Sunday, August 14, 2022

Matic Gets 4; Lukaku With 6 | Manchester United Players Rated In Their Draw Vs Southampton

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Manchester United made a stunning comeback from being 2-0 down against Southampton but were not able to do enough to get more than a point from this clash. Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera scored in quick succession to bring their side back into the game after they were stunned by two early goals from Stuart Armstrong and Cedric Soares.

The Red Devils tried their level best to make a brilliant comeback against the South Coast club in this away fixture but the Saints defence was too resilient to allow any more goals past them in the second half and the match ended all square. This draw brings one more point to the tally for Manchester United with no improvement in their ranking as the seventh-placed side in the league table.

Here is how the Manchester United players were rated from their win against Southampton.

David de Gea: 6

Conceded two goals in quick succession very early in the match but recovered well to help his side scrape out one point from a tough fixture.

Ashley Young: 6

Was a threat with his forward runs but was not much use defensively.

Scott McTominay: 5

Was once again deployed in a strange looking five men defence by Jose Mourinho and was found wanting in the first half. Did better in the second half, however.

Phil Jones: 5

Did not do any favour to his side with his frailness in defence, allowing Armstrong to notch up an early goal.

Nemanja Matic: 4

Looked absolutely out of sorts in his new role in the defensive lineup and it was evident throughout the match.

Luke Shaw: 5

Went up the pitch with the ball quite a few times but looked ineffective defensively.

Paul Pogba: 6

Made a few good passes and vied a lot for the ball in the midfield but that was all he could do to show for his efforts on the night.

Ander Herrera: 7

Kept the ball under control and created space in the midfield to pass it in the right direction. Scored a cheeky but very important goal to bring back his side in the contest.

Marouane Fellaini: 5

His flair and technical ability on the ball from the last couple of matches seemed to have disappeared, just like his hair on the night.

Marcus Rashford: 7

Looked like the only positive spark for the Red Devils as his darting runs and pinpoint passing were too much to handle for the opposition.

Romelu Lukaku: 6

Looked good occasionally and finally ended his goal drought in the 33rd minute to script a comeback for his side. However, could not threaten the defenders throughout the night.

Substitutes

Diogo Dalot: 4

Defended well in his short stint on the pitch after a long injury lay-off.

Anthony Martial: NA

Played too little to warrant a rating.

Jesse Lingard: NA

Played too little to warrant a rating.

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