Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera scored 2 first half goals AFTER 2 early Southampton belters by Stuart Armstrong and Cedric Soares as Manchester United were held to a 2-2 draw against Southampton as Manchester United failed to make full use of an earlier game than Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea in order to close the gap on Top-4.
Manchester United put up another characterless, less cheerful, boring performance against Southampton as we came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2. A point gained or 2 lost? Obviously the latter. Manchester United’s recent Premier League performances have been as anti-Manchester United as it has been. Draws, drab draws at that. No fight. No character. No leadership. No direction.
2 of the biggest names have flopped massively for Manchester United in recent weeks: Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba. Some of the stats of Paul Pogba yesterday were pretty awful.
Losses of possession vs Southampton:
Paul Pogba – 14
Rest of Man Utd team combined – 16 pic.twitter.com/e9yFaCCLG3
— bet365 (@bet365) December 1, 2018
Jose Mourinho selected possibly one of Manchester United’s worst ever Premier League lineups yesterday. He didn’t have a centre back and had to start Matic there at Centre Back. But, why McTominay? McTominay at centre back? Again? Doesn’t he remember the 3-1 slapping West Ham gave us? There’s a feeling amongst Manchester United fans that Jose Mourinho is doing it for proving a point that he needs that centre back. He could have easily played a Mata or Lingard or Martial in an attacking line with Jones and Matic at the back. That was a huge mistake.
David De Gea: 8/10
Despite conceding 2 goals, De Gea should not be faulted. Absolutely for nothing. He’s the only one of the present lot that deserves to be representing us in any capacity.
Ashley Young: 5/10
Booked. Not a great performance.
Scott McTominay: 4/10
Poor performance after being played out of position. Again.
Phil Jones: 6/10
Decent performance without a proper partner.
Nemanja Matic: 2/10
Jose Mourinho’s sacking could be due to his loyalty to players like Nemanja Matic. Nothing more to say.
Luke Shaw: 5/10
Hobbled off injured but has to improve in almost all aspects of his game to be an elite fullback.
Paul Pogba: 0/10
Very very very soft from my point to not give him a negative score. 89 million Great British pound player who couldn’t pass a ball properly for 2 Premier League games in a row. Pathetic. Abominal.
Ander Herrera: 7/10
A positive performance in general included with a good little, cheeky goal. Should continue in the team even if any defender comes back.
Marouane Fellaini: 6/10
His usual self. Physical but not very great otherwise. Missed a great chance which he usually buries.
Marcus Rashford: 8/10
Really positive performance from Marcus Rashford after the Young Boys game. Very positive and 2 very high quality assists.
Romelu Lukaku: 6/10
Much needed goal but nothing more than that.
Alex McCarthy: 6/10
Cedric Soares: 7/10
Yan Valery: 6/10
Jarnik Vestergaard: 7/10
Maya Yoshida: 6/10
Jack Stephens: 7/10
Mario Lemina: 8/10
Pierre Emile Hojberg: 7/10
Micheal Obafemi: 6/10
Nathan Redmond: 9/10 (MOTM)
Jose Mourinho: 0/10
Same as Pogba. Being very soft offering a 0/10.
Mark Hughes: 7.5/10
Got it spot on. But, defensive frailties let them down. Would have been 10/10 if they had won.