[Player Ratings] Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal: How The Players Rated As United Close The Gap

By on November 10, 2013

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Manchester United dragged themselves back into the title race with a 1-0 win over league leaders Arsenal.

Robin van Persie was the match-winner again, scoring against his former side for the third time in three games with a first half header. Arsenal dominated the second half but couldn’t find a way through and now sit top by two points with the Red Devils now just five points off the pace.

Here are the player ratings:

Manchester United

De Gea 7/10

Didn’t really have too much to do but did everything asked of him well.

Smalling 7/10

Solid display by the defender and was even a threat in attack.

Evra 6.5/10

Did his part to keep Arsenal at arms length but was asked a few questions by Sagna and Gnabry in the second half.

Evans 7/10

Another impressive display by the Northern Irishman.

Vidic 7/10

The Serb did well to contain Olivier Giroud before being taken to hospital following a nasty knock to the face.

Carrick 7/10

Did a decent job to try and break up Arsenal’s passing game, especially in the first half.

Jones 7.5/10

Strong in midfield before reverting to centre-back in the second half and was equally impressive.

Valencia 6/10

Failed to really have any real impact on the game.

Kagawa 6.5/10

Linked up well with Rooney and Van Persie well at times, particularly in the first half.

Rooney 8.5/10

Superb display. Didn’t stop running all afternoon and chased down every ball. Assisted for the goal. MOTM.

van Persie – 7.5/10

Lovely header won it and his hold-up play was vital to United today.

Subs

Tom Cleverley (6), Giggs (6), Fellaini (N/A)

Arsenal

Szczesny 7/10

Had no chance with the goal but was otherwise solid.

Sagna 8/10

Arsenal’s best performer and sent in a few excellent crosses that troubled the hosts defence.

Gibbs 7/10

Kept Valencia pretty quiet but wasn’t a threat going forward.

Vermaelen 6.5/10

Did reasonably well on his return to the team but was unable to inspire his troops to victory.

Koscielny 6.5/10

Was given a bit of a tough time by RVP and Rooney but restricted them to few chances at goal.

Arteta 6/10

Passing was off in the first half. The midfielder improved after the break as the visitors pushed for an equaliser.

Flamini 6/10

Struggled to win the midfield battle and was eventually sacrificed as Wenger went for a more attacking option in Wilshere.

Ramsey 5.5/10

A rare off-day from the Welshman. Struggled on the right bur improved when he reverted to the centre in the second half.

Cazorla 5/10

Very disappointing display from the Spaniard. He failed to have any impact on the game as the Gunners struggled to create.

Ozil 5/10

Another who failed to hit top form. The German’s passing was poor and he didn’t really stamp his authority on the game.

Giroud 6/10

Was the one who failed to prevent van Persie from scoring the goal and was ineffectual up front.

Subs

Wilshere (7), Bendtner (5), Gnabry (6)

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3 Comments

  1. shamsudeen

    November 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    D 3pts were really needed.utd 4 life.

  2. John

    November 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Probably gave Utd a bit too much respect in the opening 30 mins but really need another striker in Jan. Arsenal really need Walcott fully fit for the big games in League and Europe. Gnabry should have come on earlier instead of Bendtner.

  3. Pre Munich Red

    November 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    This was possibly Phil Jones best game for United. He was a powerhouse in the first half and that is why Utd dominated. In the second half we missed him in midfield but he was the main reason we held on under pressure. Rooney was good but Jones was man of the match

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