Southampton 0-0 Manchester United: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

Sergio Romero 8 – The type of performance that may force Jose Mourinho into thinking again about signing another goalkeeper this summer. Simply excellent from start to finish, following up an incredible penalty save from Manolo Gabbiadini with a string of superb stops and commanding catches.

Eric Bailly 7 – Gave away a needless – and, it should be noted, wrongly awarded – penalty after five minutes but this was another bombastic, energetic display at right back from the Ivorian. Even managed to dance through Southampton’s back four and force a save out of Fraser Forster.

Chris Smalling 5 – Another strong endorsement for the Englishman to not be in Jose Mourinho‘s plans next year. Failed to inspire any confidence with his shakiness on the ball.

Phil Jones 6 – Started in similar fashion to his English counterpart, producing a number of awkward balls forward and uncontrolled headers, but did manage to make a few important blocks later on.

Matteo Darmian 7 – A quietly studious, disciplined performance on the left from the Italian. An ambiguous figure this season but without doubt a safe pair of hands for next Wednesday.

Axel Tuanzebe 7 – This may have been just his third start for the first team, but there are signs already pointing towards the youngster adjusting to his surroundings. Wonderfully assured and accurate with his passing all evening.

Marouane Fellaini 6 – Provided plenty of muscle and aerial presence but looked bereft of much verve going forward.

Juan Mata 6 – Moved the ball nicely, linking up smartly with Mkhitaryan early on, but will kick himself after missing a golden chance in the second half. Went straight down the tunnel with a possible knock after coming off.

Wayne Rooney 5 – There isn’t a No.10 in the Premier League capable of slowing attacking movements like the 31-year-old. A few smart passes, but ultimately another lethargic, almost desperate showing from the captain.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 6 – With nothing at stake and Southampton leaving a few gaps, this was a time for the Armenian to shine, but he couldn’t offer much more than a few neat touches.

Anthony Martial 6.5 – Largely invisible for most of the evening, reduced mainly to laying the ball back to teammates as the visitors struggled for momentum. Almost broke the deadlock with a mazy run and smart curling shot that rattled the post.


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