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Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United – Player Ratings

Manchester United continued their sensational form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by beating Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates tonight to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Unai Emery’s Gunners side dominated possession throughout, but United tore Arsenal’s injury-ravaged defence to shreds on the counter-attack to make it eight wins from eight for Solskjaer since taking over from Jose Mourinho just before Christmas. Let’s see how the players rated…

Arsenal 

Cech 5

A true legend of the Premier League, but tonight seemed to vindicate his decision to retire at the end of the season. The 36-year-old really should have done better with two of the three goals he conceded.

Maitland-Niles 7

Did a fine job of shackling former teammate Alexis Sanchez for the most part and got forward whenever given the chance.

Sokratis 6

Forced off after 20 minutes following an awkward looking landing on his ankle.

Koscielny 6

Not the most convincing of displays from the Arsenal skipper and his night got even worse when he took the full force of Romelu Lukaku’s boot to the face – unsurprisingly the France international was unable to continue.

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Kolasinac 6

Did well going forward, but in doing so he left space in behind – space which United exploited time and time again.

Torreira 6

The Uruguayan’s early season form has faded somewhat and didn’t affect the game as much as we have come to expect.

Xhaka 6

Gave a fine exhibition of safe passing. Had to fill in at centre-back after Koscielny went off where his lack of pace was inevitably exposed.

Ramsey 8

Arsenal’s best player, putting in a display packed with energy and creativity, making a mockery of Phil Neville’s pre-match claims that he is a luxury player.

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Aubameyang 7

Got himself a poachers goal, but apart from that, he struggled to find much space in which to operate.

Iwobi 6

Started brightly during the opening exchanges, before fading and making way for Ozil.

Lacazette 8

Put in a huge shift in terms of work-rate, harrying and hassling throughout. However, he just wasn’t able to find the type of clear cut chance he craved.

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Substitutes

Mustafi 5

Rarely convinces and tonight was no different.

Guendouzi 7

Brought some much-needed energy to the Gunners midfield and wasn’t afraid to stick his foot in.

Ozil 4

Came on and looked like he was playing a keep-ball session the day after a game, such was his lack of intensity.

Manchester United 

Romero 7

No chance with Arsenal’s goal and made one crucial save from a Ramsey header just after half-time.

Young 7

Looked a bit off the pace during the opening exchanges, but fought his way back into the game and all in all another solid shift from the veteran.

Bailly 7

Restricted Aubameyang and Lacazette to barely any clear cut chances, although his casualness on the must-have worried his own fans at times.

Lindelof 7

By no means the finished article, but is growing in stature and put in another encouraging display tonight.

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Shaw 7

Solid defensively and played a crucial role in United’s second goal, bursting out from the back and playing Lukaku through.

Herrera 7

Snapped at ankles and kept things ticking over in possession – exactly as his manager would have wanted.

Matic 7

Grew into the game and used his experience to slow things down at times when Arsenal seemed to be building up a head of steam.

Pogba 8 (MOTM)

Superb during the second period, with his lung-busting runs driving his side forward time and time again.

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Lingard 8

Tidy finish for his goal and once again impressed in a false nine role away to a top six rival.

Lukaku 8

Enjoyed himself in an unfamiliar role on the right wing, providing two assists, with his through ball for Sanchez’s strike showing a deftness of touch that is rarely associated with the Belgian striker.

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Sanchez 7

Silenced the boo boys with an excellent finish, even if he did little else.

Substitutes

Martial 7

It was his composed finish in the 82nd minute that sealed the victory for his side.

Rashford 7

His pace caused Arsenal all sorts of problems after his introduction.

Jones 7

No brain farts. Well done Phil.

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