A gruelling outing saw Man United settle for an underwhelming 0-0 draw against Southampton as the Red Devils dropped points for a second consecutive league game on Sunday. Whilst influenced by varying refereeing decisions, the hosts failed to find a winning goal despite their dominance, although, Erik Ten Hag’s side remains keen on strengthening their position in the top-four moving forward.
Having dominated the game from the first whistle, United ensured they emerged as the imposing side in front of goal, although the hosts struggled to find the back of the net on the afternoon. Despite threatening the opposition’s goal before the break, a controversial red card decision saw Casemiro sent off in the 34th minute, with United partly ceasing control of the game with ten outfield players for the remainder of the tie at Old Trafford.
A proactive second half saw Southampton create numerous opportunities in front of goal, although the visitors failed to convert against Man United on the afternoon. With the Red Devils posing an impressive defensive performance, the hosts ensured they settled for a point on Sunday, with Ten Hag expected to look forward to securing three points in their next Premier League fixture.
Man United Player Ratings Vs Southampton: Starting XI
David De Gea (GK) – 6/10: Having produced a handful of crucial saves, De Gea delivered an excellent performance on Sunday. Although struggling for consistency across recent outings, the Spaniard will be keen on returning to his best form moving forward.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 6/10: A reliable display saw Wan-Bissaka deliver a decent defensive performance against the Saints. Expected to retain his place in the starting line-up, the full-back will be keen on continuing to improve his contributions over the coming weeks.
Raphael Varane (RCB) – 6/10: Commanding in his display, Varane remained a reliable presence in defence on Sunday. Integral to the team’s prospects, the centre-back will be keen on remaining consistent in his displays moving forward.
Lisandro Martinez (LCB) – 7/10: Impactful in his overall contribution, Martinez emerged as the team’s most prolific player on the pitch against Southampton. Vital to the team’s defensive organisation, the centre-back will be keen on maintaining his notable standard of performance over the coming fixtures.
Luke Shaw (LB) – 6/10: Reliable at the back, Shaw delivered a disciplined performance on Sunday. An important part of the team’s defence, the English left-back will be keen on continuing to improve his contributions moving forward.
Casemiro (CDM) – 6/10: Although having been sent off before the break, Casemiro delivered a decent performance against the visitors on Sunday. Serving a four-game domestic ban, the midfielder will be keen on returning to his best form following the suspension.
Bruno Fernandes (CAM) – 6/10: Decent in possession, Fernandes emerged as the only Man United player to have severely tested the Southampton goalkeeper. Pivotal to the team’s attack, the Portuguese international will be keen on building on his performances over the coming fixtures.
Antony (RW) – 5/10: Having struggled to make an impact, Antony delivered an average performance against the Saints. Expected to be granted opportunities, the forward will be need to make the best of the same moving forward.
Jadon Sancho (CAM) – 6/10: Decent in his performance, Sancho had a promising impact on Sunday. Expected to be granted adequate game-time, the forward will be keen on making the best of his opportunities over the remainder of the season.
Marcus Rashford (LW) – 6/10: Whilst impactful in possession, Rashford struggled to make the best of his opportunities against the Saints. Pivotal to the team’s attacking prospects, the forward will be keen on maintaining his exceptional goal-scoring form moving forward in the campaign.
Wout Weghorst (ST) – 6/10: Substituted moments before half-time, Weghorst remained unable to make an impact on Sunday. Likely to retain his spot moving forward, the Dutchman will be keen on making the best of his opportunities on the pitch.
Man United Player Ratings Vs Southampton: Substitutes
Scott McTominay (CM) – 6/10: Promising in his contributions, McTominay delivered a reliable performance against Southampton. Expected to start Premier League fixtures in Casemiro’s absence, the Scotsman will be keen on making the best of his opportunities moving forward.
Alejandro Garnacho (LW) – 6/10: Decent in his performance, Garnacho remained a promising introduction before being subbed off having suffered an injury on Sunday. With an update on his potential injury yet to be provided, the youngster will be keen on making a return as soon as possible.
Facundo Pellistri (RW) – 6/10: A promising addition, Pellistri delivered a decent cameo against the Saints. Likely to be granted game-time moving forward, the youngster will be looking to make the bests of his opportunities until the end of the season.
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Harry Maguire (LCB) – 6/10: Introduced to add fresh legs in defence, Maguire delivered a decent cameo against the Saints. With his future at the club uncertain, the centre-back will be keen on making the best of his opportunities moving forward.
Fred (CM) – 6/10: Introduced to add mobility in the midfield, Fred delivered a decent performance on Sunday. Expected to make the starting line-up this weekend, the Brazilian will be keen on finding consistency in his displays over the coming fixtures.
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