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Tepid, Insipid, Rudderless! Match Review – Southampton Vs Manchester United.


 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Player Ratings: 

 

Manchester United

 

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.

 

Substitutes: 

 

Dalot: 6/10

Martial: 6/10

Lingard: 5/10

 

Southampton: 

 

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)

 

Managers:

 

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.

 

 

 

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