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Player Ratings: Southampton 1-1 Manchester United

Manchester United dropped two points in their visit to Saint Mary’s. An own goal from Fred gave Southampton a first-half lead, and Mason Greenwood equalised in the second half to put United level. It was a poor end to the game for The Reds who struggled to create many chances. Here are the Player Ratings:

Goalkeeper

David De Gea – 7/10

United’s number one could do nothing for the goal that he conceded and ended up making a crucial save late in the second half to keep United level. He was, yet again, hesitant to come out and stop attacks but ultimately had a decent match.

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 5.5/10

The right-back was average throughout and rarely impacted the game. He was pretty poor in the build-up but also had a couple of decent moments going forward on the flank.

Victor Lindelöf – 6.5/10

A decent showing from Lindelöf, who many were surprised to see starting the game. He was good in possession and helped stop a couple of counters from Southampton.

Harry Maguire – 5/10

His worst performance in a United shirt in a long time. Too casual in possession too often and some dodgy defensive actions. He was extremely lucky that De Gea spared his blushes after a major mistake in the second half.

Luke Shaw – 6/10

It seemed that Luke Shaw could just go into cruise control and have a good game, but this was not the case today. Even though he combined well in attack throughout the match, he ended the game like the rest of his team – poorly.

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Midfielders

Fred – 4/10

With a high pressing Southampton, United needed to be strong in their first phase of build-up, but Fred was very poor in possession and allowed The Saints possession in dangerous areas too often. It was no surprise that the deflection for their first goal came off of him.

Nemanja Matic – 5/10

Matic seemed allergic to using his right foot too often which saw him put himself and his teammates in dodgy situations a few times. Some nice play throughout but nothing special.

Bruno Fernandes – 7/10

Bruno lost the ball for the opening goal but it could be strongly argued that he should’ve been rewarded a free-kick. It was a solid performance otherwise, creating a number of chances throughout and being involved in Greenwood’s goal. Like the team though, he disappeared in the latter stages of the game.

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Forwards

Paul Pogba – 8.5/10

Pogba looked sharp throughout and came close to scoring on multiple occasions in the first-half, he then got his fifth assist of the season after some great work to find Greenwood in the box. He continued to show why this role on the left is his best position in Solskjær’s team, being the best United player on the pitch.

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Mason Greenwood – 7/10

The teenager showed his manager why he should’ve probably started him through the middle – scoring an instinctive goal inside the box. It was a decent performance on the ball and Greenwood looked confident whenever he was attacking.

Anthony Martial – 4/10

In his first start since March; Martial looked one thing: Invisible. He was quite weak in his hold-up play and the few combinations that he tried didn’t end up coming off. A day to forget for the Frenchman who was brought off just before the 60-minute mark.

Substitutes

Jadon Sancho – 6/10

A decent showing off the bench for Sancho, who linked up well on multiple occasions but was unable to change the game for United, who dropped off in the latter stages of the game.

Scott McTominay – N/A

Jesse Lingard – N/A

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