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Lindelof Gets 6.5, Pogba With 4 | Manchester United Players Rated In Lacklustre Loss Vs Arsenal

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Manchester United locked horns with Arsenal at Old Trafford earlier this evening looking to secure a positive result on their home turf. The Red Devils were toothless in the first half but did enough to go into the half-time interval level on the scoreline.

The Mancunian giants were slightly better after the second half kicked off but ended up conceding a penalty which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted in the 69th minute to give his team the all-important lead. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s players struggled to break Arsenal down as the match finished with the home side suffering a lacklustre 1-0 loss at the Theatre of Dreams.

Let’s take a look at how each Man United player fared during the contest against the Gunners.

GK: David de Gea – 5/10

The Spanish keeper was hardly tested during the game but failed to stop Aubameyang’s penalty, which was the difference between the two teams in the end.

RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 5/10

The ex-Crystal Palace full-back was dominated aerially and produced a fruitless display in the opposition half.

CB: Victor Lindelof – 6.5/10

The Swedish centre-back only had one nervy moment during the game but did well to restrict Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette from scoring from open play.

CB: Harry Maguire – 5.5/10

Maguire was guilty of squandering a glorious goal-scoring opportunity when the scoreline was level. However, he put in a solid performance at the back but will be bitterly disappointed for not earning the shutout in the second half.

Manchester United player ratings vs Arsenal (Man United's Mason Greenwood is seen in the picture)
Mason Greenwood of Manchester United is put under pressure by Gabriel of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 01, 2020, in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

LB: Luke Shaw – 5/10

The talented full-back was a bundle of energy with his running down the left flank but lacked the cutting edge in the final third.

CM: Scott McTominay – 5/10

McTominay struggled to win the midfield battles and was often outrun by the Gunners attackers. It was another mediocre display from him tonight.

CM: Fred – 4.5/10

The Brazilian midfield ace offered very little at the centre of the park and was rightfully subbed off in the second half.

CM: Paul Pogba – 4/10

The French international looked like a shadow of his former self and needlessly gave away the penalty after the hour mark.

CAM: Bruno Fernandes – 4/10

The Portuguese playmaker was always looking to get on the ball but was wasteful with his passing and got replaced in the 75th minute.

ST: Marcus Rashford – 5/10

The English striker had a few bright moments in the final third but never looked like he had a goal in him.

ST: Mason Greenwood – 4.5/10

The youngster began the game brightly, but his performance levels faded as the match went on.

Substitutes:

CM: Nemanja Matic – 5/10

The Serbian midfielder failed to get into the game.

ST: Edinson Cavani – 4/10

The Uruguayan striker hardly got a chance to score.

CAM: Donny van de Beek – 5/10

The Dutch playmaker hit the post with his deflected attempt.

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