Southampton 0-0 Manchester United: Red Devils stars rated and slated

first_img Phil Jones – 6 – The better of the two centre-backs and will surely partner Blind at the heart of the United defence on Wednesday. Appeared solid and gave a better account of himself than Smalling Axel Tuanzebe – 6 – Replaced by Carrick on the hour-mark despite doing little wrong. Didn’t exactly catch the eye, but Mourinho’s decision to play the defender in an unnatural midfield role was always going to be a tough ask for the 19-year-old 14 Sergio Romero – 9 – Saved Gabbiadini’s weak penalty before making a series of stunning stops to deny the Saints almost singlehandedly. There will be few opposing voices to the Argentine starting next week SUB – Marcus Rashford – N/A – Given a run out to stretch his legs, but the striker could not make an impact in the final-third during his brief cameo 14 SUB – Ander Herrera – N/A – Added a bit more fight to the United midfield in the closing stages that Fellaini surprisingly failed to bring Wayne Rooney – 5 – Started brightly but faded badly as the game wore on. Guilty of taking too much time to make a killer pass and failed to provide any real problems for the Saints defence 14 14 Eric Bailly – 7 – The Ivorian defender has occupied a right-back role in recent games to give Antonio Valencia a rest. Pacey and powerful, Bailly looked a natural in the position and will be huge miss next Wednesday 14 Marouane Fellaini – 6 – Playing alongside Tuanzebe in midfield – United could not create the chances necessary to open the Saints defence. Eventually hauled off after failing to provide his usual bite in midfield 14 14 Manchester United avoided a third straight league defeat as they held out for a goalless draw against Southampton.Sergio Romero was the star of the show for Jose Mourinho’s men as he denied the Saints time and time again in front of goal.The Red Devils starting XI was largely made up of fringe players looking to make an impression ahead of the Europa League final against Ajax.And while the result counted for little in the grand scheme of things, those who did feature will hope they have played their way into their manager’s thinking.But how did we rate their individual performances? Click the right arrow above to find out.. Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5 – Gave the ball away far too easily and failed to open up the Saints defence when given the opportunity. Frustratingly subdued on the domestic scene in recent months and looks a shadow of the player we see in the Europa League 14 Juan Mata – 6 – The playmaker was unusually sloppy in and around the box. Missed a great chance to put United ahead after being teed up by Rooney inside the penalty area. Couldn’t provide the spark United desperately craved 14 14 14 Chris Smalling – 5 – Looked shaky at the back alongside Jones. Appeared to be ill at ease with the ball at his feet made a number of individual mistakes. Likely to be among the substitutes for the clash against Ajax 14 Matteo Darmian – 6 – Offered little threat going forward as he was largely restricted to his own half. Mourinho looked eager to keep the Italian on the ball with regards to his defensive duties, having left his teammates exposed in recent weeks Anthony Martial – 6 – Showed a lack of composure when put through by Rooney in the first half. Provided glimpses of his undoubted talent with a fine solo run and strike against the post from distance. But will likely have to make do with an impact-substitute role against Ajax 14 14 SUB – Michael Carrick – 6 – Replaced Tuanzebe just after the hour-mark to provide United with a more natural midfield creator. However, the veteran found himself in a more defensive role than he would have expected last_img read more