Man Utd 3-2 Arsenal ratings: Dalot and Ronaldo excellent

Michael Carrick completed his caretaker stint with a thrilling win over old rivals Arsenal in front of watching interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

After Emile Smith-Rowe’s bizarre opener, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 800th – then his 801st – goals to settle a gripping contest after Martin Odegaard’s leveller in a superbly see-sawing contest.

It’s always nice to shoot down the Gunners especially having not done so since 2018 in the league. Here is how we rated each Red. Suiiiiiii!

David de Gea – 6

Unlucky for the opener when lying on the ground but did himself no favours when he chased the ref in protest. Two excellent stops at 1-1, though.

Diogo Dalot – 8

Memories of his horror show against Villarreal were fresh in the mind when we saw the team-sheet but he was magnificent. Superb going forward with a defence-splitting pass to Rashford for Ronaldo’s opener then thwarted Aubameyang with a brilliant tackle. Excellent.

Victor Lindelof – 7

Looked shaky at times but improved in the second half to win some key headers and kept Arsenal at arm’s length. Solid and did little wrong.

Harry Maguire – 7

Came straight back into the side to have a good game and was notably more involved in the attack too. He defended stoutly and broke the lines well with his passing.

Alex Telles – 6

Got caught too far inside for the second Arsenal goal but showed plenty of energy and grit. Not quite as impressive as Sunday’s showing in the capital but acquitted himself well.

Fred – 6

Created Arsenal’s bizarre opener when he inadvertently fouled his own keeper but then set up Fernandes and was taken out for the decisive penalty. An eventful game.

Scott McTominay – 5

Busy and bustling as usual but he offered little despite his effervescent energy. More withdrawn to shield the back four later on. Booked.

Jadon Sancho – 6

Sparked United’s recovery with involvement in the leveller as he surged into the box to link up with Fred and tee up Fernandes. His energy and endeavour always kept Arsenal on their toes.

Bruno Fernandes – 6

Almost anonymous for most of the first half but popped up at just the right moment to sweep in his first goal in 15 games. He certainly needed that one and improved in the second half.

Marcus Rashford – 5

Looked off it and had a quiet game although came alive to set up Ronaldo when Fernandes was free. A few moments but struggled and is yet to complete 90 minutes this season. Came off first.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 8

Had been denied twice before he beat Aaron Ramsdale, then did so again with aplomb from the spot. Career goals no. 800 and 801.


Jesse Lingard – 5

Offered energy and helped get us out

Anthony Martial – N/A

No rating but a foul on him relieved late pressure

Donny van de Beek – N/A

Not on long enough to make a difference.

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