Manchester United recorded a 2-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday, thanks to goals from Robin van Persie and Patrice Evra, to leapfrog Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
The Reds produced an impressive team performance against the Gunners, although there were several players who stood out above the rest as contenders for ManUtd.com’s Man of The Match award. Thankfully, we’ve managed to specify our shortlist to five...
Robin van Persie: The Dutchman showed his class, both as a player and a man, by scoring a fine opening goal in the third minute before declining to celebrate in a mark of respect to his former club Arsenal - despite being poorly received by the Gunners’ travelling support.
Wayne Rooney: United’s talismanic striker was disappointed to screw his first-half penalty wide of the post but characteristically recovered to produce a fine performance alongside RvP. Dropping deep on several occasions, Rooney was instrumental in all of the Reds’ attacking endeavours and he also saw a good effort well saved by Vito Mannone in the first half.
Patrice Evra: A seemingly unlikely target from a short corner, the Frenchman scored his second header of the season after the break to double United’s advantage. Typically adventurous, Evra also supplied a willing outlet for Ashley Young on the left flank and coped well against Santi Carzorla.
Rio Ferdinand: Cool, calm and collected. Three words which typify Ferdinand’s performance at the back against a fluent and willing Arsenal attack. As well as winning several key headers, the veteran defender also displayed his impressive distribution skills with a couple of excellently placed passes.
Jonny Evans: The Northern Irishman has formed a concrete partnership with Ferdinand and was almost unbeatable in the air on Saturday. High on confidence, Evans even burst forward on a couple of occasions, supplying the through-ball that led to Anderson’s disallowed goal in the second half.