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Manchester United vs Arsenal player ratings


Marcus Rashford had two goals and an assist as Manchester United unceremoniously handed Arsenal a first loss of the Premier League season in a 3-1 match at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Antony scored on debut for United, who has won four-straight matches to climb into fifth place, three behind the first-place Gunners and two behind cross-town Man City.

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Bukayo Saka bagged a goal for Arsenal, who nearly doubled its goals conceded for the season in the loss.

How did the players rank, individually?


We’ve got your Manchester United vs Arsenal player ratings, out of 10, below.

Manchester United player ratings out of 10

David De Gea: 7 — Had to make all of one save but passed well, especially when going long.

Tyrell Malacia: 6 — Very good day on the hole but his cheating forward and not getting back into shape on Arsenal’s lone goal — on Bukayo Saka’s side of the field no less — is a sign of his tender age and inexperience. That’s why his grade is what it is, for what that mistake could’ve meant for another statement win.

Lisandro Martinez (Off 80′): 6.5 — Gave away a dangerous free kick early but his grit is well-positioned in the unit.

Raphael Varane: 8.5 — Wasn’t great with the ball but he was basically perfect in defense. Intelligent and powerful.

Diogo Dalot: 7 — Like Varane, was good at the back but wasteful going forward.

Scott McTominay: 7 — Faded hard down the stretch but did not miss on any of his 25 passes.

Christian Eriksen: 7.5 — Two key passes for the marshall of the unit, including a wonderful long ball to spring Rashford.

Bruno Fernandes: 8 — Three key passes and a high-pressure game against Arsenal’s midfield.

Jadon Sancho (Off 67′): 7 — Played his role on the first goal but drifted out of the game.

Marcus Rashford (Off 80′): 9 — Scored on both of his shot attempts and added two key passes, one of which assisted Antony’s opener.

Antony (Off 58′): 8 — This guy is going to be fun. Style, panache, arrogance, and finish all on display.


Cristiano Ronaldo (On 58′) — 6.5
Fred (On 67′) — 7
Harry Maguire (On 80′) — N/A
Casemiro (On 80′) — N/A

Arsenal player ratings out of 10

Aaron Ramsdale: 6 — Three saves and good with the ball at his feet.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (On 74′): 5.5 — Looked rusty but didn’t make many mistakes with the ball.

William Saliba: 4.5 — A day to forget as far fewer people were singing The Champs’ “Tequila” on Sunday. Double-fitting!

Gabriel Magalhaes: 6 — The best of a beleaguered back line.

Ben White (Off 80′): 5.5 — Workmanlike but beaten for pace on a few occasions.

Albert Sambi Lokonga (On 74′): 5.5 — Just fine, not quite Thomas Partey level.

Granit Xhaka: 6.5 — The best player outside of the front four and the team’s emotional thermometer.

Martin Odegaard (On 74′): 7 —The maestro had four key passes.

Bukayo Saka: 7 — More of the same from the shifty, technical star.

Gabriel Jesus: 8 — What a player. Eight fouls drawn, five key passes amongst 88% passing in the attacking half.

Gabriel Martinelli: 6.5 — Had a tidy goal taken off the board.


Eddie Nketiah (On 74′) — N/A
Fabio Vieira (On 74′) — N/A
Emile Smith-Rowe (On 74′) — N/A
Takehiro Tomiyasu (On 80′) — N/A

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Manchester United vs Arsenal: Red-hot Red Devils end Gunners’ perfect start

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Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 at Old Trafford as the Red Devils made it four-straight wins in the Premier League and ended the Gunners’ perfect start to the season.

[ MORE: Erik ten Hag, Rashford react to big win ]

New $100 million signing Antony opened the scoring on his debut and Marcus Rashford scored twice in the second half as United were totally committed and Erik ten Hag was a very happy man.

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Bukayo Saka had made it 1-1 early in the second half and Mikel Arteta’s side played their part in a top quality game which also had some VAR drama in the first half as a Gabriel Martinelli goal was ruled out for a foul on the excellent Christian Eriksen.

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With the win United now have 12 points from a possible 18 this season as they’ve totally turned things around, while Arsenal have 15 points and after five-straight wins to open the campaign they suffered their first defeat but still sit top of the Premier League table.


What we learned from Manchester United vs Arsenal

VAR gets it spot on to deny Martinelli’s goal: At 0-0 Odegaard nudged Eriksen off the ball in midfield, Saka found Martinelli and the latter slotted home. Arsenal had caught United out but after VAR intervened, the goal was chalked out for a clear foul on Eriksen. Was it aggressive and over the top? No. Was it obviously a foul? Yes. Odegaard used both of his arms to push Eriksen in the back and that is a foul. VAR is used to overturn a clear and obvious error and this fell under that category.

Aggressive United rattle Arsenal’s slick youngsters: In waves Arsenal’s slick attackers pulled United all over the place. But it was United’s blunt aggression which ground Arsenal down over the 90 minutes. McTominay rattled into challenges, Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane kept chipping away at the lively Gabriel Jesus and Diogo Dalot and Tyrell Malacia both never stopped surging up and down their flank. Arsenal’s young side were very impressive but United just battered them.

Antony proved his class: All eyes were on him after his $100 million move from Ajax and the Brazilian proved he’s the man for the big stage. He didn’t score or assist that much at Ajax as he’s all about dictating the tempo of the play and creating openings. But he’s already shown he has end product to go with his flashy skills and this goal will do his confidence (something he isn’t short of) the world of good. Along with Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Casemiro, United’s five new signings will all play their part in reshaping this team. It is early days but it seems like United’s recruitment is finally going somewhere. (JPW)

Erik ten Hag reaction: How have Man United improved so much?

“Credit with the spirit in this team,” Ten Hag said. “They can deal with setbacks and we did. A team can do that. I think we’ve really improved the mentality. … I know we have the right characters. Now it’s about cooperation, get the resilience in, deal with setbacks but also belief. There’s room for improvement. First 10 minutes, then goal was canceled. We lost a little bit of composure.” (NM)

Marcus Rashford reaction: Even game vs a very good team

“They are a good team. They know their principles of play and are very good at it. They are a good possession-based team and offer lots of difficulties with players dropping into pockets and with attacking threats. It is what we expected. I thought it was an even game. There were big spaces in the first half we couldn’t exploit. We managed to do that in the second half.” (NM)

Mikel Arteta reaction: Disappointment with VAR, happy with performance

On VAR call that took goal away from Martinelli: “Lack of consistency. One is soft and last week they made a foul on Aaron [Ramsdale] but it is soft, it is not a foul. There is a foul on Bukayo [Saka], it is soft but not a penalty. Today it is a foul. The threshold in the first actions, you could see there is no yellow card because they want to keep a threshold in a big game. Really difficult to understand.”

Says Arsenal played well enough to win: “I am really disappointed to lose the game especially with the way it went over the 95 minutes. We had some big periods where we were totally dominant and in total control. We created chance after chance but did not close the game. In any moment, when they have open spaces, they are goPhoto by Michael Regan/Getty Imagesing to hurt you.” (NM)

Tactical focus

United came flying out of the traps with their newfound aggression but Arsenal gradually dictated the tempo of the play and were unlucky to not be ahead before Antony struck. Antony’s goal summed up the directness of Erik ten Hag’s side over the last few games as Eriksen found Fernandes in midfield and three forward passes set up the chance which Antony put away. In the second half Zinchenko pinched inside even more to try and create midfield overloads and Arsenal were deservedly level. But that directness from the first goal worked for United’s second and third goals too as they figured out that Arsenal had no real protection ahead of their defense with Thomas Partey badly missed. (JPW)

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Stars of the show

Scott McTominay: Dominant in midfield as he rattled into challenges and provided a shield centrally. Casemiro is breathing down his neck for a starting spot and although McTominay isn’t a star, he is doing a very important job for United which was summed up by his late clearance to deny Arsenal.

Christian Eriksen: Involved in all three goals and oozed class from his new deeper central midfield role. Found Bruno Fernandes centrally with those key passes to get United on the front foot quickly. That is so important to how they want to play under Erik ten Hag.

Bukayo Saka: Caused so many problems and grabbed his goal in the second half. United were very scared of him and often doubled up to try and stop him surging forward. Martin Odegaard was also excellent in midfield. Arsenal won’t be too upset with their display. (JPW)

What’s next?

Manchester United host Real Sociedad on Thursday, Sept. 8 in the UEFA Europa League group stage opener and then travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday, Sept. 11 in the Premier League. Arsenal head to FC Zurich in the Europa League on Thursday and then host Everton on Sunday.

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FULL TIME: Manchester United 3-1 Arsenal. Celebrations at Old Trafford as Erik ten Hag looks as cool as a cucumber. Look at what it means to these United players and their fans. Wow. Old Trafford is rocking.

Arsenal are trying their best to get back into this but United are so resilient now and Cristiano Ronaldo has almost been set free on a few counters as Arsenal take more chances.

GOALLLL! Manchester United 3-1 up. United catch out Arsenal’s high line and Eriksen sets up Marcus Rashford to slot home. Excellent composure from Eriksen. Game. Set. Match.

GOALLL! Marcus Rashford puts Manchester United 2-1 up. Old Trafford erupts. Just as Arsenal were all over United, another direct attack leads to a goal. Eriksen to Fernandes to Rashford. Boom. What a pass from Bruno and Rashford keeps his cool to slot home.

GOALLL! Bukayo Saka makes it 1-1. Boy, they deserved that. Arsenal have been excellent at the start of the second half. Martin Odegaard with an excellent pass, Gabriel Jesus causes problems and Saka slots the loose ball home. Game on at Old Trafford!

Substitute for United, as Ronaldo is on for Antony. The debutant gets a standing ovation from Old Trafford.

A run down the left ends in a cross clipped to the back post but it hits the top of the bar. Mikel Arteta looks happy with what he’s seeing.

Arsenal fans singing to Manchester United supporters about the referee: “Paul Tierney, he’s one of your own.” Banter is flowing at Old Trafford, as well as chances for Arsenal…

It is all Arsenal at the start of the second half. Gabriel Jesus runs clear and sets up Odegaard but the Norwegian star gets his shot all wrong. Moments later Saka smashes a shot wide but is then caught by Tyrell Malacia. No penalty kick given but Saka was definitely caught after the ball had gone. Hmm. Arsenal’s players are delighted with that decision.

HALF TIME: And exhale. What a 45 minutes that was. Incredible intensity and both teams flying into tackles. Full throttle football. Antony has Manchester United 1-0 up at the break but Arsenal have had plenty of chances (and that disallowed goal) which will give them hope of launching a second half comeback.

GOALLLL! Antony on his Manchester United debut puts Manchester United 1-0 up. Lovely finish and great play by Rashford to set him up. “Take a bow, new boy!” says Peter Drury. What a moment for the $100 million signing.

Eriksen found Fernandes to set up the chance and what a lovely pass from Rashford to find Antony. Talk about making a statement on your Premier League debut.

Arsenal buoyed by that lovely counter on their no-goal. United are sitting a bit deeper now. Saka causing Malacia lots of problems here.

NO GOAL! Just as United looked so dangerous, Arsenal thought they had taken the lead through a lovely finish from Gabriel Martinelli on the break. Hang on, though. VAR has a look and Martin Odegaard clearly used his hands to push Christian Eriksen in the back to set up the attack. Tough to argue with that goal being chalked off by VAR. And it is no goal after referee Paul Tierney looked at the pitch-side monitor. Lovely play from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli on that disallowed goal, though.

CHANCE! Great cross from Dalot after clever play from Antony and Christian Eriksen arrives at the back post but he volleys wide. Good stuff from United.

KICK OFF! Old Trafford is rocking. Both teams have gone for it early on with Diogo Dalot surging into the box but nobody was on the end of it. Gabriel Jesus is brought down by Lisandro Martinez. Free kick to Arsenal.

What a clash this will be at Old Trafford today, as Erik ten Hag’s United host red-hot Arsenal with both teams aiming to put down a marker early in the season. Strap in, folks!

United have won three-straight games after opening the season with two shocking defeats and their recent success has been built on a newfound defensive resilience. $100 million deadline day signing Antony comes in to the starting lineup to make his debut, which will excite United’s fans across the globe.

However, Arsenal are leaving pretty much everyone feeling excited about them as Mikel Arteta’s young side have won five from five to start the season. With key players (Odegaard, Zinchenko and Ramsdale) shaking off injuries to be ready for this clash, let’s see if the young Gunners are the real deal and can stay perfect. (JPW)

Key storylines & star players

13 goals scored, four conceded. Even more impressive than the numbers is the ease, fluidity and artistry with which Arsenal have romped every side they’ve faced. Three different players have already scored three goals in the Premier League, as Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard lead the way. Jesus has three assists as well, though Erling Haaland has all but sewn up “signing of the season” after scoring nine goals in his first five games for Man City, who moved on from Jesus in the summer to make room for Haaland. Sunday will, though, see Arsenal face a side which poses real danger going the other way if they lose the ball and don’t transition back to defending quickly and sharply enough.

As for Manchester United, Erik ten Hag needs to see continued progress from a side which has won three straight games (after losing their first two, including a 4-0 embarrassment against Brentford) and made a pair of key signings in the final days of the summer transfer window (Casemiro and Antony). Cristiano Ronaldo remains at the club after failing to secure a transfer away as he requested, potentially complicating matters even more for Ten Hag, whose side has looked far more functional and balanced when the Portuguese superstar isn’t on the field. (AE)

Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup

OUT: Anthony Martial (achilles), Brandon Williams (undisclosed), Facundo Pellistri (ankle), Mason Greenwood (suspension – MORE)

Arsenal team news, injuries, lineup

OUT: Thomas Partey (quad), Mohamed Elneny (thigh), Reiss Nelson (undisclosed)

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Ten Hag hails Manchester United spirit, lauds Antony; Rashford praises ‘togetherness’


Erik ten Hag was a happy man after he saw his Manchester United side battle to a fourth-straight win as they beat Arsenal 3-1 at Old Trafford.

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Ten Hag’s boys are scrapping every single game and those two defeats to open the season against Brighton and Brentford seem like a long, long time ago.

They weren’t. United’s shocking 4-0 loss at Brentford was 21 days ago.

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The reaction from Erik ten Hag’s side has been sensational since then and he’s gone back to basics with his players digging deep in a strict 4-2-3-1 formation with a solid back four and it is working with Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes pulling the strings in midfield to feed Rashford and Co. on the counter.


What did the Manchester United boss have to say?

Speaking to our partners in the UK at Sky Sports after the game, Erik ten Hag lauded his players for their spirit and fight despite Arsenal dominating large chunks of the game.

“You have to live every day high standards. That is my demand,” Erik ten Hag said when asked about the incredible turnaround at United. “I think also the players in our team have that demand. We have a lot of players who have won a lot of trophies and they have to bring that in the dressing room every day to get the best out of you and then you will even more improve.”

Asked about the game overall, the Dutch coach was happy with the way his team hurt Arsenal.

“Good team on the pitch, good team spirit. With the pressing maybe not always the good routines but they fight, they recovered,” Ten Hag said. “Arsenal created chances but we also did, especially on the break we scored great goals.”

“Worried is a big word. I know our defending line could deal with that. They have a lot of creativity and good routines. We could have done things better but it will come. We aren’t that long together as Arsenal have been. When we get that in we will be even more comfortable in the game. That is what we have to work for. That is hard work. Still a lot of room for improvement.”

Aside from the play on the pitch, it is the mentality that is impressing Erik ten Hag most.

“Even if the team gets a setback they deal with it and fight back and that is really good to see,” Erik ten Hag said. “This mentality, I like that.”

“Arsenal played well but we defended well. I never had the feeling they would break us with their good possession and lot of movement and creativity. We have a good defending line and we defend as a team with all 11. We can get better with pressing organization we can keep them further away from our goal, the same with in possession a little bit more composure on the ball. A little bit more switch of play to control the game even more. But we are not that long in the process.”

Special praise for Antony after his debut goal, as Rashford praises ‘togetherness’

Scoring a goal on his debut following his $100 million move from Ajax is exactly the way Antony would have wanted to start his Manchester United career.

He tracked back plenty of times on the right too and he took his chance when he got it. This is only the start, according to Erik ten Hag.

“I think we have all seen what a good threat he is,” Ten Hag smiled. “We missed the player on the right wing, like Jadon Sancho or Marcus Rashford, they prefer the center or the left. Now we have the one who can play on the right wing. That was the missing link. Today’s first performance here, he did well but I think he can step up. I know it is a different league but there’s the potential and he will be even be more of a threat for opponents than he was today. Great goal but all of the goals were team goals.”

That team togetherness is something Marcus Rashford pointed towards too, as the striker scored twice but said the key to this win, and recent turnaround, is pretty simple.

“Togetherness is the big thing for me. You only win these types of games if you’re a team. We had to be a team to be more ruthless and get more goals,” Rashford told Sky Sports.

What Erik ten Hag and his players have been able to do in just a few weeks’ of work has been absolutely mind-boggling. Now, can they keep it up? Can they keep improving?

It is still early days under Erik ten Hag but wins like this will convince everyone they are truly on the right path.

Antony completes brilliant team goal on debut for Manchester United vs Arsenal


Welcome to Old Trafford, Antony.

Manchester United’s new winger has scored on debut and at Old Trafford, doing so in highlight-reel fashion by completing a team goal against one of his new club’s oldest foes.

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United lead Arsenal 1-0 after Antony blasted a first-touch left-footed shot around Aaron Ramsdale following an inch-perfect pass from Marcus Rashford.

Antony had an assist in his Sao Paulo debut, a 2-0 win, and a goal on his Ajax debut, a 1-0 win, and will hope this goal is part of something similar.


The 22-year-old started at right wing with Marcus Rashford central and Jadon Sancho shifted to the left.

Bruno Fernandes — advantage played, full credit, sir — to Sancho to Rashford to Antony.

Sign Erik ten Hag up for more of that.

VIDEO: Deadline day recap, transfer grades, USMNT movers, week 6 preview


ProSoccerTalk is back for another season of video content, alongside the written work you’ve come to know, for the 2022-23 Premier League season.

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Each week ProSoccerTalk writers Joe Prince-Wright, Andy Edwards, and Nick Mendola will analyze the PL action, preview the fixtures, and handle the big news from around the soccer world.

Expect opinions, analysis, and insight, as well as plenty of friendly banter along the way and maybe a beer or two among these PL videos…

This week was another special episode, with the summer transfer window closing Thursday evening. The crew took questions from our friends, the viewers, as we discussed the following (but not limited to):

  • Manchester United’s transfer business, both early and late in the window
  • Chelsea’s defensive rebuild and deadline-day signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  • Transfer grades for all 20 Premier League clubs
  • USMNT players on the move, both to the PL and plenty of other leagues around Europe
  • Matchweek 6, featuring the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool, and Manchester United vs Arsenal

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With JPW based in England — heading to PL games and traveling to stadiums/training grounds — plus Andy and Nick based Stateside, we will be checking in regularly to share ours views once again this season. Because, well, ProSoccerTalk.

Below we break down the latest news across the Premier League and the USMNT…

Instant reactions to Manchester United, Chelsea deals on transfer deadline day

Grading Premier League clubs’ 2022 summer transfer window

Sergiño Dest leads USMNT transfer flurry on deadline day

Everton stumbling, Liverpool limping into Merseyside derby

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