Manchester United’s poor form continued with a 1-1 draw against Arsenal, which leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side 12 points behind league leaders Liverpool after just seven games.
The best player on the pitch was Scott McTominay, who highlighted his growing importance to the team, with a rocket on the stroke of half-time to send the Old Trafford crowd into raptures and give United a crucial 1-0 lead.
A stray pass by Axel Tuanzabe, who had an impressive night on the whole, allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to calmly chip the ball past David de Gea, and bring the Gunners level, after VAR overturned the original offside decision.
United huffed and puffed for the winner without letting siege on Bernd Leno’s goal, on a night which highlighted yet again the glaring lack of quality.
However, there are signs that some players are producing consistently good performances, here are three players that impressed last night…
United’s young Scot seems to be getting better and better, and a time when there is so much negativity surrounding the club, McTominay’s performances will be delighting Solskjaer.
With every game, the 22-year-old is looking to influence the match through his driving runs through midfield, or his thundering tackles, which were again showcased with an early marker laid down on Aubameyang in the early stages. He made four in total, more than any other player.
His goal was the first moment of real quality in the match, and his willingness to take the strike on highlights the confidence and belief he currently has.
McTominay would have been disappointed not to double his goal tally on the night after he missed a free header a couple of yards out in the second half, which would have restored United’s lead.
There is no denying that his performances have made him one of the first names on Solskjaer’s team sheet, if he keeps on maturing and developing at his current rate, calls for him to made club captain might not be too far away.
United’s latest Welsh wing wizard was at the heart of everything positive Solskjaer’s men managed to conjure up against Arsenal.
Callum Chambers was forced into an early booking against James because he was so frightened to get into a straight race with the former Swansea man.
McTominay’s goal came from an Arsenal corner, and the counter attack was led by James, who’s cross was agonisingly out of reach for Marcus Rashford, who passed it back to the Scot, who smashed the ball into the top corner.
James may be at his devastating best when he is in full flow running at defenders, but he also has a tenacity and desire to fight for every cause, a trait the United crowd adore and appreciate.
The 21-year-old is only going to improve in the years ahead and it seems that he has already become United’s go to man every time they go forward.
Maguire didn’t put a foot wrong in the match, but it was his determination to drive the team forward in the closing stages, which highlighted the leadership he has already brought to the club.
The former Leicester City man was marauding forward with the ball at his feet, trying to conjure up a moment of inspiration in a bid to give United a late winner.
United’s number five was a constant attacking threat from set pieces and his first goal for the club doesn’t seem too far away.
Maguire forced Leno into an acrobatic save as he tried to inspire his side to victory. His search for a first United goal goes on, but he is getting closer.
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