Edwin Van der Sar
Little to do in a game that featured precious few attempts on goal. Held on well to van Persie’s late shot.
Did well against Arshavin, who failed to make a significant impact. First-class distribution as well, not to mention some timely tackles.
Got the better of an intriguing battle with Robin van Persie. Dominated in the air, as you’d expect, but also won a lot of balls played into the Arsenal strikers’ feet. Immense.
After a few wobbles at Wigan in midweek, the Northern Irishman was back to his old self. Nothing flashy today, but he made a number of timely interceptions and one early tackle on Arshavin when the Russian darted goalwards.
A top performance from the Frenchman. Nothing got past him down the left and he joined United’s attacks as often as possible, looking a real threat going forward on a number of occasions.
Involved a lot early on but just couldn’t make the final ball count. Had little success from free-kicks, although was inevitably still at the heart of most of United’s attacking forays.
Fletch is best when the game is played at a frenetic pace, so today’s clash didn’t suit the Scot so much. That said, he did the simple things well and rarely gave the ball away.
Not much came off for the Welshman early on, but Ryan gradually asserted himself on the game. Showed his experience by putting his foot on the ball and calming things down when necessary.