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Manchester United vs Arsenal: Player Ratings

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Tyler Blackett's late own goal gave Arsenal a draw at Manchester United, having fought back after a disastrous first half. In the opening period, Arsenal failed to register a single shot of any kind, and United were deservedly in front at the break thanks to Ander Herrera's controlled volley.

However, Arsenal came into the game in the second half and drew level when substitute Theo Walcott's effort deflected off Tyler Blackett, over United substitute Victor Valdés and into the net.

So, in a true game of two halves, how did the players rate?

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David De Gea: 6 - Untroubled

The shotstopper had literally nothing to save in the first half, and was taken off injured before Arsenal began to throw the kitchen sink at United. His last Old Trafford match?

Marcos Rojo: 7.5 - Solid

The Argentine was deployed at left back and was generally solid, although he hit the occasional errant pass. Pulled off a superb last-ditch tackle and a goal-line clearance, both denying Aaron Ramsey in the second half.

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Phil Jones: 5.5 - Shaky

A team with a stronger attack on the day would have exploited Jones more - he made several defensive errors which went unpunished.

Chris Smalling: 7 - Leader

Captain on the day, Smalling broke down many Arsenal attacks, although he was lucky not to concede a penalty for a shirt pull on Giroud.

Antonio Valencia: 6.5 - Decent

Got forward a lot from right back and looked quite threatening, but was often caught out of position in the second half.

Daley Blind: 6 - Mixed

Was very commanding in a deep midfield position in the first period, but was often easily exploited when Arsenal finally began to attack.

Marouane Fellaini: 8 - Crucial

His physicality and movement off the ball was excellent, as usual, and United's first half dominance was largely thanks to him.

Ander Herrera: 7.5 - Diligent

Timed his run into the box brilliantly and took his goal well, but was forced to do midfield dirty work for lots of the game and conceded many fouls.

Ashley Young: 8.5 - Superb

A strong threat throughout, Young was the biggest goal threat on the day and persistently caused problems down the left flank.

Juan Mata: 6.5 - Faded

Drifted inside and was quite influential in the first half, but was anonymous in the second.

Radamel Falcao: 6 - Average

Held the ball up quite well in the first half but never looked like a genuine goal threat, and was duly substituted. His gestures at the end of the match looked very much like a wave goodbye to Old Trafford.

Subs: 

Robin Van Persie: 5.5 - Not-so-super Sub

Came on in the 61st minute but offered virtually nothing. His only attempt was a right footed half volley from Fellaini's knock-down, a difficult chance which he skied.

Tyler Blackett: 6 - Unfortunate

Didn't do much wrong since coming on, and was unlucky when Walcott's shot deflected in off him.

Victor Valdés: 6 - Helpless

Wasn't tested with any hugely difficult shots, but could do nothing about the goal due to a very cruel deflection.

ARSENAL

David Ospina: 6.5 - Ordinary

Wouldn't call Herrera's goal a "goalkeeping howler"; it was hit quite hard from 6 yards out, but a top class keeper, such as De Gea, Courtois, Lloris etc. would definitely save it. Kicking accuracy poor.

Nacho Monreal: 6.5 - Variable

Was definitely at fault for the first goal, not noticing Herrera enter the box, but apart from that the Spaniard defended decently and looked relatively threatening going forward.

Per Mertesacker: 7 - Persistent

Pulled off several crucial clearances and blocks, although his marking was loose too often.

Laurent Koscielny: 7.5 - Important

Was sometimes out of position in the first half but was a rock in the second, winning the ball back and sometimes starting attacks from deep.

Héctor Bellerín: 5.5 - Vulnerable

Ashley Young caused him many problems and he offered nothing going forward, although he did pull off one superb last-man tackle on Young.

Francis Coquelin: 7 - Overcommitted

The Frenchman wasn't given enough support by his fellow midfielders and did well considering this.

Santi Cazorla: 5.5 - Disappointing

The Spaniard likes to have space in order to pick a pass, but was constantly outnumbered and caught in possession. His passing accuracy was very poor.

Alexis Sánchez: 5 - AWOL

A quiet day for the Chilean, who's in need of a rest after a season where's been played nearly every game.

Mesut Özil: 5.5 - Quiet

Kept possession when going forward but created almost nothing in the way of chances. Produced a long series of overhit crosses.

Aaron Ramsey: 7.5 - Double-sided

Probably Arsenal's best player on the day, despite being almost invisible in the first half. However, he was superb in the second and it was his majestic 45-yard pass to Theo Walcott that led to the equaliser.

Olivier Giroud: 7 - Unlucky

Did well holding up the ball and was only given a few, tough chances to convert. He failed to do so. Was unlucky not to win a penalty when Smalling tugged his shirt while jumping for a corner.

Subs:

Theo Walcott: 7 - Decisive

Came on and initially had no impact, but it was his excellent movement and positive play which led to the equaliser.

Jack Wilshere: 7 - Motivational

Came on and tried to rally the team into a final attack, although he made a few defensive errors in his 15-minute playing stint.

Mathieu Flamini: N/A

Came on in stoppage time to break down play.

Man of the Match: Ashley Young (Manchester United)

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