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Here is how Manchester United and Arsenal rated in Old Trafford draw

Manchester United's Paul Pogba (left) and Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (left) and Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny

Two points dropped for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, a point gained for Arsene Wenger's Arsenal. Here is how the players rated in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

MANCHESTER UNITED

DAVID DE GEA: Had precious little to do until he was beaten by Olivier Giroud's thumping header at the death. 6/10

ANTONIO VALENCIA: Back just three weeks after undergoing surgery on a fractured arm, the marauding full-back produced a fine display on the right. 8

PHIL JONES: Looked solid on his first Old Trafford appearance of the season until being clambered over for Arsenal equaliser. 7

MARCOS ROJO: Questions remain over the Argentina defender. but he looked sturdy enough against Arsenal. Read the ball well and held firm. 7

MATTEO DARMIAN: The full-back was unlucky to pick up an early booking, but fortunate not to pick up a second in the first half. Kept to his task well enough. 6

MICHAEL CARRICK: The years are catching up with the midfielder, but his class continues to shine through. It is crucial that Mourinho looks after him. 7

ANDER HERRERA: Having missed the trip to Swansea through suspension, the return of the in-form midfielder added some extra steel. 7

JUAN MATA: Some nice touches and good awareness, he eventually beat former Chelsea team-mate Petr Cech with a fine first-time effort. 8

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PAUL POGBA: The world's most-expensive player showed flashes of his undoubted ability against Arsenal, but a lack of consistency remains. 7

ANTHONY MARTIAL: The recalled Frenchman had a couple of first-half chances, but has yet to hit the heights those at Old Trafford know he is capable of. 6

MARCUS RASHFORD: Looked promising in attack, when played through the middle and out wide. Caused Arsenal a headache, but was guilty of allowing the cross that resulted in the leveller. 7

SUBS:

WAYNE ROONEY (for Martial, 63): Added extra emphasis after his arrival, pressing with intensity and opening space. 7

DALEY BLIND (for Darmian, 64): Brought on to add extra composure and had precious little to do until the death. 6

MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN (for Mata, 85): A late change to add extra composure in midfield. The equaliser had little to do with him. 6

ARSENAL

PETR CECH: Performed superbly in the moments when United threatened to take control, saving well from Mata and Martial. 8

CARL JENKINSON: Looked sluggish on his recall to the side in place of the injured Hector Bellerin, being troubled by Martial and Rashford. 5

SHKODRAN MUSTAFI: Made some important challenges including a very good block from a Martial shot. 6

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LAURENT KOSCIELNY: Kept composure despite some awkward moments up against Mata and Rashford. 6

NACHO MONREAL: Looked off the pace at times and was maybe fortunate not to concede a penalty after a clumsy challenge on Valencia. 5

THEO WALCOTT: Made some quick bursts but was not a central figure in the contest. 6

FRANCIS COQUELIN: Took up some good positions, but struggled to impose himself. 6

MOHAMED ELNENY: An energetic performance, breaking up United attacks and distributing well. 7

AARON RAMSEY: Started wide but moved central frequently without exerting his usual influence. 6

MESUT OZIL: A quiet game from the German by his recent high standards. 6

ALEXIS SANCHEZ: Raced out of the blocks, but faded after a bright start, perhaps due to a thigh problem that pictures revealed he had bandaged at half-time. 6

SUBSTITUTES:

OLIVIER GIROUD (for Elneny, 73): Added the missing cutting edge to the Arsenal attack and claimed the equaliser. 7

GRANIT XHAKA (for Coquelin, 80): Maintained solidity in midfield in the latter stages. 6

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN (for Jenkinson, 83): Made a crucial difference by creating the equaliser with a superb cross. 7

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