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November 10, 2013 6:10 PM SAST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 75138‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal

David Moyes' team climbed to within five points of the Premier League leaders after Robin van Persie's first-half header proved to be the difference between the sides

By Wayne Veysey at Old Trafford

  • David de Gea
    38
    1
    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
    3
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

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

  • Phil Jones
    57
    4
    3.50

    Phil Jones

    Warrior-like display from the big No4. Helped United control the first half in midfield and comfortably slotted in to central defence in the second period. Undeservedly booked following a clash of heads with Szczesny.

  • Jonny Evans
    41
    3
    3.50

    Jonny Evans

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

  • Chris Smalling
    29
    7
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

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

  • Nemanja Vidic
    41
    1
    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 opening period. The big Serbian, who had been in complete command up to that point, did not return for the second half.

  • Michael Carrick
    34
    3
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

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

  • Antonio Valencia
    36
    4
    3.50

    Antonio Valencia

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

  • Wayne Rooney
    63
    2
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney Top of the Match

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

  • Robin van Persie
    52
    4
    3.50

    Robin van Persie

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

  • Shinji Kagawa
    30
    13
    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
    13
    5

    Ryan Giggs

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

  • Tom Cleverley
    19
    8
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    Provided energy and endeavour after coming on for the injured Vidic at half-time.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    16
    4

    Marouane Fellaini

    Played off Rooney in advanced role for last six minutes.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    9
    10
    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 after effects. Commanded his six-yard box

  • Bacary Sagna
    18
    7
    3.00

    Bacary Sagna

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

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    8
    12
    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
    15
    9
    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
    11
    14
    3.50

    Kieran Gibbs

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

  • Mikel Arteta
    5
    12
    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
    12
    33
    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
    4
    28
    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
    9
    16
    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
    7
    17
    3.00

    Mathieu Flamini

    Cajoled, hectored and organised his sluggish team-mates before being withdrawn after an hour to make way for Wilshere.

  • Olivier Giroud
    3
    36
    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 defence.

Substitutions

  • Jack Wilshere
    18
    12
    3.50

    Jack Wilshere

    Brought energy and endeavour to the team as he showed his lacklustre team-mates how it should be done.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    1
    23

    Nicklas Bendtner

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

  • Serge Gnabry
    12
    8

    Serge Gnabry

    Replaced Arteta late on.

Results
 
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