Manchester United Player Ratings: van Persie wasteful, Carrick impressive

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How did Manchester United's players rate in the drab 0-0 draw with Arsenal?

Here are the ratings for David Moyes' side...

David de Gea – 8 STAR MAN – The Spanish goalkeeper kept United in the game with a string of fine saves, including a couple of key stops from Santi Cazorla.

Rafael – 6 – Substituted at half time, Rafael had issues with his crossing and distribution, and the United defence ultimately looked more solid when he was replaced by Rio Ferdinand.

Nemanja Vidic – 7 – Vidic formed a solid second half partnership with Ferdinand, but his age is starting to show and he looked frequently immobile. Fortunately, Arsenal played with everything in front of the United defence, playing right into Vidic's hands.

Chris Smalling – 7 – Smalling had a very good game both at centre back and right back, showing his versatility throughout the game, which has made him a key part of David Moyes' side in recent weeks.

Patrice Evra – 6 – Evra had an average game against the Gunners, failing to really offer much in the way of attacking prowess as his age begins to show down the left flank, but he defended generally solidly.

Antonio Valencia – 6 – Valencia provided a key moment in the game when he headed Laurent Koscielny's header off the line, but frequently gave the ball away and failed to really trouble Kieran Gibbs down the right hand side.

Michael Carrick – 8 – Carrick was excellent in the United midfield, breaking up play and keeping play ticking over in the middle of the park. Carrick worked hard throughout the game and was the driving force in United's midfield.

Tom Cleverley – 5 – Cleverley was poor again for United tonight, failing to impose himself on the game and giving the ball away frequently. He has played worse recently, but it still wasn't a great performance from the under-fire England international.

Juan Mata – 5 – Much was expected of Mata given his impressive record against Arsenal, but the £37m playmaker failed to really make an impact, hitting snap shots from range that barely troubled Szczesny and failing to create much either.

Wayne Rooney – 6 – Rooney put in his usual shift up front for United, but wasn't much of a threat in attack. Late in the game where United were breaking, Rooney made a poor decision where he could have played a pass to set up an attack.

Robin van Persie – 6 – van Persie had a number of opportunities to score against his former club, most notably when clean through in the first minute but his tame shot was easy for Szczesny to deal with, but was unlucky not to score when he headed Rooney's cross towards the top corner, only for the Polish goalkeeper to pull off a great save.

Substitutes:

Rio Ferdinand – 7 – Having replaced Rafael at half time, Ferdinand formed a strong partnership in the United defence alongside Vidic, limiting Arsenal to half-chances.

Adnan Januzaj – 5 – Failed to really get into the game after replacing Mata in the second half.

Ashley Young – n/a – Didn't have enough time to make an impact.

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