Manchester United’s three most disappointing players against Arsenal

Manchester United’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League look to be completely over after losing to Arsenal.

That means it is now four straight away defeats for United for the first time in the Premier League era.

There were some players whose performances were underwhelming, despite the improvement in the side as a whole from the 4-0 loss at Anfield…

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Bruno Fernandes

The moment the game turned was when Bruno put the ball wide from the penalty spot with the score at 2-1 to Arsenal.

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It was a surprise not to see Cristiano Ronaldo over the ball but perhaps Fernandes got the nod to give him some confidence after some scratchy recent form.

United paid the price for that decision as the momentum of the game shifted when the spot-kick was missed and that capped another disappointing afternoon for Fernandes.

The Portuguese playmaker has been sensational at times for United, but he looks exhausted and was trying to do too much here.

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Alex Telles

Luke Shaw’s absence hands Telles a chance show his quality between now and the end of the season.

He did not take it here, and got off to an awful start when he fell asleep at the back post to allow Arsenal to open the scoring.

Shaw has not had the best of seasons but Telles has not taken full advantage of that with his performances, and that played a part in United’s defeat here.

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Scott McTominay

McTominay was back in the side after a period of injury, and the plan would have been for him to add some energy to the United midfield.

But it was a disappointing display from the Scotland international, but if we are being generous, maybe there was some rustiness in his performance.

He gave an honest post-match interview to BT Sport where he said that United’s remaining games are about pride, and hopefully he can raise his game there.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.