English Premiership

Player Ratings: Man United v Arsenal

2015-03-10 09:13
Danny Welbeck (AFP)

Cape Town - Manchester United were humbled at home by Arsenal but how did the individuals perform on the night?

As Danny Welbeck grabbed the headlines for his match-winning tap in, Manchester United fans and pundits alike were left wondering if the fallen giants will ever again rise from their post-Ferguson slump?

Angel Di Maria, for once was effective in his unfamiliar right wing role, saw red after tugging at the referee's shirt after being adjudged to have dived to "win" a free kick which all but ended the home side's chances of advancing in the competition.

Here is Sport24's Player Ratings for the contest between Manchester United and Arsenal:

Manchester United Player Ratings

1. David De Gea - 8 - Again superb but with his contract expiring and little to no defence in front of him, could De Gea be the next star to quit Old Trafford.

2. Antonio Valencia - 2 - Awful display of "defending" as he was caught out by Oxlade-Chamberlain for the first goal and his back "pass" to De Gea sent Welbeck through and United out of the FA Cup.

3. Luke Shaw - 5 -  Substituted at half time apparently due to injury, he had performed well up until that point.

4. Chris Smalling - 3 - Woeful at the back, about as composed as a 13-year-old boy trying to land his first kiss.

5. Marcos Rojo -  5 - The best at the back for United and he still didn't have a good game.

6. Ander Herrera - 5.5 - Substituted at half time in a curious decision by Louis van Gaal. 

7. Angel Di Maria - 3 - Let himself, his team and the fans down by getting sent off. Had a promising game until that point but loses the ball far too easily. His cross to Rooney forgotten when he left his side short chasing the game.

8. Marouane Fellaini - 5 - It is abundantly clear the tall Belgium has limited capabilities in terms of what he can do. He can control a cross or long ball well but from there on out it's a disaster. Every second tackle is a foul.

9. Daley Blind - 5 - Got worse as the game wore on and was a spectator once Carrick found his feet.

10. Ashley Young - 6 - Decent display but never really a potent threat. His final ball is akin to a 6-year-old on his first newspaper delivery route - one in the driveway, one in the fountain and one in the neighbour's garden.

11. Wayne Rooney - 6.5 - Great finish and was a threat in the first half but was provided no service in the second 45. Still prefer Rooney as a number 10 and not the lone striker.

Best of the Bench:

Michael Carrick - 6 - Even when he is not 100% match-fit, his passing and positional play is superb.

Arsenal Player Ratings

1. Wojciech Szczesny - 6- Didn't have much to do in the game but is not on top of his game at the moment.

2. Hector Bellerin - 5 - Lucky to not have seen red. Young probably got the better of him on the night. Better going forward than doing his defensive work.

3. Nacho Monreal - 6.5 - Brilliantly finished off Oxlade-Chamberlain's run to score the first and did his job on Di Maria.

4. Per Mertasacker - 5 - Rooney look to have his number all evening. Looked short of confidence.

5. Laurent Koscielny - 7 - His composed presence helped the Gunners keep United at bay.

6. Francis Coquelin - 6 - Did the grunt work behind the scenes. Ever-improving as a tough-tackling central figure for the Gunners.

7. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - 7.5 - Brilliantly set-up the first goal. The match was robbed of its key figure when he pulled his hamstring.

8. Santi Cazorla - 7.5 - Displayed his skills against United - wide range of passing, tidy defensively.

9. Mesut Ozil - 7.5 - Ozil is the complete package - his awareness and deft touches allowed the Gunners to break free from the United defenders.

10. Alexis Sanchez - 7.5 - Tremendous drive and pace, the Chilean was a constant threat.

11. Danny Welbeck - 7 - Stole the headlines but still made the goal look much harder than it needed to be.

Best of the Bench:

Calum Chambers - 6 - Steadied the ship at the back when he came on for Bellerin

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