De Gea: 7/10
Did well in a couple tricky situations, including a double save in the first half. On Aubameyang’s goal he saw the flag go up while charging at Aubameyang. He was helpless either way, but you always play til the whistle, and one thing Kevin Friend did do correctly today was refrain from blowing the whistle.
Ashley Young: 4/10
Mostly a non-factor during the match, he did provide a couple of decent corners. However, his crossing and passing were again off the mark. He continues to waste opportunities that United can’t afford to lose. He also gave up on the play that ended up an Aubameyang goal, thinking it would be blown dead for offside.
Victor Lindelof: 5.5/10
Lindelof improved on a run of shaky performances, and for the most part kept Arsenal away from De Gea’s net. He did lose track of Aubameyang on the equalizer though.
Harry Maguire: 5.5/10
Maguire was the man that kept Aubameyang onside. He managed to get on the end of a couple corners, and even let loose an excellent shot after staying forward after a corner, but couldn’t provide a crucial goal.
Axel Tuanzebe: 6.5/10
Other than 1 or 2 turnovers, Axel rarely looked uncomfortable at left back. He has excellent vision and anticipation, and thwarted a couple of dangerous runs in behind. He also looks very comfortable with the ball at his feet, and made many more meaningful runs forward than his full-back counterpart.
Scott McTominay: 7/10
McTominay’s fantastic strike put United ahead just before half-time, and was a much needed lift in a game severely lacking in quality. Unfortunately his effort was cancelled out by sloppy defending and VAR, but his efforts to get his team back in it should be recognized too.
Paul Pogba: 5/10
Despite the clear lack of quality from both sides, Pogba still managed to influence a few moments in the match. He sent Rashford running on one of the best opportunities of the game, only for Sokratis to close down on the hesitant striker. He nearly put United back in front after Aubameyang’s goal, but sent it inches wide of the post. He and McTominay are clearly a better partnership than McTominay and Matic, and if not for VAR they might have 3 points to show for it. Still though, Pogba needs to do more throughout the match to be influential in midfield. The side is desperate for quality, and he’s one of the few players that is capable of providing it.
Andreas Pereira: 4/10
Pereira wasn’t as poor as he has been in most appearances this season, but didn’t do much else to contribute. He has been wasteful with possession, and though he failed to make a real impact, he did a bit better maintaining forward possession and linking up with his teammates. He also had the first shot on target for United, but it was a weak effort right at Leno.
Jesse Lingard: 3/10
Lingard is not a suitable no. 10 for Manchester United. The team needs someone who is present and active in attack, and Lingard is neither of those things. He’s not good enough on the ball to play the position well.
Daniel James: 5/10
James had a potentially favorable matchup against Calum Chambers, but he never got going in the match. Created a few chances on runs to the goal line and passing it across goal, and started the counter attack that led to the goal, but seemed a bit out of sync with tammates at times.
Marcus Rashford: 3/10
Rashford whiffed on a great chance in the first half, and didn’t do a lot to make up for it afterwards. Perhaps he’s still carrying a knock or lacking confidence, but United need goals. He’s just not delivered since opening day. He did save the counter attack that set up McTominay’s goal, and struck a nice free kick near the end, only for Leno to punch it away. The ability is there, just needs to find form again.
Mason Greenwood: 5/10
He didn’t have a lot of time to try and make an impact, but probably should have started over Lingard. He was a worrying presence for Arsenal, but mistimed his only real look at goal on a rebounded ball.
Fred : 5/10
Not an impactful sub, but probably more useful than Lingard or Pereira in midfield. Avoided major errors, so there’s a positive.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 4/10
Ole really can’t do much with the shambolic and depleted squad the Glazers have left him with for the season, but continuing to start Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira after poor performances while Mason Greenwood has looked sharp in cup appearances is beginning to come under warranted criticism. However, starting Tuanzebe at full-back after moving Young to the right was a good decision, though Diogo Dalot may deserve to start over Young.