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January 30, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 75600‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-1 Southampton

A nervous home side survived an unbelievable second-half storm from the Saints to restore their seven-point lead at the top of the table thanks to a Wayne Rooney double

By Jack Gaughan

  • David de Gea
    16
    14
    2.50

    David de Gea

    Michael Carrick was the main culprit for the goal but De Gea did not cover himself in glory. The goalkeeper looked extremely shaky, spilling a number of shots and bringing gasps from the home supporters. Never truly looks comfortable at Old Trafford.

  • Patrice Evra
    27
    2
    4.00

    Patrice Evra

    Continues to put in performances to silence his early season detractors and was superb, often reading the game well to set United on the attack. The defender also brilliantly headed Van Persie's free kick back across goal for Rooney's second.

  • Phil Jones
    14
    6
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    By his own admission, right-back is not where Jones is best employed. He did, however, defend well and attempted to get forward as much as possible. Doesn't look the most comfortable in the final third but it isn't his fault that is what's asked of him.

  • Chris Smalling
    7
    10
    2.50

    Chris Smalling

    Had a treacherous second half after a first in which he looked decent and substituted before he could do any real damage. They were difficult circumstances, though - he won't come up against many more physical strikers than Rickie Lambert this season.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    26
    1
    3.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    Does the sensible things exceptionally well, which is why United fans feel at ease when Vidic starts at the heart of defence. Subtly talks to his younger compatriots to coach them through the game as well.

  • Anderson
    10
    12
    2.50

    Anderson Flop of the Match

    Full of running from the centre of midfield but suffers chronically from a desire to please the home crowd, often caught trying too hard if anything and giving the ball away in poor areas in a bid to start attacks quickly.

  • Michael Carrick
    8
    13
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    His backpass for Jay Rodriguez's goal in the opening moments was appalling but did recover well after that and put in his usual no-thrills but effective performance; careful in possession, but for a fleeting moment in the second half, and positionally aware.

  • Wayne Rooney
    28
    5
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney Top of the Match

    When put clean through with only the goalkeeper to beat, Rooney rarely misse, and he took his first goal with all the ease of a striker in the rich vein of form in which he finds himself. Was allowed to drift and became incredibly difficult to pick up.

  • Danny Welbeck
    10
    10
    3.50

    Danny Welbeck

    Starting wide right against an immobile Danny Fox, you perhaps would have expected Welbeck to stretch his legs more than he did. When venturing more centrally, his quick thinking undid Southampton on occasions.

  • Robin van Persie
    14
    5
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    A luxury for Van Persie as he was not the only true outlet for United. He has been the only spark in a few games this year but could afford to let messrs Rooney, Kagawa and Welbeck really damage the Saints.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    45
    1
    4.00

    Shinji Kagawa

    Showed what class he possesses on the ball for the first United goal: a delightful chipped through ball to set Rooney clear. Kagawa floated majestically around the four-pronged attack and his definite incision is important in and around the box.

Substitutions

  • Rafael
    12
    1
    3.00

    Rafael

    Has more pace than Phil Jones, hence why he was brought on to counter Adam Lallana, and did so to decent effect.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    7
    3
    2.50

    Rio Ferdinand

    Brought on to shore up the United back four but looked uncomfortable on the ball and off the pace.

  • Nani
    9
    2
    3.00

    Nani

    Should have got at the full-back more but United were on the back foot for the majority of time that he was on the pitch. Supplied Van Persie with a good cross for a missed chance.

  • Artur Boruc
    6
    1
    3.00

    Artur Boruc

    Very little that he could have done about the goals and made a couple of very good stops to keep Saints in the game at one point. Spilled one effort but was confident with his handling in general.

  • Nathaniel Clyne
    0
    1
    3.50

    Nathaniel Clyne

    Marauds forward without a care in the world and his speed is a real asset, especially away from home. Was unfortunate as not to have the cover from midfield that he deserved in the first half.

  • Maya Yoshida
    4
    1
    3.00

    Maya Yoshida

    Does look troubled with balls between him and the full-back. Did, however, stay on his feet and wasn't given the runaround that people were expecting, given that he was up against Van Persie.

  • Jos Hooiveld
    0
    3
    3.00

    Jos Hooiveld

    Imperious in the air, winning almost every headed duel and was the go-to man from set pieces for Southampton. Organised well, although may have reacted quicker to Evra's header across goal for United's second.

  • Daniel Fox
    0
    1
    2.50

    Daniel Fox

    Susceptible to pace and was lucky not to have been run at more than he was. Stood off his man in the box, scared to make a tackle. Has a good left foot but didn't utilise it.

  • Morgan Schneiderlin
    0
    1
    3.00

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    Tried to force it in the middle too much when much easier balls were on. Stupidly booked for kicking the ball away end of first half as well, indicating his frustration. Did manage to affect the game positively after the break.

  • G. Ramírez
    0
    1
    2.50

    G. Ramírez

    The game - as so often happens away from St Mary's Stadium - passed him by. Likes having time on the ball to dictate proceedings but was not given any peace and was taken off at half-time.

  • Jack Cork
    0
    1
    3.00

    Jack Cork

    Played the percentages very well in midfield, knowing that the players with added flair could hurt United more. Guilty of ball watching for Rooney's second goal but will be pleased with the shift that he put in.

  • Jason Puncheon
    0
    1
    3.00

    Jason Puncheon

    Perhaps unfairly brought off at half-time, Puncheon provided an inventive touch to the visitors, always trying to pick holes in the United back four and run beyond Rickie Lambert.

  • Rickie Lambert
    1
    1
    3.50

    Rickie Lambert

    One thing you know that Lambert will give you: a battle. The striker held his own against Vidic and Smalling, often providing Saints with a platform higher up the pitch. Had a couple of decent efforts and on another day might have scored.

  • Jay Rodriguez
    0
    1
    3.50

    Jay Rodriguez

    Proved himself a poacher in the early moments, not giving up on a Carrick back pass and beating De Gea to the ball to score. Asked to play wide, he tracked back and was strong when in possession.

Substitutions

  • Luke Shaw
    0
    1

    Luke Shaw

    Dropped to the bench but came on as a second-half substitute.

  • Steven Davis
    0
    1
    3.50

    Steven Davis

    One of the most comfortable players on the ball in the whole division, you know that Davis won't waste anything and will find his men with minimal fuss. That's what Southampton needed and he gave them a foothold in the second half.

  • Adam Lallana
    0
    1
    3.50

    Adam Lallana

    Has that bit of magic about him that makes him a wonderful player to watch. Added more energy to Saints after coming on and they always look to Lallana to produce something from nothing.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0