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Ratings: Scott McTominay MOTM against Arsenal; Daniel James rivalling him with pace an ability. United need a massive improvement!

Manchester United drew 1-1 with Arsenal at Old Trafford in the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lacked a lot in the game, especially in the first half until a last-minute goal from Scott McTominay. The second half was poor at times, especially with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring the equaliser with both teams lacking the ability to find a winner.

United started the match in fine fettle, breaking forward and trying to capitalise early in the game, however it was not going to be that easy against Arsenal, a fiery affair at the Theatre of Dreams. Axel Tuanzebe, playing at left-back rather than right-back really earned his opportunity to start this game and proved he is ready for this first team.

Andreas Pereira nearly scored the opening goal just before the half hour mark after a quick run into the box, getting the better of David Luiz and firing his shot goal wards. However, Bernd Leno got his palm to the effort and averted conceding the first goal of the game. Arsenal then showed some positivity, aiming to get forward themselves, to no avail.

Moments after David De Gea performed a double save to deny Arsenal, Daniel James raced up the pitch, played the ball into Marcus Rashford, who fluffed his lines. The ball was then played out to Paul Pogba, who missed the connection, it rolling to Scott McTominay, who took a second and fired a beautiful shot into the back of the net with Leno watching.

After a good early start in the second half, United soon allowed Arsenal to apply the pressure on them. United should have been aiming for that second goal to give them a cushion but were not fully taking the chances they had created. Arsenal got an equaliser in the 58th minute through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was flagged offside with VAR giving it.

Solskjaer made a double substitution in the 74th minute taking off Jesse Lingard and Pereira with Fred and Mason Greenwood replacing them. United then sought to attack and find what could be a winner in this 1-1 stalemate at this late stage of the game. That was what it was after 90 minutes, an avoidance of a defeat, one goal scored. More to do.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper made a few goos saves against Arsenal, particularly the double save at the end of the first half, which stopped Arsenal from possibly taking the lead. De Gea was unable to stop Aubameyang from scoring just before the hour, which made it game on inside a sodden Old Trafford.

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18 Ashley Young

The United captain was poor when crossing the ball, which is to be expected as he’s never been all that great of late. In order to fit into this team, Young needs to be able to take set-pieces and corners effectively and for me he just does not do that. He might be the captain but like Valencia last season, he does not need to pay all that regularly.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swede played well against Arsenal, doing well to avert them from scoring in the first half. However, after Tuanzebe misplaced a pass, he all of a sudden stopped as he was aiming to cut the ball out and stop Arsenal from creating a chance which saw Aubameyang tun past him and score - it was ruled as offside with VAR overruling the linesman decision.

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5 Harry Maguire

This was not the best performance of the £80 million summer signing and his overall influence in the game stood at 69%. Lindelof showed weakness at times, as did Tuanzebe, who was playing in an unfamiliar position. United were lucky they only conceded one goal, it could have been worse. However, United should have scored at least one more goal.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

The 21-year-old was placed in an unfamiliar position, playing as the left-back against Arsenal. He was outperforming his teammates at times, showing his growth at the club. He will certainly be banging on the door to displaced the Lindelof-Maguire partnership this season. Tuanzebe misplaced a pass before the hour which Arsenal took advantage of, finding the equaliser, although it was not all his fault, Lindelof should have cut it out but he didn’t.

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39 Scott McTominay

Scored a banger to take the lead at the end of the first half. Leno saw it coming and watch in awe as the ball sailed past him and into the top left corner of the net. A goal that should show his ability after years of criticism. The midfielder should have scored another goal in this game in the second half. Solskjaer will be pleased with his impact this season, which won’t be enough for some supporters.

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6 Paul Pogba

After reports of the Frenchman giving this squad a a passionate talk last week, I would have expected hi to come out leading this team but in terms of contribution, he had a 68% influence in the game, compared to the 93% influence of McTominay, it is clear that he needs to show his worth to the team, a hell of a lot more. To read that he will demand £600,000 a week to renew his contract just makes it even more laughable.

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15 Andreas Pereira

The Belgium-born Brazilian could have scored the opener at Old Trafford before the 30-minute mark, however, he saw his effort saved by Leno. He played well at times, putting in a shift in the right-wing role which United cannot seem to get filled by a player with glitz and glamour on the flank. Pereira’s night ended in the 74th minute after he was replaced by Greenwood.

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14 Jesse Lingard

The stacking midfielder seemed to be aiming to avert the ball for the majority of the match, not actually getting involved in much during his appearance, which ended 15 minutes from time with Fred replacing him. The soon to be 27-year-old really need to knuckle down on his football or he will be a social media star instead, something he regularly puts more attention to.

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21 Daniel James

The Welshman is a cracking player to have, a bargain at just £15 million. James was the spark before the ignition of the opening goal, running into the box at speed, playing the ball in to Rashford, who failed to bury the ball into the back of the net, playing it out of the box for McTominay to open the scoring. Ryan Giggs will be proud of this new Welsh winger.

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10 Marcus Rashford

The England striker was not fully fit or in the game all that much, back to the missing of chances and the lacklustre finishing. Something is not quire right with him, He played a part in the opening goal, missing his chance, playing the ball out and McTominay scoring his effort.

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Substitutes

17 Fred

Replaced Lingard 74’. The Brazilian had some key passes in the game and helped United defend when Arsenal were seemingly seeking a winner, which never came. Fred needs to play more in order to see if he’s the player United need in midfield. So far, he’s looked sub-par but so did Lindelof in his first season, finding his feet in his second, but he played a lot more than Fred.

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26 Mason Greenwood

Replaced Pereira 74’. The soon to be 18-year-old should have started after his form had shown more promise than that of Rashford of late. He had some involvement in the game but could not find his first Premier League goal.

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Goals: Scott McTominay 45′; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 58′

Assists: Marcus Rashford 45′; Bukayo Saka 58′

Manchester United: De Gea; Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Pogba; Pereira (Greenwood 74′), Lingard (Fred 74′), James; Rashford

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Rojo, Williams; Mata, Matic

Bookings: Marcus Rashford 27′, Andreas Pereira 32′, Ashley Young 41′, Jesse Lingard 68′; Calum Chambers 10′, Granit Xhaka 77′

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