Ratings: Tuanzebe one of the brightest from the defeat; Rooney the worst!


Manchester United saw their 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates. United played well in the first half, but Wayne Rooney, who had ore than a few shots on goal today, was poor. In fact, he was poorer than poor. His sight for a shot is just not there and his ability to score from the range he should be scoring from. His Manchester United career is quickly evading him. Axel Tuanzebe was a bright starter in the game, showing his skills and class against the likes of Alexis Sanchez, whom he got the better of on a few occasions. This match was not a masterclass from either side, Arsenal just finding a chance, twice, in the space of a few minutes, them seemingly going back to business, as usual, making it look like they took advantage of United at a moment they knew they could capitalise.

The first goal came from a deflection from Ander Herrera as Granit Xhaka took a shot from long-range. The second, around a minute or so later, saw Chris Smalling not notice the offside Danny Welbeck, which was returning to an onside position before the ball was struck, with him beating the United defender to the ball, heading past David De Gea, who conceded his second and final goal of the day. United just could not come back from that. Scott McTominay made his debut in the last six minutes of the match, seemingly looking more capable than the likes of Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, which must tell us all something. United have a chance of UEFA Champions League football – winning the Europa League, which will be a task of its own if a United team like this turn-up. Jose Mourinho said the performance was good, it was, but only for a few player’s gracing the pitch, not all.

Manchester United: De Gea; Tuanzebe, Jones, Smalling, Darmian; Carrick, Herrera (Rashford 63′); Mata (McTominay 84′), Mkhitaryan (Lingard 61′), Martial; Rooney

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Bailly, Blind; Pogba

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spaniard had to make a save from Aaron Ramsey in the early stages of the match. De Gea made another great save in the first half, keeping United in the game. De Gea was beaten twice; a long-range deflected goal from Xhaka and a close-range header from Welbeck. He had little to do after the goals.


38 Axel Tuanzebe

The full debutant had a god opening 45 minutes, making two interceptions and two clearances, using his ability and pace to help his team. To me, Tuanzebe looked good being that it was his debut and it will help grow his confidence for the future.


4 Phil Jones

Played his first match for seven weeks, passing was impeccable. Won 67% of his tackles, made one interception and six clearances and two blocks. His confidence was not there and at times he was found out. Seemed to always want to pass backwards, not forwards.


Chris Smalling

Helped Tuanzebe at various points of the game, showing his professionalism by helping to protect the 19-year-old. However, when Welbeck was in an offside position, tracking back, Smalling did not notice him and looked the debutant as Arsenal went 2-0 up.


Matteo Darmian

The Italian was not at his best today. His passing was good, but everything else was poor. Playing with the freedom to attack, he got forward a lot, but failed to cause any problems, or create anything for his teammates.


16 Michael Carrick

It was one of those matches for Michael Carrick. Hardly made his presence known in the first half, which was poor from both teams. In the second, he only really started to show his impact after United conceded, twice. By that time, it was too late. Shame to see this in what could be his final run of matches at the club.


21 Ander Herrera

The Spanish midfielder saved Phil Jones from a defensive nightmare recovering the ball in the box before a shot was made. Herrera played a part in the opening Arsenal goal with Xhaka trying from long-range, it deflecting off him and beating De Gea. His time came to an end in the 63rd minute with Marcus Rashford replacing him.


8 Juan Mata

The Spanish midfielder, making his first appearance from injury, despite gracing the bench against Swansea and Celta Vigo, could not offer enough protection for Tuanzebe on the right. His attacking play was good, though. In the second half, his impact started to fade, being replaced by McTominay in the final six minutes.


22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The positioning of Matteo Darmian, it being poor, meant Mkhitaryan had to play further back to protect his teammate. Was beaten by Oxlade-Chamberlain at times, not being able to keep up with his pace. Needed to have a more attacking presence for United to prevail.


9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman seemed to be up for this match. His creativity was being let down by the poor passing of his attacking teammates, let alone poor finishing from some (Rooney). Gave the ball away for the second goal, but his teammates could have done a bit more to stop Arsenal from scoring that second goal (Smalling).


Ratings: Tuanzebe one of the brightest from the defeat; Rooney the worst!

The captain had a free kick in the opening few minutes of the match, it going straight to Petr Cech. Three shots in the first half,; two off target, one being saved. The captain has played well against this Arsenal side. Had six shots on goal throughout the match, two were saved, the rest being off target. Should have done so much better. Off to pastures new for the 'captain'.



14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Mkhitaryan. Played well, despite being somewhat ineffective from his introduction. Has the pace and ability to succeed, just did not have it today.


10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Herrera. Seemed fired up to get something from the game, but had no end product with United chasing the game from his introduction. United need to play better on Thursday. Much better.


39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Mata. Made his debut six minutes from time 2-0 down away from home.


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