Normally an understudy for regular Kelvin Davis but the former Polish under 21 goalkeeper didn't let anyone down on the night as he dealt with everything comfortably and could do little about either goals.
He was never likely to emulate his third round heroics of the previous year when he scored an unlikely hat trick for Crystal Palace but he was comfortable in his work, defending well against United's forward.
Southampton's captain was composed in possession and also in his defending as he marshaled his back four well though he was badly caught out by Hernandez for the winner.
Had a first half goal disallowed after straying offside before firing home. Defensively he was solid though his failure to challenge Obertan for the goal proved costly.
Solid in his work alongside his captain at the heart of the Southampton defense though they were not overly tested on an off-night for the United attack.
The central midfielder gave an energetic and committed performance which was capped by his sumptuous first half striker which gave the home team the lead. But his influence waned as the United midfield took hold in the second half.
He was a composed figure in the Southampton central midfield as he sat deep and kept his team ticking over, though he struggled to cope once Scholes and Giggs began to work together in the second half.
The striker was always going to be Southampton's main threat and he fired a couple of early long-range efforts wide. After that he found himself starved of service and was unable to make any impression on the game.
The ex-Tottenham striker struggled as he was wasteful in possession and made little impact against the solid pairing of Evans and Smalling. Substituted in the second half for Dickson.
A solid first Manchester United start from the Danish international who could do nothing about Chaplow's thunderous striker but otherwise dealt comfortably with everything the home side threw at him.
Continues to progress following his move from Fulham and looked comfortable dealing with the big Southampton strikers. Perhaps could have tracked Chaplow better for the goal but otherwise looked solid.
United's captain for the evening was as solid as ever and was the standout performer in an inexperienced backline. Rarely troubled down the right flank, and dealt with the threat of Chamberlain well.
The more experienced of United's center back pairing but the Northern Ireland international looked the weaker of the two. Reacted slowly on Chaplow's goal but settled as the game went on.
Much like his twin brother Rafael, the Brazilian looked eager to attack down the left though he cut inside onto his right foot too often which negated his threat. Defensively looked less secure, as the goal ultimately began down his side. Substituted for Brown at half time after an injury.
The Frenchman tends to blow hot and cold and this was certainly one of his quieter displays though he still managed to make a decisive impact as he beat Harding to set up Owen for the equalizer.
A big disappointment in central midfield where he was often wasteful in possession and unable to deal with the Southampton trio. A night to forget for the Irishman who was substituted for Giggs in the second half.
Once against showed real moments of quality on the ball as his trusty radar once again saw most of his passes reach their targets as he pulled the strings from his customary holding midfield role and took control of proceedings in a dominant second half display.
Failed to stamp his authority on the game as Southampton closed him quickly and refused him time on the ball which he so often craves. A frustrating evening for the Brazilian who was subbed midway through the second half for Nani.
Scored the decisive goal with a typically accomplished finish which has been the hallmark of his early days at United. He was starved of service for much of the game, but still troubled the Southampton defense with his pace and movement.
Operated in a deeper role than normal and he linked the play well and showed his predatory instincts were still intact with a typically well judged header from close range. He certainly has given Ferguson food for thought.
- K. Davis
- F. Richardson
- A. Martin
Substituted for Barnard in the second half with devastating results as his wayward pass gifted Giggs the ball in the Southampton half from which he set up Hernandez to score.
Introduced for Chaplow in the 84th minute but made little difference.
Brought on late for Guly but made little impact.
- R. Doble
- T. Kuszczak
Introduced at half time for Fabio and he gave a solid second half performance at right back.
Along with Giggs he helped United turn around a deficit into a victory as his pace, trickery and energy posed the home defense plenty of problems late into the second half.
Changed the game when he came on in the second half. Immediately made United far more incisive in possession and showed glimpses of his dribbling ability by taking on players frequently. At 37 he is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down yet.
- D. Berbatov
- W. Rooney