Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-1 Southampton

A year and 10 days on from Manchester United‘s 9-0 thrashing of Southampton, the two sides met again at Old Trafford.

United started brightly, and after Cristiano Ronaldo failed to convert after rounding goalkeeper Fraser Forster, Jadon Sancho soon made up for it with the game’s opening goal. United continued to look good in the first half, with a significant amount of territory.

As the second half came upon us, Southamption flew out the blocks and Che Adams gave them a deserved equaliser. As the match further progressed, Southampton dominated more and more, and despite a late push for victory by United, the spills were shared and two more points were dropped at Old Trafford – yet again harming United’s chances of a top 4 finish this season.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea – 7/10

De Gea did well to stop Southampton scoring in the first half, however a great finish from Adams took away his clean sheet. He overall had a good game, and made some big saves.

Defenders

Diogo Dalot – 4/10

Dalot was not involved in much capacity for the majority of the game. He grew in to the game in the final 15 miutes, however his crosses and passes were often over hit or otherwise poorly executed.

Raphaël Varane – 5.5/10

Varane won all 7 of his aerial duels today, and completed 5 out of 8 long balls. However, he did not perform in much of a standout manner. It could be argued that him gambling instead of tracking Adams’ run for Southampton’s goal could have prevented the shot.

Harry Maguire – 3/10

Maguire had a mixed game, but with more bad than good. He had to battle with Broja for a lot of today, and although he did well at points, there were several moments when Broja looked to be comfortably getting the better of him. There were multiple moments throught the game where he gambled unnecessarily.

He did have two shots well saved by Forster.

Luke Shaw – 5/10

Shaw combined well with Sancho in the first half, however there were periods where Southampton targeted his side to attack down, and Broja gave him issues down that side.

Midfielders

Bruno Fernandes – 4/10

Fernandes played a beautiful pass to Rashford in the build up to United’s goal, however he was poor today. It felt once again like he was forcing the ball forwards too often, and was slightly disconnected from the other attacking players.

Scott McTominay – 7/10

Being the man who had to cover for Fernandes and Pogba in midfield, McTominay quietly had a good game – despite his yellow card. He was mostly resistant to the Southampton press, and was good with his passing, with a 93% accuracy.

He put in 3 tackles, made 2 interceptions and 1 clearance.

Paul Pogba – 9/10

United’s best player in the first half. He was a class above the rest for the entire match, showing why he should be the first name on the team sheet each week. He ran the show in the middle third, both collecting the ball from the defenders and driving forwards as well as picking out some beautiful passes and was very effective with his decisions.

Forwards

Marcus Rashford – 4/10

Rashford started on the right and was quite creative, trying to pick out players with crosses to the back post, and it was his run down the right flank that allowed Sancho’s goal to formulate.

However, as he moved towards the left he became more focused on trying to score himself, and did not always pick the rigght option, ultimately meaning United’s attacks broke down.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 4/10

Ronaldo should have opened the scoring for United, after his shot into an open net did not have enough power and was cleared before it could roll in. He was largely ineffective throughout the match.

Jadon Sancho – 8/10

Scoring United’s opening goal, Sancho continued his good form in the first half, looking lively with and without the ball. However, much like United tihis season, Sancho d’s productivity and effectiveness with the ball droppped off in the second half, ending the match a little flat.

Substitutes

Anthony Elanga – 6/10

Elanga came on to act as a right-winger, and brought much needed energy. He was dragging the Southampton block around, however this was not capitalised by the men in Red and his impact was therefore limited.

Jesse Lingard – 4/10

Lingard came on with a few minutes to play, and looked quite wound-up in his actions. He gave away a foul and got himself booked, and ultimately the wantaway attacker could not improve United’s attack in any significant manner.

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