Player Ratings from Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United

David De Gea (10)

One of the greatest goalkeeping performances of any generation. Could do nothing about Arsenal’s goal but otherwise was flawless. If he could get an 11 he would.

Antonio Valencia (8)

Stood up to barrages of pressure from Alexis Sanchez’s acceleration. Positioning could’ve been tighter across the 90 minutes, but it was Valencia’s emphatic strike which shell-shocked United’s opponents early on.

Victor Lindelof (7)

Continues to improve after a shaky start at the club. Calm and composed, seeing off constant waves of attack.

Chris Smalling (6)

Stood up when it mattered. Looked nervy throughout the first hour. Always tended to pass back to De Gea when under severe pressure.

Marcos Rojo (5)

Lost Lacazette on the goal and could have easily conceded a penalty late on to give The Gunners a route back into the game. Worked well in a unit.

Ashley Young (7)

Underrated moment of the game was Young’s spectacular clearance off the line. Was never going to repeat the headlines from Watford but has now cemented his position as the club’s first choice left-back.

Nemanja Matic (7)

Slide tackle late on in the first half one of the best this season. Soldiered on through the pain and adapted after Pogba’s sending off, driving forward through space.

Paul Pogba (7)

Influential throughout the match. Bullied Arsenal’s defenders with his power and pace. Red card debatable but certain to miss Manchester derby.

Jesse Lingard (8)

There was a reason why he ran out of steam at the end. A tireless display, instigating attacks on the counter. Pressed Arsenal’s back-line like an eager spaniel, and was rewarded with the second goal.

Anthony Martial (7)

His turn on the second goal was sublime, and if his final delivery was better then United could’ve found the net more against the run of play.

Romelu Lukaku (7)

Quieter in the second half but his movement for the first two goals was crucial in the match.


Ander Herrera (5)

Highlight of the match was winding up Sanchez. Spoke volumes about his display.

Matteo Darmian (6)

Excellent cover for Young when he came on.