Man Utd 3-2 Arsenal player ratings: Ronaldo on fire, Aubameyang flops

Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford

Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to help Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-2 in a Premier League thriller at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

Ronaldo’s brace not only helped United secure three important points as they attempt to climb up the table, but also saw him reach 800 career goals, an incredible landmark for an all-time great of the game.

But it was Arsenal who started on the front foot at the Theatre of Dreams and took the lead through Emile Smith Rowe’s controversial opener.

Bruno Fernandes ended his goal drought with United’s equaliser on the stroke of half-time, and Ronaldo put the hosts ahead after the break.

Martin Odegaard levelled the match at 2-2 but then conceded a penalty for a late tackle on Fred and Ronaldo smashed home United’s winner from the spot with 20 minutes remaining.

Manchester United

David de Gea, 5/10

Should have known better than to stay on the floor for an issue that wasn’t a head injury. But responded well from the bizarre incident with good saves in both halves.

Diogo Dalot – 8/10

Impressed in replace of the injured Aaron Wan-Bissaka and can put pressure on his right-back rival under Ralf Rangnick. Played a key role in United’s second goal.

Victor Lindelof – 6/10

Showed he can step up if needed as Raphael Varane continues to recover from injury.

Harry Maguire – 6/10

Solid if not spectacular, and he’ll probably take that given his recent form.

Alex Telles – 6/10

Looked edge early on and was given a real test by Gabriel Martinelli, but improved as the match went on.

Scott McTominay – 5/10

Subdued performance and received a yellow card in the first half for a late tackle, but his energy should not be discounted.

Fred – 7/10

Fouled his own goalkeeper and gave away a few free-kicks but was pivotal in Arsenal’s box, winning a penalty and providing an assist.

Jadon Sancho – 5/10

Comes alive in the box and played a part in United’s equaliser. The feeling is there’s still a lot more to come from the £75m summer signing.

Bruno Fernandes – 8/10

Clearly enjoyed ending his goal drought, celebrating passionately in front of the home fans. Also made four key passes, the most from a United player.

Marcus Rashford – 4/10

His below-par performance was highlighted by pundit Ally McCoist. Looked frustrated as he was subbed off but he did make the assist for Ronaldo’s first goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 9/10

Scored twice, reaching 800 career goals in the process. Did very little else but that won’t matter to United fans.

Subs: Jesse Lingard, 5. Anthony Martial, 4. Donny van de Beek, 4.

Arsenal

Aaron Ramsdale – 5/10

Had no chance with any of United’s goals, and even made two decent saves himself.

Takehiro Tomiyasu – 6/10

One of Arsenal’s most consistent players this season produced another solid performance, although he will have wanted to be more of a threat going forward.

Ben White – 6/10

Won three aerials, which is no mean feat against Ronaldo. The initial fears over Arsenal’s summer signing appear to have been allayed.

Gabriel – 7/10

Has thrived alongside White this season and barely put a foot wrong despite United scoring three goals.

Nuno Tavares – 6/10

Kept Jadon Sancho quiet and continues to impress when called upon.

Gabriel Martinelli – 8/10

Arsenal’s best player. Was a constant threat on the left flank and created an assist.

Thomas Partey – 4/10

Still struggling to find his best form in an Arsenal shirt, made no key passes and no tackles.

Mohamed Elneny – 6/10

Was more impressive than Partey without making a huge impact. Made his presence felt with a few nicely timed tackles.

Emile Smith Rowe – 7/10

Another shining light for the Gunners. Scored, albeit with a fortuitous goal, and created a great opportunity for Aubameyang with some nice footwork.

Martin Odegaard – 5/10

A mixed evening for the Norwegian, who scored but then conceded a penalty with a frankly ridiculous tackle.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 3/10

Struggles in front of goal continued with another horrible miss in the second half. Offside flag may have saved his blushes but his form is a problem for Arsenal.

Subs: Bukayo Saka, 6. Eddie Nketiah, 4. Alexandre Lacazette, 4.

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