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28/08/2011 18:00, Report by Adam Marshall
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Utd v Arsenal ratings

Check out our individual analysis of the incredible 8-2 exhibition against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

David De Gea
A quite superb penalty save to deny Robin van Persie instantly elevated his status with the Old Trafford faithful and a double-stop from Andriy Arshavin and the Dutchman proved his class. Even though he'll be frustrated to allow Theo Walcott to pull one back, his second-half save from van Persie's volley was again from the top drawer. No chance when the Arsenal captain finally got the better of him.

Chris Smalling
Little wonder Fabio Capello thinks he can be England's right-back. This Rolls-Royce of a footballer was absolutely outstanding again and looks extremely comfortable when linking with the attack. Dragged a shot wide after some splendid set-up play and he seems like he's been playing at this level for years.

Jonny Evans
Commanding and composed, he snuffed out an early through ball to van Persie and was comfortable at the heart of the defence. Conceded a soft penalty when making contact with Walcott's shoulder but that was the only blot on another stylish display.

Phil Jones
Caught by a rash Arshavin tackle which would have forced lesser men off but he soldiered on and showed his powers of recovery when calmly nodding back to De Gea after initially producing a dangerously wayward header. Unlucky to play van Persie onside for Arsenal's second goal after crashing into the net when trying to head away.

Patrice Evra
Earned a penalty to allow Wayne Rooney to clinch his hat-trick and easily won his battle with Walcott, often stopping the young Gunner in his tracks. Attacked with extra verve and swagger in the second half and he'll be proud to have skippered the side in a match like this.

Nani
Some fans groaned when he failed to convert an Ashley Young cross soon after producing a poor

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