David de Gea 6: The Spaniard could do little for Southampton’s late equaliser but made a couple of pivotal saves to preserve United’s slender lead with a smart save against Nathaniel Clyne and another good stop to deny Adam Lallana late on.
Rafael 6: Provided the width and balance United lack when he’s missing from the right-back position. He was a decent attacking outlet but looked a little porous defensively at times.
Phil Jones 6: Partnered Jonny Evans in his preferred position at the heart of the defence. Was perhaps a little over keen to win possession and at times found it tough to deal with Pablo Osvaldo’s physicality. Has to play at centre half more regularly.
Jonny Evans 7: The 25-year-old’s marking of Dejan Lovren was questionable for Southampton’s equaliser but the defender was typically classy, recovered the ball well and won all of his aerial duels in the game.
Patrice Evra 6: Created a good chance which Wayne Rooney should have found the net from and his attacking intent was exemplified by a fine run which culminated in the Frenchman finding himself in the striker’s position. The experienced full-back still looks vulnerable defensively.
Michael Carrick 7: United’s metronome in the middle produced a solid display and he moved the ball with real intelligence. His recovery of the ball was second to none as usual but he and Fellaini both struggled against Schneiderlin and Wanyama in the centre.
Marouane Fellaini 5: For a man with good physical attributes, the Belgian struggled to impose himself on the game. He looked awkward in possession and his passing was rather safe. Sliced over with his left peg in his only meaningful offensive contribution.
Nani 6: A frustrating afternoon for the Portuguese winger who had impressed over the international break. Was lively in the first half and always looked to beat his man. Crossed well for Rooney and might have scored with a powerful header. His decision making wasn’t the best but his substitution was a little bizarre.
Adnan Januzaj 8: Marked a new contract with another great display. A sumptuous through ball led to United’s opener. Tested Boruc with a powerful effort in the second half and the youngster was also defensively aware.
Wayne Rooney 6: Ran pretty tirelessly and carved out some decent chances – hit the woodwork and he forced a good save out of Boruc prior to van Persie’s goal. His build-up play, usually so impressive, was below par in a disappointing performance from the in-form striker.
Robin van Persie 6: Still seems to be lacking fitness but his finish was reminiscent of last season’s form. Hit the woodwork in the second half but the Dutchman has looked noticeably off colour for United of late, despite tearing things up for Holland in midweek.
Ryan Giggs 5: Replaced Nani, and played on the right hand side before moving to the centre of midfield. Fairly ineffectual and it was a strange move to bring on the 39-year-old, especially with other options seemingly better suited.
Danny Welbeck 5: A late introduction for Fellaini. Had one decent run at the Saints back line but was denied by an extremely well-timed tackle by Schneiderlin.
Chris Smalling: Brought on to see the game out which led to a defensive re-shuffle which may have contributed to the late goal conceded.