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Manchester United vs Arsenal used to be the ultimate Premier League fixture.

This match between the two sides was the biggest in the country with both United and Arsenal dominating the league during the nineties.

But with the Red Devils not being title challengers in the previous three campaigns and the Gunners not tasting domestic success since 2004, that is no longer the course.

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Nor is it the case that this fixture is full of hatred and rivalry.

Ok, with Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger in opposite dugouts, there was that added spice but it’s certainly not on the level of Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira.

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We didn't quite see that sort of rivalry but this fixture still remains incredibly important.

United will consider themselves unfortunate not to take home all three points after they dominated the second-half, but they couldn't add to Juan Mata's opener.

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As a result, Arsenal grabbed a late, late equaliser when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stood up a cross for Olivier Giroud to head past David de Gea and tie the match at 1-1.

It was an exciting finish to the match, and Arsenal will certainly be happier with a draw that United.

While it's very much a team sport, we took a look at the best and worst performers from the match at Old Trafford.

Stars

Antonio Valencia

Antonio Valencia’s future was in doubt when Mourinho arrived with the Ecuadorian not exactly a natural right-back. But he’s made that position his own with his performances this season. Against Arsenal, he was constantly marauding down the right flank and almost won his side a penalty in the first-half.

Phil Jones

A couple of weeks ago, Jones hadn’t made a first-team appearance under Mourinho but now he’s starting to prove his worth. With Chris Sampling and Eric Bailly, Jones has been thrown into the deep end and has handled it brilliantly.

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Ander Herrera

The Spaniard is really starting the establish himself as a key member in this United side and he was brilliant once again. His tenacity unsettles the opposition and provided Juan Mata’s goal with a brilliant pull-back.

Flops

Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal fans were concerned to see Ramsey being named on the wing in the Arsenal line-up and his performance did nothing to ease those concerns. The Welshman allowed the match to pass him by and allowed Herrera to run off him in the build-up to the goal.

Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial was given a rare opportunity by Mourinho but failed to grasp it. The Frenchman was anonymous in the first-half and was duly substituted by his boss in the 63rd minute. It was no coincidence that United went 1-0 up just five minutes later.

Mesut Ozil

Many believe that the German is starting to establish himself as one of the best players in Europe with his performances this season. However, the German was MIA once again at Old Trafford. Too often he does absolutely nothing in these big matches - something he needs to improve, and fast.

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