Ratings: Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard were two of the performers; Paul Pogba was not missed against Arsenal

Manchester United drew 2-2 with Arsenal at Old Trafford, which was a good result considering. Arsenal opened the scoring with David De Gea not parrying the ball and it going in under the crossbar. Anthony Martial scored an equaliser minutes later after some good play from United. Arsenal then took the lead again with some poor defending for United but Jesse Lingard equalised seconds later, capitalising from Arsenal’s incompetence.

It was a much better performance from United, especially in the opening stages as the team attacked Arsenal. I predicted a 2-2 draw and that is what happened. Although it is expected that Arsenal would leave Old Trafford after a beating. The three substitutes killed the game off for United as they seemed to lose the energy they had before the changes. Jesse Lingard was one of the standout players in that respect after finding the second equaliser for United, then after that, running through on goal again.

Nemanja Matic was named the Man of the Match for BT Sport as he did play a big part of that game for United. However, it was United’s defence that let the club down after Marcos Rojo, who has not played a lot of football, allowed Arsenal to take the lead for the second time. Rojo had a good game up until then, putting a free-kick on target which resulted in the first goal with Ander Herrera playing the ball back into the box and Anthony Martial finding the back of the net.

There is plenty for United to work on ahead of Fulham arriving at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday afternoon. Despite the injury scenario at the club, United have a good core to work with. I am not all that impressed with Paul Pogba as after his introduction, he did not get that much involvement in the game. He seems to run with little pace or urgency and just doddle through matches, seemingly letting other players do all of the work. That is just plain lazy in my book. United did not really miss him after he didn’t start.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Made an error to give Arsenal their first goal but the first error came from Smalling. Made a few great saves to deny Arsenal and seemed strong in his position. Conceded a second goal after his defence let him down. Stopped Aubameyang, which should be seen as an achievement.


3 Eric Bailly

The Ivorian was assured, composed and confident after a spell on the sidelines. Needs to retain his place in this team, keeping tweedle dee and tweedle dumb on the sidelines. A defence that consists of Bailly, Rojo and Lindelof, whether three at the back or a combination of the two, seems the best option for United for the now. In the summer, Axel Tuanzebe returns and that could shake things up.


Chris Smalling

Lost Mustafi for the opening goal of the game. Seemed out of sorts but this is Chris Smalling. His time at United should really be coming to an end. There is a reason he does not get picked for England anymore. United need to follow suit and not give him a new contract.


16 Marcos Rojo

The Argentinian started the game in good stead. Was largely solid in defence and his free-kick which resulted in United's first equaliser was impressive. Was at fault for Arsenal's second goal. Good to see him back though. Consistency could lead to as settled defensive line.


Diogo Dalot

The young Portuguese defender worked hard in his first Premier League start this season. He's a bright prospect and has bags of potential but was out of his depth at times. However, he responded well which is a good sign. He will only get better and needs to play regularly to achieve that.


21 Ander Herrera

A standout performer for United. My MOTM. Gave United's midfield something they have needed for the last few games. Showed his class by getting involved in most places and creating the first equaliser for United. He helped frustrate Arsenal which may have kept them grounded after beating Spurs.


31 Nemanja Matic

BT Sport's MOTM. He did what he needed to do but he was not the player of the match for me. Lingard and Herrera are the contenders for that. I feel the Serbian does need a rest though or a turn out will be forthcoming.


Matteo Darmian

The Italian defender worked hard up the left-wing. However, he did not see much of the ball. It was a restored performance, considering his lack of match fitness in the squad.


14 Jesse Lingard

Had the energy to fire United and got stuck into his defensive duties also. He was a dynamo in attack, which is what United need. How so many people suggest he's talentless is beyond me. I guess people are so much better themselves? Found United's second equaliser and could have gone again. Sadly, he was substitutes.


10 Marcus Rashford

Rashford redeemed himself against Arsenal. Constantly driving United forward and aiming to create something. His teammates need to be on the same wavelength, however.


9 Anthony Martial

Scored the first equaliser for United with a well-placed finish. Largely positive with the ball and worked hard throughout his performance. Came off with a knock. Hopefully not a bad one.



Romelu Lukaku

Replaced Martial 63'. Created something in the final stages of the game from the right-wing. However, it was not enough to write home about. Needs major improvement and a massive confidence boost. He did cause some problems for the Arsenal defence but in their favour, they did cause problems for themselves too.


27 Marouane Fellaini

Replaced Rojo 72'. The Belgian covered a bit of ground but largely at an inconvenience for United. After the substitutions, United were slower and less attacking.


6 Paul Pogba

Replaced Lingard 75'. Did not get much involvement in the game. The Frenchman was not really missed in this game.


Goals: Sead Mustafi 26′, Alexandre Lacazette 68′; Anthony Martial 30′, Jesse Lingard 69′

Assists: Lucas Torreira 26′; Ander Herrera 30′

Manchester United: De Gea; Bailly, Smalling, Rojo (Fellaini 72′); Dalot, Herrera, Matic, Darmian; Lingard (Pogba 75′); Rashford, Martial (Lukaku 63′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Valencia; Mata, McTominay

Bookings: Sead Mustafi 37′, Hector Bellerin 41′; Marcos Rojo 38′, Jesse Lingard 40′, Nemanja Matic 42′

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