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Southampton vs. Manchester United: Live Player Ratings for Saints & Red Devils

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Ryan Giggs of Manchester United speaks with Patrice Evra during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford on April 26, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMay 11, 2014

The final day of Southampton and Manchester United's seasons takes place on the sunny south coast of England, and you'd be hard pressed to find a pair of sides who've experienced more contrasting fortunes.

The Saints marched into the campaign fuelled by three big-money signings and the retention of all their young stars. A guaranteed eighth-place finish awaits upon the final whistle—their joint-highest in the Premier League era—with Adam Lallana leading a pack of Saints players edging toward Roy Hodgson's World Cup plane.

The Red Devils, on the other hand, will limp across the finish line. David Moyes is gone, the club are reassembling and Ryan Giggs is overseeing the end to a tumultuous campaign in the Premier League.

Will Mauricio Pochettino's starlets be the latest team to outshine the old guard? Join us for live player ratings and find out.

 

Saints XI

Saints XI
PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
Boruc:GK66
Clyne:RB77
Fonte:CB76
Lovren:CB77
Shaw:LB77
Schneiderlin:DM77
Wanyama:DM66
Cork:CM77
Lallana:AMC77
Davis:CM77
Lambert: ST77
Subs
GallagherSTN/A6
JWPRMN/A6
ChambersRBN/A6
B/R UK

Boruc: Had the quietest first half of his season, looked pro-active in the second.

Clyne: Dominant on the right, had Welbeck back-pedaling all game.

Fonte: Calm on the ball, largely untroubled by Van Persie.

Lovren: Saw little of the ball and, like Fonte, went largely untroubled.

Shaw: Not as big a factor as usual, as Saints played down the right most times.

Schneiderlin: Impressive stepping forward and winning the ball high up; solid defensively, filled into gaps well.

Wanyama: Reliable defensively, but a complete liability in possession. Business as usual.

Cork: Worked to cover Shaw defensively and attack space when it opened up.

Lallana: The touch of a god, but no joy in front of goal for the England international. Standing ovation off.

Davis: Ran his heart out as usual, creating angles and covered Clyne defensively.

Lambert: Irritating to defend and bagged the opening goal with aplomb.

 

United XI

United XI
PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
De Gea:GK77
Smalling:RB56
Ferdinand:CB55
Vidic:CB66
Evra:LB66
Fletcher:CM55
Kagawa:CM55
Januzaj:RM66
Welbeck:LM77
Mata:AMC56
Van Persie:ST44
Subs
CarrickCMN/A6
HernandezSTN/A6
B/R UK

De Gea: Did well to save several Saints shots on goal, but was helpless for the opener.

Smalling: Did his best out of position, but struggled with Shaw running at him.

Ferdinand: Shambolic for the opening goal, nervous overall.

Vidic: Stronger than his partner in the air, but hardly the ideal send-off to his United career.

Evra: Got forward well but looked perturbed by Clyne's adventurous runs.

Fletcher: Struggled under furious pressure from Saints and created very little.

Kagawa: Out of position in flat central midfield and it showed; when will the Japan internationals nightmare end?

Januzaj: Ran hard, worked hard on the right, but his effort continually came to nothing in the final third.

Welbeck: Natural ability firmly on show; one of the better players in the away XI.

Mata: Looked bright early on but shrunk away quickly. Couldn't get his foot on the ball. Scored a lovely free-kick.

Van Persie: Non-existent in attack, didn't stretch for balls and didn't cause Lovren any problems.

 

 

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