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November 10, 2013 11:10 AM EST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 75138‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal

David Moyes' side climbed to within five points of leader Arsenal as Robin van Persie's first-half header proved to be the difference.

By Wayne Veysey

  • David de Gea
    31
    2
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Did not have a save of note to make. His most notable contribution was his accidental collision with Vidic that forced the Serbian off the field.

  • Patrice Evra
    32
    4
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Defended adeptly but did not make too many forward runs in the second half, as United sat on its lead.

  • Phil Jones
    55
    5
    3.50

    Phil Jones

    Warrior-like display from the big No. 4. Helped United control the first half in a midfield role and comfortably slotted into central defense after the break. Undeservedly booked following a clash of heads with Szczesny.

  • Jonny Evans
    38
    4
    3.50

    Jonny Evans

    Classy and comfortable display. Won every header and made some important interceptions.

  • Chris Smalling
    29
    12
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Looked occasionally unconvincing at right back, but minimized the threat of Cazorla. Wasted a great chance to double United's advantage late on.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    35
    5
    3.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    Left spitting out blood and pale as a ghost after being thigh-butted in the head by De Gea at end of the first half. The big Serbian, who had been in complete command up to that point, did not return for the second.

  • Michael Carrick
    24
    5
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    Mislaid the odd pass but his composure and positional excellence helped United dominate the midfield.

  • Antonio Valencia
    37
    4
    3.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Powerful display on the right flank. Mixed high-caliber deliveries with energetic runs.

  • Wayne Rooney
    71
    4
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney Top of the Match

    Fizzed with menace and energy in an outstanding workaholic display. Set up Van Persie's goal with a superb whipped-in corner and troubled the Arsenal defense with some buccaneering runs. Wasted a good chance to double United's advantage after an hour.

  • Robin van Persie
    46
    6
    3.50

    Robin van Persie

    Celebrated with real gusto against his ex-club after rising above the Arsenal defense to direct a firm header into the top corner. It was the Dutchman's third goal in three matches against the Gunners since his 24 million pound move in 2012. Received a standing ovation when he was subbed late on.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    40
    8
    2.50

    Shinji Kagawa

    The odd good touch but, once again, did not look totally comfortable on the left flank. Replaced by Giggs.

Substitutions

  • Ryan Giggs
    18
    14

    Ryan Giggs

    Replaced Kagawa with 13 minutes left and helped United shore up their midfield.

  • Tom Cleverley
    21
    11
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    Provided energy and endeavor after coming on for the injured Vidic at halftime.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    24
    9

    Marouane Fellaini

    Played off Rooney in an advanced role for the last six minutes.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    10
    7
    3.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Knocked out cold by an accidental 41st-minute collision with Jones but carried on playing and did not seemed to suffer any aftereffects. Commanded his 6-yard box.

  • Bacary Sagna
    16
    9
    3.00

    Bacary Sagna

    Took awhile to settle into the game but defended solidly and provided some expert deliveries in the second half from the right flank.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    6
    14
    2.50

    Thomas Vermaelen

    In his first league start of the season, the club captain did not make any obvious howlers but struggled to deal with the dual threat of Rooney and Van Persie.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    11
    7
    3.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Seemed robbed of some of his authority by the absence of his normal sidekick Mertesacker but still made some important blocks.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    9
    11
    3.50

    Kieran Gibbs

    One of Arsenal's better performers. Used the ball sensibly and handled the lively Valencia well.

  • Mikel Arteta
    4
    15
    2.50

    Mikel Arteta

    His passing compass was off beam, as he seemed to be affected by the bug that had afflicted the Arsenal squad.

  • Mesut Özil
    13
    26
    2.00

    Mesut Özil

    Sluggish and off-the-pace. Struggled to get on the ball and, when he did, failed to use it with his usual precision.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    14
    9
    3.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    Tidy enough on the right flank but looked more convincing when he was brought inside following the substitution of Flamini.

  • Santi Cazorla
    3
    22
    2.50

    Santi Cazorla

    His touch and passing radar were both on the blink. Struggled to exert much influence. Subbed with 13 minutes left.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    11
    8
    3.00

    Mathieu Flamini

    Cajoled, hectored and organized his sluggish teammates before being withdrawn after an hour to make way for Wilshere.

  • Olivier Giroud
    9
    18
    2.00

    Olivier Giroud Flop of the Match

    A day to forget for the Frenchman. Failed to track Van Persie for the Dutchman's header and got little change out of the United defense.

Substitutions

  • Jack Wilshere
    18
    8
    3.50

    Jack Wilshere

    Brought energy and endevaor to the team as he showed his lackluster teammates how it should be done.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    4
    17

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Could have scored an added-time equalizer had he stretched his leg an inch or two farther.

  • Serge Gnabry
    14
    4

    Serge Gnabry

    Replaced Arteta late on.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0