Tuesday 25 June 2019

Manchester United v Arsenal player ratings: Who really flopped for Louis van Gaal's men last night?

Danny Welbeck celebrates with his Arsenal teammates Hector Bellerin and Mesut Oezil after scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Danny Welbeck celebrates with his Arsenal teammates Hector Bellerin and Mesut Oezil after scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

James Benge

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.

However Arsenal's lead wasn't to last long. Just four minutes later Wayne Rooney scored his 14th goal against the Gunners with a diving header connected with Angel Di Maria's whipped cross.

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...

MANCHESTER UNITED

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

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Manchester United wing-back Antonio Valencia tussles with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez during the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford. Photo: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
 

Antonio Valencia

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

Chris Smalling

He never seems to look comfortable in the United defence. His loose pass early on to Sanchez summed up yet another careless performance. 5

Marcos Rojo

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

Luke Shaw

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

Daley Blind

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

Ander Herrera

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

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Referee Michael Oliver shows a red card to Angel di Maria after the Manchester United man tugged at the his shirt following during the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
 

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

Marouane Fellaini

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

Ashley Young

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

Wayne Rooney

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

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Arsenal's Danny Welbeck celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff

ARSENAL

Wojciech Szczesny

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

Hector Bellerin

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

Per Mertesacker

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

Laurent Koscielny

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

Nacho Monreal

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

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Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin holds off a challenge from Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini during the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
 

Francis Coquelin

A quiet game from the powerful Frenchman but that is just what Wenger would have wanted. His tackling continues to be ferocious. 6

Santi Cazorla

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

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Enjoyed his duel with Shaw and his powerful running created Arsenal’s first. The visitors missed his explosiveness after he went off injured. 7

Mesut Ozil

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

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Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez gets through the challenges of Manchester United duo Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria during the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford. Photo: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
 

Alexis Sanchez

As ever the Chilean was full of energy and menace, his passes always seeming to put Arsenal in a more dangerous attacking position. 8

Danny Welbeck

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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