Manchester United 3-2 Southampton: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer


David de Gea 6 – Could have possibly done better with Southampton’s first goal but gathered the ball well on the whole.

Antonio Valencia 6 – Struggled to deal with the combined threat of Ryan Bertrand and Nathan Redmond, failing to offer his usual defensive solidity. Did manage to provide some impetus going forward.

Eric Bailly 6 – Endured a difficult first half, clearly bamboozled by Marco Gabbiadini’s clever movement, but managed to improve as the game went on.

Chris Smalling 5 – Clearly at fault for both of Gabbiadini’s goals. Completely failed to keep tabs on the Italian all afternoon and never really managed to plug the gaps in midfield.

Marcos Rojo 5 – Another display that reminded everybody of the fact that, no, the Argentine is definitely not a left back.

Ander Herrera 6 – Displayed his usual tenacity but found himself bypassed by Southampton’s dangerous front four on too many occasions.

Paul Pogba 6 – Produced some truly excellent moments on the ball but didn’t give the back four any cover alongside Herrera.

Juan Mata 5 – Couldn’t enmesh himself in the game whatsoever, reduced to a few rudimentary touches. Came off at half time.

Jesse Lingard 6 – Offered plenty of energy going forward and produced an inch-perfect finish for Manchester United’s opener, only to then fade in influence as the game went on.

Anthony Martial 6 – Couldn’t offer much more than the occasional moment of brightness. Largely contained by Cedric on the left hand side.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 8 – Powered home a truly splendid free-kick and then stood up when it counted to head home United’s third late on. Simply unstoppable.

Substitutes

Michael Carrick

Marcus Rashford

Marouane Fellaini

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