Goals: Robin Van Persie (26'), Dejan Lovren (88').
|Player||Half-time Rating||Full-time Rating|
|David De Gea||7||7|
|Marouane Fellaini (subbed 76')||6||6|
|Nani (subbed 68')||6||6|
|Wayne Rooney (subbed 86')||6||7|
|Robin Van Persie||8||7|
|Ryan Giggs (on 68')||N/A||7|
|Danny Welbeck (on 76')||N/A||5|
|Chris Smalling (on 86')||N/A||6|
David De Gea: The Spaniard looked comfortable in goal throughout the first-half. While Southampton's best chance through Dani Osvaldo may have been relatively tame, De Gea was quick to smother the ball.
Patrice Evra: The Frenchman has been forced to work hard in his own half rather than bomb on to attack his opponent's right flank, but he has fulfilled his defensive duties diligently.
Jonny Evans: A more measured presence in United's backline, who has so far remained composed and aware in the middle.
Phil Jones: While Jones may have skirted the line between robust play and fouling, as the more energetic of United's two central defenders, he has coped well with the work rate of Southampton's attackers and creative players. He must ensure he doesn't become clumsy in the second half however.
Rafael: A relatively quiet half for the full-back, who like Evra has done more to protect his team than push forwards. So far, so good, but the Brazilian will likely look to impose himself more after half-time.
Marouane Fellaini: The Belgian may not be fully fit but he has so far been a useful irritant in midfield, breaking down play and cutting out passes to feed him teammates on the counter.
Michael Carrick: Another quiet yet assured performance in the first-half. Didn't really do too much wrong and coped well with the pressure placed upon him.
Adnan Januzaj: United's live wire. Full of confidence and intent, the youngster showed no fear as he constantly looked to beat his marker and take on defenders. His dribbles didn't always come off, but should he continue to get at Southampton, chances could be created in the second half.
Nani: The Portuguese is yet to fully come alive, but with Southampton refusing to sit back against United, he has had plenty to contend with down the right.
Wayne Rooney: The Englishman has got around the field well to help United tighten their grip in possession but will need to continue his efforts and improve in the second-half to ensure the result is confirmed.
Robin Van Persie: United's goalscorer has given his team an instant lift, and will be looking to add another strike or two in the second-half is possible.
David De Gea: Withstood some serious pressure at times in the second-half to keep United in the game. One particular shot from a Luke Shaw free-kick was memorable.
Patrice Evra: United's left-back offered more going forward after half-time, but still remained conservative at the back which proved a smart move as the Saints pushed on.
Jonny Evans: Another smart 45 minutes in the second-half but perhaps lacks the commanding presence to reign Jones in.
Phil Jones: His all-action stylings in the first half made way to a number of costly errors in the second. The defender conceded the corner from which Southampton equalised, and was always at fault for the goal itself, switching off as Lovern ran from behind him into space at the far post.
Rafael: The Brazilian dug deep in the second-half to harass his opponents as well as drive forward, helping to give his team an outlet while cutting out potential threats. He even took out Victor Wanyama in the centre of the field to prevent a decisive break away for the visitors. One of United's better players on the day.
Marouane Fellaini: Put himself about well for a half-fit player but failed to bring in the energy that his team needed through the middle in the second-half. Subbed for Danny Welbeck at 76 minutes in.
Michael Carrick: Quiet again, but perhaps too quiet. The midfielder did his work without too much fuss but United needed more energy and direction in the middle. Mentality and influence remain an issue regardless of his ball retention abilities.
Adnan Januzaj: Not only was the youngster his side's brightest attacking start again in the second-half but also one of their hardest working and most committed defenders, constantly looking to win back possession and pressure opponents. Arguably Man of the Match.
Nani: Struggled to impose his class on the game as more physical threats dominated proceedings. Subbed for Ryan Giggs on the 68 minute mark.
Wayne Rooney: Solid if unspectacular, Rooney was a useful foil for Van Persie. Tellingly, United lost their grip after he left the field, with his extra work off the ball, and dropping deep, was missed in his absence. Subbed off for Chris Smalling on 86 minutes.
Robin Van Persie: Posed a threat that helped to keep Southampton at bay but he was largely ineffectual due to the lack of good service, shutdown by Southampton's pressing.
Ryan Giggs: The veteran midfielder was muscled off the ball a couple of times but was intelligent in possession and smart with his use of the ball, especially when outside the box.
Danny Welbeck: Welbeck could have been United's match winner, with his strength, pace and determination setting him free to attack the Saints' goal late-on, but his lack of of composure once again saw that he fluffed his lines when it mattered.
Chris Smalling: The versatile defender had very little time to have any effect on the game after being brought on for Wayne Rooney.