Manchester United ensured that Ralf Rangnick will be coming into a winning dressing room after beating Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford.

Caretaker boss Michael Carrick finished his three-game spell in charge of the club with seven points from a possible nine.

However, shortly after the game the club announced that Carrick will be leaving his role as first team coach, with immediate effect.

Here are United’s three best players from the clash against the Gunners.

Fred

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Rangnick would have loved seeing United’s Brazilian midfielder hassling and harrying the Arsenal players in possession.

But United’s number 17 also had an influential performance in possession as well, as he had a direct hand in two of United’s goals.

With the Reds looking like they were going into half-time 1-0 down, Fred linked up well with Jadon Sancho, before showing great composure to pick out Bruno Fernandes inside the penalty area, who slotted the ball home.

Only Harry Maguire (71) had more touches than the 27-year-old (66) in the Manchester United side (WhoScored).

Only Fernandes (4) registered more key passes than Fred (2) in the United team.

With Rangnick wanting his United side to inevitably win the ball high up the pitch and win turnovers, no player from either side picked up more interceptions than Fred (4).

 

Bruno Fernandes

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With no goals in his last 15 games, Fernandes had been suffering his worst period in a Manchester United shirt, since joining the club.

But on his 100th appearance for the Red Devils, Fernandes was back to his influential and devastating best.

The 27-year-old finished well to bring United level on the stroke of half-time.

After some labouring performances, the former Sporting Lisbon man looked re-energised and was back to conjuring up his creative moments that unnerved Mikel Arteta’s side.

Before the clash at the Theatre of Dreams, the Portuguese international spoke about Rangnick’s appointment as the club’s interim manager.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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The 36-year-old has already started his charge in winning back the Ballon d’Or from his great rival Lionel Messi once again.

In a week which saw the five-time Ballon d’Or winner dropped at Stamford Bridge and the Argentine win his seventh gong, Ronaldo was back doing what he does best and responding on the pitch.

Goal number 800 and 801 in his career came against the Gunners and with him looking like he is going to be on penalties for the foreseeable future, Ronaldo showed he is still the main man.

With Rangnick in attendance, United’s number seven showed a greater desire to press from the front.

But it was his exploits in front of goal, which will deservedly grab him the headlines once again.

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