Dalot 8, Martial 5: player ratings from Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United

Manchester United succumbed to yet another late defeat at the Emirates Stadium, with Declan Rice’s deflected strike in the 96th minute securing a turnaround win for the Gunners.

Erik ten Hag made just one change from last week’s win over Nottingham Forest, with Victor Lindelof coming in to replace the injured Raphael Varane.

And it was last season’s star man, Marcus Rashford, who would set United on the perfect path when his stunning strike on the counter-attack gave the Reds the lead.

United’s lead barely lasted two minutes as Arsenal hit back quickly through Martin Odegaard, who took advantage of United’s complacency after the game restarted.

Arsenal dominated the first half but the second half was far more evenly contested, with Rasmus Hojlund making a positive impact on his debut. Late on, it looked like Alejandro Garnacho had won it when he scored a one-on-one with Aaron Ramsdale but after the wild 90th-minute celebrations, the goal was disallowed for offside.

Just minutes later, Arsenal would repeat their trick from last season and score the decisive goal before rubbing salt in United’s wounds by scoring a third with 100 minutes on the clock.

Man United Player Ratings

Andre Onana – 7
Could do very little about any of the goals. Saved United on a couple of occasions.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 8
Did very well to show Gabriel Martinelli onto his left foot and parry all crosses out for corners.

Victor Lindelof – 7
Nervy start to the game but grew into it.

Lisandro Martinez – 8
After an uncharacteristic start to the season, he looks to be returning to the player he was before his injury. Came off with what looked like an injury. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious.

Diogo Dalot – 8
Kept Bukayo Saka quiet all day.

Casemiro – 7
Just like Martinez, the Brazil international is getting back up to speed after a slow start.

Christian Eriksen – 7
An inch-perfect pass for Rashford’s equaliser but was not switched off minutes later when he lost track of Odegaard, whom he continued to mark out of the game with ease for the remainder of the game.

Antony – 6
Ball retention continues to be great but is still lacking in other areas.

Bruno Fernandes – 6
Kept it safe more than he usually would.

Marcus Rashford – 7
A brilliant strike to open his account for the season but spurned a few chances on the counter-attack.

Anthony Martial – 5
The lowest score at United. Does not seem like he serves a purpose when he plays anymore.

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  1. Surely the end for Martial and, if reports are to believed, Sanco too. We’ll see a better version of Utd following the international break.

  2. United should learn to implement their game plan for 100 minutes not for 90 minutes.

    Sancho should leave United for the Arab money. The club is wasting his time & skills by benching him. ETH then has the nerve to lie about Sancho’s commitment. Signs of a club in dissaray. OMG!!

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