United’s ratings from the game with Arsenal.
De Gea – 6 – Nothing to do all game but pick the ball out of the net from Arsenal’s only effort on goal. Blameless.
Valencia – 8 – His late-career improvement in a new position is a testament to the player’s professionalism; it’s also worth saying that he’s more than just a temporary solution in this area now. The position is his. Should have had a penalty
Jones – 6 – Not awful but a little unsure on the ball; Arsenal instructed Giroud to go up against the England defender and benefitted at the death.
Rojo – 6 – Marginally better than Jones, and not as anxiety-inducing as expected before kick off. Still, United’s lack of command from the back seemed to hurt them.
Darmian – 6 – Steady against Walcott.
Carrick – 7 – A decent performance though as usual his influence was seen in how others were able to express themselves.
Herrera – 8 – Industrious and constantly in Arsenal’s face. Created United’s goal at a time when it was looking like it might not come.
Pogba – 7 – Improving but more is expected. Now that the manager has stumbled upon a convincing trio in midfield it will be better for the Frenchman for it to be given a run.
Mata – 8 – Unsurprising that the little playmaker was the best man on the pitch. Scorer of the goal and also forced Cech into a first half save.
Martial – 6 – Subdued, especially against a poor opponent.
Rashford – 6 – Much better when moved left and never lacking
Subs – Rooney 6, Blind, Schneiderlin
Mourinho – 7 – Perhaps harsh given this is the second of three home draws where there is a legitimate argument to say United would have probably won if the referee had made the correct calls. Indeed, Arsene Wenger’s post-match reaction – to say he didn’t think it was a penalty, but that Mourinho ‘obviously’ did – probably gave away his own honest thoughts. For a ground that has a reputation of supposed easy decisions for its hosts, United have consistently struggled to get fair decisions, particularly in big games.
After a spell of not knowing his best team, Mourinho is getting there, in small doses at least. The midfield selection looks the most sensible, particularly after today, while defensively United couldn’t be questioned (even if Shaw’s absence could be). Up front, he’s trying to get it right, but was handcuffed by what he could have done today. The timing of his sub of Rooney was right and the decision to bring on Morgan Schneiderlin was probably responsible. So, even if the trend of home draws does little to reassure United fans, the manager did most things right – as right as could be expected, at least – and could be justified in having a little moan. Today was one of those days, though, the frequency with which that phrase gets used may count against the manager.