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Manchester United player ratings vs Arsenal: Herrera and Mata in top form but strikers flop

Manchester United thought they had done enough to seal all three points against Arsenal on Saturday but were held to a 1-1 draw by their rivals.

Juan Mata gave the home side the lead, but Olivier Giroud struck late on to ensure that the two sides had to settle for a point apiece.

In turn, Jose Mourinho would have been disappointed as his side missed the chance to close the gap on the top four.

Manchester United player ratings:

David De Gea – 6

Had little to do throughout the game and was unable to do much about Giroud’s header finding the back of the net.

Antonio Valencia – 7

Wasn’t asked to do much defensively and so had the freedom to break forward and cause Arsenal problems. A welcome return to action after injury.

Phil Jones – 5

Slipped in the build-up to Giroud’s goal which ruined what was otherwise a decent performance as he looks to put together a run of games.

Marcos Rojo – 6

The Argentine wasn’t afraid to get stuck into a tackle and produced a solid display to give Mourinho a reason to keep him in the team.

Matteo Darmian – 5

Risked being sent off in the first half and was replaced early as he didn’t do much to silence speculation over a possible exit in January.

Michael Carrick – 7

Despite his advancing years, he continues to play a pivotal role for United in front of the defence as he keeps things ticking for his side.

Ander Herrera – 8

Tenacious display from the Spaniard as he wasn’t afraid to put his foot in while also getting on the ball and pushing the tempo of the game.

Juan Mata – 8

Took his goal very well with a clinical finish and continues to play a decisive role for United as a creative spark for his side behind the striker.

Paul Pogba – 6

Some flashes of how commanding and classy he can be but wasn’t consistent enough to dominate the game for his side in midfield.

Anthony Martial – 5

Had a couple of moments that looked threatening but wasn’t clinical and was eventually replaced as he was too quiet in general.

Marcus Rashford – 6

Still not reaching the heady heights of last season even in his preferred role up front but worked hard for his teammates off the ball.

Substitutes

Wayne Rooney – 5

Despite his troubles last week, was given 30 minutes but wasn’t able to offer a decisive contribution.

Daley Blind – 5

The Dutchman was brought on to help control the game and see out the win but things didn’t stick to the plan.

Morgan Schneiderlin – 5

Similar to Blind in that he was brought on to protect United’s lead but United conceded late on to drop points.

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