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Manchester United 0-0 Southampton: Player Ratings

Sumedh Pande
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Manchester United v Southampton - Premier League
A man under great pressure

Manchester United dropped more points as they were held at home by a resolute Southampton side. The scoreline remained 0-0 at the end of stoppage time with United now dropping to third in the league standings. Southampton were compact in defence from the word go and played on the counter to great effect. 

Other than the disappointing result, United also suffered an injury blow in the form of Romelu Lukaku. The striker went off early in the game after he suffered a nasty head injury. So without further ado, let's delve right in and look at how each player fared in a 0-0 stalemate at Old Trafford: 


Manchester United v Southampton - Premier League
A brilliant point to win away from home

Southampton 

Alex McCarthy: 8/10 

The Premier League debutant had a dream start to his league career, keeping a clean sheet at one of the toughest places to do so. He looked confident with his handling of the ball and made a fine late save off a Matic shot. 

Jack Stephens: 7/10 

Playing at an unusual right-back position, Stephens got back to his best after a nightmare against Tottenham Hotspur. Against United, Stephens made some important clearances and also made one crucial late tackle on Jesse Lingard when he was through on goal. 

Maya Yoshida: 6/10 

The Saints captain on the night looked a bit edgy at times and was not completely assertive. He could have done better against marking Lukaku in the opening few exchanges when the striker headed wide. Yoshida was also lucky not to concede a penalty after his handball was deemed unintentional by the referee. 

Wesley Hoedt: 8/10 

Hoedt put in a commanding performance and was brilliant from the word go. He made some crucial interceptions and also adjusted well to the pace of Mkhitaryan and Rashford. Hoedt could have won the game for Southampton in the second half but his header went wide. 

Sam McQueen: 6/10 

Replacing Targett, the young left-back handled the waves of United attacks well. His tackles were timed perfectly and he also helped out going forward. But his delivery was rather aimless and left a lot to be desired. 

Oriol Romeu: 6/10

Manchester United v Southampton - Premier League
Romeu did all the dirty work for his side

Romeu showed a type of display that is needed from a team's defensive midfielder. The former Chelsea man shielded his back four well but was often found wanting in the first half. He rectified that in the second half and was one of the Saints' best players after the break. 

Pierre Emile Hojberg: 7/10

Hojberg delivered a tireless performance on the night and was literally seen everywhere on the field. His passing kept the play ticking for Southampton and his ball retentions helped the away side keep a clean sheet after 11 games. 

James Ward-Prowse: 6/10 

The midfielder could have scored on the night but his shot was saved with expertise by David De Gea. He was a brilliant outlet on the right flank but could not find consistency with his crosses. 

Dusan Tadic: 5/10 

Tadic showed signs of his close control of the ball and his ability to beat his man in close spaces but lacked any sort of end product in the final third. 

Sofiane Boufal: 6/10 

Just as Tadic, the Moroccan was also guilty of getting in good positions but lacking a killer pass or a stinging shot on goal. Boufal troubled the United defenders but failed to make the most of it. 

Shane Long: 7/10 

The striker was really unlucky not to score for Southampton with De Gea again coming to the home side's rescue. Long worked really hard for the team and put Lindelof under immense pressure. Inarguably, this was Long's most impactful performance of the season. 

Substitutions 

Manolo Gabbiadini: 5/10 

He was on for about 10 minutes on the field but lacked any service from his teammates to make any meaningful contribution. 

Mario Lemina: 6/10 

Lemina was brought on for some fresh legs in defence and seeing out the final quarter of the game with ease. He did his part to perfection. 

Nathan Redmond: N/A 

The winger played for just over five minutes and was introduced to help out the defence at the end. 

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Sumedh Pande
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An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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