PLAYER NOTES: Cristiano Ronaldo was keen to impress in Manchester United win
Manchester United came back from behind to beat Arsenal 3-2 in their final game before new interim manager Ralf Rangnick got to work at Old Trafford.
Arsenal took the lead in a bizarre fashion at Old Trafford when Emile Smith Rowe passed an unfortunate David De Gea who was on the ground after teammate Fred stepped on his foot.
But Cristiano Ronaldo was there to make a difference once again in what was Michael Carrick’s last game in temporary charge, scoring a brace as Bruno Fernandes stepped on the scene.
Sportsmail’s Chris Wheeler assessed the performance of the players in the Premier League clash on Thursday night.
Manchester United came from behind to claim an impressive 3-2 win over Arsenal
It was Michael Carrick’s last game at the club with Ralf Rangnick as interim boss
MAN UTD (4-2-3-1)
DAVID DE GEA 6 – Did he have to come down like that? Could have been stronger and saved everyone – including Rangnick – a lot of confusion.
DIOGO DALOT 6.5 – Impressed on his first league start of the season and played a key role in preparing for United’s second goal.
VICTOR LINDELOF 6 – Did not do much wrong but Rangnick knows that tightening in the back should be his first priority.
HARRY MAGUIRE 6.5 – Eager to make an impact after the suspension and it showed with two long shots in the first half.
ALEX SUCH 5 – Taken out of position on several occasions, including Arsenal’s second goal. Poor penalty winning attempt in the first half.
David De Gea caused a lot of confusion when he stayed on the ground leading to Arsenal’s opening goal
Alex Telles has been taken out of position on several occasions, including Arsenal’s second goal
SCOTT MCTOMINAY 7 – Another non-stop posting – exactly the kind the new manager will be looking for – after another first semester booking.
Fred 7 – He played higher on the field under Carrick and his runs in the box led to the second and third goals.
JADON SANCHO 6 – Had a hand in the first goal but Rangnick has known from his time in Germany that Sancho has even more to give.
BRUNO FERNANDES 7 – Chosen a good time to end his goal starvation, scoring for the first time in 16 games to level United.
Bruno Fernandes ended his long shortage to equalize in the first half
MARCUS RASHFORD 6 – Attenuated in the first half, much better again in the second. Excellent pass to set up the second goal.
CRISTIANO RONALDO 7.5 – Did he press? Not really. But he was so keen on impressing the new boss that he attempted two kicks over the top before scoring twice.
Submarines: Bailly, Jones, Mata, Martial (for Ronaldo 88), Greenwood, Lingard (for Rashford 79, 6), Diallo, Henderson, Van de Beek (for Fernandes 90).
Scorers: Fernandes 44, Ronaldo 52, pen 70
Director: Michael carrick 7
Cristiano Ronaldo made the difference for Manchester United again with two goals
Ramsdale 6; Tomiyasu 6.5, White 6.5, Gabriel 6, Tavares 5.5; Martinelli 7, Partey 6, Elneny 6.5, Smith-Rowe 7 (Saka 70, 5.5); Odegaard 6.5 (Nketiah 79, 6); Aubameyang 6 (Lacazette 79, 6). Subtitles: Tierney, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Pepe, Sambi Lokonga, Okonkwo.
Scorers: Smith Rowe 13, Odegaard 54
Director: Mikel Arteta 6
Arbitrator: Martin Atkinson 5