PLAYER RATINGS: Christian Eriksen gives a MOTM display

PLAYER RATINGS: Christian Eriksen gave a Man of the Match display and Marcus Rashford confidently buried his chances… but both Gabriel and Martin Odegaard had an afternoon to forget

  • Manchester United dispatched Arsenal in a 3-1 win at Old Trafford on Sunday 
  • Antony fired the hosts ahead before Bukayo Saka equalised in the 60th minute
  • But Marcus Rashford netted twice in 10 minutes to seal the victory for United
  • Sportsmail has assessed the occasion and analysed the players’ performance

A debut goal from Antony and a second-half brace from Marcus Rashford helped Manchester United claim their fourth successive Premier League win, as the Red Devils beat Arsenal 3-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Erik ten Hag’s side carved out an electric counter-attacking performance to stun the league leaders and climb to fifth in the Premier League table.

Sportsmail has analysed the individual players in each camp and assessed the quality of their performances.

Manchester United delighted Old Trafford with a superb 3-1 win against league leaders Arsenal

David de Gea – 6.5

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Made a couple of important saves to deny Gabriel Martinelli in the first-half. A reliable and composed performance.

Diogo Dalot – 6.5

Struggled to deal with Martinelli’s pace for the disallowed goal but defended well in the second-half.

Raphael Varane – 6

Offered an experienced head at the back during Arsenal’s spells of pressure. But his wayward pass resulted in Bukayo Saka’s leveller.

Lisandro Martinez – 6.5

Dealt okay with star man Gabriel Jesus and distributed the ball well. Another tidy afternoon.

Tyrell Malacia – 6

Worked tirelessly again but left Saka unmarked for the equaliser. Somewhat fortunate his late tackle didn’t result in a penalty.

Scott McTominay – 8

Disrupted Arsenal’s flow with aggressive tackling and the occasional tactical foul. Doing everything he can to keep Casemiro out of the team.

Scott McTominay impressed in midfield after frustrating Arsenal with aggressive tackling

Christian Eriksen – 9

Bossed United’s midfield and launched the attack for Antony’s opener. Involved in Marcus Rashford’s first and assisted his second.

Bruno Fernandes – 7

Relentless work-rate and helped United in both defence and attack. Showed great awareness to slide Rashford in behind.

Jadon Sancho – 5.5

Overshadowed by  Rashford and Antony and was hauled off early. Failed to kick on from his winner against Leicester.

Marcus Rashford – 8

Endured a quiet first half before evolving into United’s main attacking threat in the second. Showed a clinical touch to bag two goals and the assist for Antony’s opener.

Antony – 7

Enjoyed the perfect start to his United career after taking his goal well. Helped inject the Red Devils with energy and intensity.

Antony fired Manchester United ahead having joining the Red Devils for £85m on deadline day

Arsenal

Aaron Ramsdale – 5.5

Dived very early for Antony’s opener and made three fairly routine saves.

Ben White – 5

Lost track of Rashford as he grew into the game in the second half. Not his finest performance.

William Saliba – 6

Was arguably Arsenal’s best defender and distributed well from the back but was caught napping by Rashford for the first goal.

Gabriel Magalhaes – 5

Failed to organise Arsenal’s high line effectively as the Gunners’ most experienced centre-back. Should have brought down Fernandes ahead of Antony’s goal.

Gabriel Magalhaes struggled as Rashford and Antony caused Arsenal’s plenty of problems

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 5.5

Showed some intricate control and passing in the first half but offered little width for Arsenal in attack.

Martin Odegaard – 5

Found little joy in attack as Arsenal struggled to break United down. His assist for Jesus made up for the foul he made in the build-up to Martinelli’s disallowed goal.

Albert Sambi Lokonga – 5

Gave the ball away for the second and had a forgettable performance at the base of midfield.

Granit Xhaka – 6.5

Put in a decent performance despite the defeat. Created a handful of chances in the first-half that weren’t pounced upon.

Granit Xhaka had a solid performance in Arsenal’s engine room despite the disappointing loss

Bukayo Saka – 7

Handed plenty of problems on the right flank  and deservedly opened his account for the season. Would have had the assist for Martinelli’s disallowed goal.

Gabriel Martinelli – 7

Unfortunate to have his goal chalked off and caused havoc on the left-hand side. Arsenal’s best player in the first half.

Gabriel Jesus – 7.5

 Linked up well with the midfield and held up the ball impressively in attack. Involved in the equaliser and looked sharp as he has all season.




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