Manchester United v Arsenal player ratings: Who really flopped for Louis van Gaal's men last night?
Arsenal kept the defence of their FA Cup title on track with a deserved win over Manchester United.
Nacho Monreal opened the scoring after 25 minutes following a high tempo start to the match. The Arsenal full-back was given his chance on a silver platter after wonderful footwork from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the build-up.
Arsenal re-took the lead through Danny Welbeck who was making his first return to Old Trafford following his summer transfer. The England international rounded David De Gea to slide the ball into an empty net after capitalising on a dreadful back-pass from Antonio Valencia.
Before the match was out, Angel Di Maria saw red in strange circumstances, picking up two yellow cards within second.
Here, we take a look at how the players rated...
David De Gea
Without him United could have been humiliated. A save from Cazorla seemed frankly impossible but the Spaniard made it look merely ordinary. 8
A horror show from the Ecuadorian. Woeful defending allowed Monreal through to score and his back pass then allowed Welbeck through for the second. 3
He never seems to look comfortable in the United defence. His loose pass early on to Sanchez summed up yet another careless performance. 5
The least poor of a dreadful performance by the United defence, he seemed to be nervy around Welbeck, particularly when playing at centre-back. 5
Struggled to deal with the direct running of Oxlade-Chamberlain whilst also offering little of his usual attacking skill. Unsurprisingly he lasted just 45 minutes. 4
Often found himself overrun as he looked to protect a leaky defence on his own, his role in the game diminished after Carrick’s arrival. 5
Made good runs early on, Fellaini couldn’t find him. Unfortunately he was hauled off at half-time as his colleagues gave him few opportunities. 5
Angel Di Maria
His best game for some time, with his left-foot deliveries causing chaos for Mertesacker. Then he ruined it all by grabbing the referee’s shirt. 5
Another big-money signing who shone, his physicality caused Arsenal’s defence all sorts of panic. But as a forward he lacks any real confidence in front of goal. 6
United’s star outfield player’s contest with Bellerin was thrilling in which the Englishman often got the better, though his final pass was lacking. 7
Oozed confidence throughout, scoring a wonderful header and running powerfully at the Arsenal defence with menace. 7
Best off the bench: Michael Carrick
His passing radar kept United ticking and allowed them to dominate possession, even if that wasn’t enough to carry his side through. 6
A dropped cross in the first half could have been calamitous as throughout the match he seemed to be lacking the confidence usually associated with him. 5
An early yellow card put a target on his back but he continued in his usual fashion, a pacey presence in attack and defence. 6
Implausibly gave away a corner early on as nerves looked to be getting the better of him, he struggled aerially against Fellaini and Rooney. 5
The Frenchman brought invaluable composure to the Arsenal defence, the rarity with which he ever had to step in a testament to his organisational skills. 7
Exceptionally threatening going forward, he picked up a well-deserved goal. But the Spaniard was too timid around Di Maria, giving him space to cross. 6
A quiet game from the powerful Frenchman but that is just what Wenger would have wanted. His tackling continues to be ferocious. 6
His range of passing was vital to Arsenal’s counters and he even displayed his recently discovered tackling ability when the visitors needed to defend. 7
Enjoyed his duel with Shaw and his powerful running created Arsenal’s first. The visitors missed his explosiveness after he went off injured. 7
Peppered the contest with moments of pure class, his understanding of space and his colleagues’ movements brightened Arsenal’s play and found their first goal. 8
As ever the Chilean was full of energy and menace, his passes always seeming to put Arsenal in a more dangerous attacking position. 8
He even managed to make an open goal look difficult but nevertheless he got his goal and his energy caused problems for Rojo. 7
Best off the bench: Aaron Ramsey
His driving runs from deep gave United’s defence another problem to deal with. His presence on defence was invaluable when United chased an equaliser. 7
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