Manchester United’s final game of the season at Old Trafford saw them held to a 1-1 draw.
United started the game brightly and dominated the opening half. They took the lead through Ander Herrera’s smart volley which came from yet another Ashley Young cross.
It seemed like business as usual for United, until Arsenal turned on the gas from the hour mark. Aaron Ramsey inspired the Gunners’ comeback as they began to slowly claw their way back into the game, and it wasn’t long until they did. Theo Walcott’s introduction very quickly produced a goal, the Englishman’s attempted cross hit Blackett on the way into the box and subsequently found its way into the back of the net, much to the dismay of debutant Goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who made his first appearance for United in his 5 months at the club.
Valdes’ introduction, along with Van Persie’s and Blackett’s, produced very little to shout about. Blackett and Valdes together could be blamed for Arsenal’s goal, and Van Persie offered very little when he was introduced.
Falcao started the game upfront in what is almost certainly his last appearance at Old Trafford, and although the Colombian made some promising off the ball runs, he failed to make any impact on the game. Upon substitution, Falcao gave a wave to the stands, goodbye? I think so.
It wasn’t Daley Blind’s finest game in a United shirt either. Stats may show the Dutchman to have been a machine on the pitch, but in reality, Blind looked massively out of place in the holding midfield role. Carrick’s presence has definitely been missed.
Overall, Manchester United have claimed a point in a game they would have liked to win, for Arsenal, it was a result that will suit them just fine.
The Manchester United team, while not extraordinary, had a pretty adequate game. Here are the player ratings I think the players deserve.
De Gea – 7
Valencia – 7
Jones – 6.5
Smalling – 7
Rojo – 6.5
Blind – 5
Herrera – 7.5
Fellaini – 7
Mata – 6.5
Young – 7.5
Falcao – 6
Valdes – 5
Blackett – 4
RVP – 5