Southampton 1 Man United 2: Player ratings as Van Persie impresses

Player ratings as Robin van Persie rediscovers his goal-scoring touch

By Sam Rogers
Southampton
1
Man United
2

Southampton

Fraser Forster Was thrown under the bus by his skipper for the first goal and was unable to prevent Van Persie from point-blank range for the second. Solid otherwise. 5/10

Ryan Bertrand Worked hard to limit Valencia’s impact down on the flanks, and pressed forward with readiness at every opportunity. 6

Nathaniel Clyne Looked dangerous in attacking positions and push Young back into his own half in what proved to be an interesting battle. 5

Maya Yoshida Kept Rooney and Van Persie honest for the most part, almost scored a brilliant goal in the second half. 6

Jose Fonte Would have wanted the ground to open up and swallow him whole after gifting the Dutchman his first goal. Was stronger as the match went on. 4

Victor Wanyama Was dominant in midfield and created plenty for his side to build on in the centre of the park. 7

Sadio Mane Worked tirelessly throughout but was frustratingly wayward in his distribution. 5

Steven Davis Solid performance keeping his side attacking throughout and moved the ball around impressively when possible. 7

Dusan Tadic Missed an opportunity to put Pelle through early on but worked tirelessly for an opening eventually creating the assist for the striker’s goal. 6

Graziano Pelle Took his goal well to end the drought and tried hard to get his side back in the game second time around. 6

Shane Long Was a visible presence in the final third kept the United back four honest with sharp movement. Let the side with his finishing though. 5

Substitutes

Emmanuel Mayuka Replaced Long with 10 minutes to go but could force an equaliser. 5

Manchester United

David De Gea Made some key saves in the second half but couldn’t do much about the goal. 5

Marcos Rojo Lost possession a couple of times but was solid for the most part. Looked sharp in attack and keen to provide impetus on the front foot. 5

Paddy McNair Looked out of his depth against the pace of the home side. Was replaced just before half-time to spare the Irishman’s blushes somewhat. 4

Chris Smalling Was looking good in defence before pulling up with an injury to add to his side’s current crisis. 4

Michael Carrick Another professional performance from United’s vice-captain. Pulled the strings in the midfield and kept the control of the game in the midfield. One of the few players to put a decent shift in tonight. 7

Ashley Young Another one of United’s best players especially in the first half. Caused numerous problems down the flank, while looking particularly solid in defence. 6

Marouane Fellaini Solid from the Belgian who was in a constant battle with Wanyama throughout in the midfield. Kept on battling throughout, despite lacking confidence as the match wore on. 5

Antonio Valencia Didn’t enjoy a good time of it at wing-back, lost the ball far too often and was unable to get forward to support the attacks with any regularity. 4

Juan Mata The midfield maestro was unable to best utilise his skills because of the lack of possession his side endured. Got stronger slightly in the second half. 5

Robin van Persie (Man of the match) The mercurial Dutchman was the star of the show, with two well-taken goals to give his side the smash and grab victory. Always looked keen to push forward and get another goal. 8

Wayne Rooney Had an up and down night but showed enough class to help his side win the game on the night. Will play far better with less success this season. 7

Substitutes

Jonny Evans Replaced Smalling in the first half and looked a rock at the back despite not having played much in recent times. 7

Darren Fletcher Replaced Mata late and was unable to make an impact. N/A

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