptian but he won’t keep Albert Sambi Lokonga from leaving the team too often based on his performances at Old Trafford.
EMILE SMITH ROWE – 7
Score a superb volley from outside the box with a sweet left-footed shot, as David De Gea rolls around on the pitch after Fred accidentally stands on his feet.
Always be ready to sprint to support the defence, especially when Tavares is eager to move forward from left-back.
There was only 20 minutes left to play when his impact waned a bit but there was a drastic change.
MARTIN ODEGAARD - 6
Great skill late in the first half helped him break free from the three United defenders, before knocking out Gabriel Martinelli in goal, the opportunity squandered.
In the second half, the brilliant Norwegian scored Arsenal’s second goal – their equalizer – with his weaker right from Martinelli’s precise pull-back.
But a clumsy, bad tackle from behind in the box brought home a 2-2 penalty. Ronaldo converted the penalty kick.
GABRIEL MARTINELLI – 7
Played mainly on the right flank but showed little product in the first 45 minutes, missing a delicious opportunity after Odegaard’s excellent save.
A great first cross from the right wing helped Odegaard finish from 16 yards to equalize.
Switched to the left after the introduction of Bukayo Saka – coming in for Smith Rowe – and his move down the middle sent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang past goal.
Definitely one of Arsenal’s better options tonight.
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG – 3
Try to force yourself into the game with his best moment NOT save Odegaard’s equalizer.
Freed on the right flank midway through the second half but opted to shoot from a tight angle rather than pass it to the waiting Tavares, who nodded his shot over the bar.
Right after that, he hit De Gea’s net when Martinelli saved it.
Then plotted to miss an absolute custodian with 13 minutes to play and would probably be relieved to see the offside flag raised.
Immediately subbed afterwards.
Bukayo Saka (70 minutes for Smith Rowe) – Lively as always. Can’t make much of an impact and squander two good opportunities leaving the right side of the box open. 5.
Eddie Nketiah (79 minutes for Odegaard) – Less time to make an impact. Not available.
Alexandre Lacazette (79 minutes for Aubameyang) – Hardly a single kick for a limited time. Not available.
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