Southampton 1-1 Man Utd: player rating

Manchester United matched Arsenal’s top record in 27 away games without defeat but could only manage a 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

United were overwhelmingly dominant early on and could easily have taken the lead from one of their many free kicks, but Southampton grew into the game as the half progressed and opened the scoring on the half-hour mark.

Bruno Fernandes gave the possession carelessly on the wing and the ball found its way to Che Adams, whose blow diverted Fred and embedded in the lower corner to give the Saints the lead at the break.

United needed just nine minutes after the interval to even things out. Paul Pogba wreaked havoc in the box and dropped the ball to Mason Greenwood, whose worn-out shot hit Alex McCarthy and into the back of the net.

Both sides pressed for the goal, David de Gea pulled out an excellent save to deny Adam Armstrong late, but neither side could do enough to secure all three points.

Salisu had an excellent game / James Williamson – AMA / Getty Images

Alex McCarthy (GK) – 5/10 – Looked a little insecure when he came out to demand posts and was nowhere near good enough for the equalizer. Really careless.

Tino Livramento (RB) – 7/10 – Had to defend myself a little more in this game but handled everything so well. Looked powerful and confident and made a handful of crucial blocks to keep Southampton alive early.

Jack Stephens (CB) – 7/10 – Some awkward passes on the edge of his area, but otherwise did well to repel United’s attacks. Fernandes completely pulled for the opening goal and pressed so well the whole game.

Mohammed Salisu (CB) – 7/10 – Made a handful of final challenges as Southampton struggled and then led by example. Marked Martial out of the game.

Romain Perraud (LB) – 6/10 – Didn’t do much wrong but looked uncomfortable for most of the game. Made some sloppy free kicks away but tried to catch up with some good overlapping runs.

Djenepo looked very dangerous / James Williamson – AMA / Getty Images

Theo Walcott (RM) – 5/10 – Pressed with real determination and the desire to help keep United in check, but offered very little with the ball at his feet. Took off at half time.

Oriol Romeu (CM) – 6/10 – Made some awful decisions early on and took way too long to get started, but eventually I figured it out myself. Did well to dampen Matic and Fred.

James Ward -Prowse (CM) – 6/10 – More careless from the corners than you expect. Seemed to lack his usual calm and found United’s midfield pressure a little too much sometimes.

Moussa Djenepo (LM) – 7/10 – Ruthless and brilliant at the same time. Throw the body at everyone and everything and looked really dangerous all the time, but lacked a little peace sometimes.

Breakthrough for Southampton! ?

Jack Stephens wins the ball from Bruno Fernandes high on the pitch and Che Adam’s deflected effort hits David de Gea! ?

– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 22, 2021

Che Adams (ST) – 7/10 – Got a little lucky with the goal but I absolutely do not care. Pressed United’s back line well, defended unbelievably and deserved his luck.

Adam Armstrong (ST) – 6/10 – Paired with Adams and did some excellent runs that were almost too smart for his own teammates. Should have done much better with a brilliant chance deep in the second half.

Bednarek helped from the bench / Robin Jones / Getty Images

Jan Bednarek – 6/10

Ibrahima Diallo – 6/10

Kyle Walker -Peters – N / A

De Gea had to stay awake / James Williamson – AMA / Getty Images

David de Gea (GK) – 6/10 – Helpless for the opening goal but pulled off an excellent save to deny Armstrong halfway through others. Stopped a certain goal.

Aaron Wan -Bissaka (RB) – 5/10 – Surprisingly convincing in the tackle and really struggled with Armstrong’s pace. Looked just as panicked with the ball at his feet.

Victor Lindelof (CB) – 5/10 – Some sloppy passes from start to finish. Did not have the speed to keep up with Southampton’s floating front line and needed extra help from Matic.

Harry Maguire (CB) – 5/10 – Did not like the pressure of Southampton’s pressure at all and seemed to panic with his long balls. Lots of sloppy passes and some smelly challenges at times.

Luke Shaw (LB) – 6/10 – Played some dangerous crosses for United’s forwards but could not connect with those around him. Did well against Walcott but fought against Livramento.

#MUFC is level! ⚖

Mason Greenwood’s effort finds the back of the net after some silky footwork from Paul Pogba ….

– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 22, 2021

Nemanja Matic (DM) – 5/10 – A tricky one. Did well as an extra midfielder but that meant he was missing in midfield. Braked the game almost constantly.

Fred (DM) – 5/10 – Did not offer enough at both ends of the field. Particularly careless in the attack, where he did his best to erase all the momentum that United tried to build.

Mason Greenwood (RM) – 7/10 – Looked very dangerous on the wing and even more so when he switched to striker to replace Martial. A worn finish but everyone counts.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) – 6/10 – Linked very well to Pogba but did not really bid on the ball. A little overwhelming for someone of his quality.

Paul Pogba (LM) – 7/10 – Balls. Drove the game from whatever position he was in, picked up perfect passes and burned defenders with some wonderful dribbles.

A poor performance from Martial / James Williamson – AMA / Getty Images

Anthony Martial (ST) – 4/10 – Not existing again. Offered almost nothing in the first half and surprisingly hooked into the second while United tried to get to the top of the game.

Sancho came off the bench / James Williamson – AMA / Getty Images

Jadon Sancho – 6/10

Scott McTominay – 6/10

Jesse Lingard – N / A

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