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September 2, 2012 4:00 PM BST
St. Mary's Stadium — Southampton, Hampshire
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 31609‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Southampton 2-3 Manchester United

Robin van Persie is spared his blushes after embarrassing penalty miss is superseded by two late, clinical sides that save the Red Devils from brink

By Josh Clarke

  • Kelvin Davis
    30
    28
    2.50

    Kelvin Davis

    Eventually lost out in his battle with Van Persie, after saving the Dutchman's penalty only to concede an unlikely late equaliser and an even more unlikely winner just after. Dodgy passing out put his team at risk too many times.

  • Daniel Fox
    36
    16
    3.50

    Daniel Fox

    Never allowed Valencia to build up too much speed and consequently negated what looked like United's best outlet in the first half. A sturdy game that saw him rarely beaten one-on-one or fazed by United's triple attacking substitution.

  • Jos Hooiveld
    21
    24
    2.00

    Jos Hooiveld

    Rush of blood to the head saw him give away the penalty that almost granted United a second equaliser. Dealt well with all that the visitors' presented him until capitulating late on.

  • Jose Rocha Fonte
    32
    19
    3.50

    Jose Rocha Fonte

    Faced a barrage of movement in front of him and became accustomed to the challenge as time grew on. A massive performance in the heart of the home defence that was unlucky to crumble late on.

  • Nathaniel Clyne
    39
    17
    3.00

    Nathaniel Clyne

    The full-back was long linked with a move to United and showed why with an effective performance. Though his slip allowed Van Persie the time to score in the first half, he rendered Welbeck impotent for the whole time the England striker was on the field.

  • Adam Lallana
    48
    13
    4.00

    Adam Lallana

    Flashes here and there showed why he is his team's captain. Ghosted in from the right to present United with difficulties that they failed to fully work out in the second half.

  • Jason Puncheon
    43
    12
    3.50

    Jason Puncheon

    Fantastic technique and ball in for Lambert's goal and was a regular danger out of the left winger. Was inventive going forward but also functional in his team's defensive endeavours.

  • James Ward-Prowse
    32
    15
    3.50

    James Ward-Prowse

    Mature display that belied his years as he came to grips with a midfield battle that he looked sure to lose after the opening 20 minutes. Did a lot of his work in a deeper lying position but drove forward with intent when called upon.

  • Morgan Schneiderlin
    44
    17
    4.00

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    His doggedness in midfield led to side's opener and throughout he constantly unsettled his opponents. Turned up late in the box at the crucial moment to give his side an unlikely 2-1 lead.

  • Steven Davis
    30
    19
    3.00

    Steven Davis

    Quietly assured in the middle of the park without lighting any fireworks. Will rightly be happy with a day's work that often saw him out-think United's slightly more naive midfielders.

  • Rickie Lambert
    61
    14
    4.00

    Rickie Lambert

    Cleverly peeled onto Rafael at the back post to power home the game's opener. Was the clear danger man, with a shrewd and wily performance. Turned creator for his side's second goal, capping off a display brimming with variety.

Substitutions

  • Guilherme Do Prado
    15
    22
    2.50

    Guilherme Do Prado

    Brought on as fresh legs but saw the tide turn against his team after his introduction.

  • Jay Rodriguez
    14
    24
    2.50

    Jay Rodriguez

    Much the same as his fellow substitution. After being brought on, his side were robbed of their momentum.

  • Anders Lindegaard
    113
    60
    3.00

    Anders Lindegaard

    Given a rare start after David De Gea was dropped to the bench but found himself let down by his full-backs and their respective back-post slips which led to Saints goals. Made a sharp stop to deny Puncheon further extending the lead.

  • Rafael
    100
    114
    2.00

    Rafael Flop of the Match

    Was the clear target of Nigel Adkins' ploy to isolate United's full-backs with crosses into the far post and was consequently towered over by Rickie Lambert for the opener. Got forward with drive whenever possible, but question marks still remain over the defensive side of his game.

  • Patrice Evra
    55
    106
    2.50

    Patrice Evra

    A good deal of the Saints threat came down his side and though he never looked like being beaten one-on-one his slip at the far post for Schneiderlin's goal should have been costly.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    123
    34
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    First start of the season and defended in his typically relaxed style. However, the physicality of Lambert and movement of Lallana and Puncheon caused him all manner of difficulties. Late header that came off the post into the path of Van Persie for the second equaliser proved decisive.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    109
    51
    2.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    Looked unsettled by the aggressive approach adopted by Lambert and too often gave away fouls when it simply wasn't necessary. The defensive stability supposed to be brought about by his pairing with Ferdinand was desperately absent.

  • Antonio Valencia
    115
    40
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Despite providing his side with out-and-out width that looked their most threatening outlet, the winger never saw enough of the ball to be a constant menace.

  • Michael Carrick
    81
    70
    2.50

    Michael Carrick

    Was content to sit deep and feed the ball to the array of attacking midfielders ahead of him yet waned in influence as Southampton pressed higher up the pitch in the second half.

  • Tom Cleverley
    76
    88
    2.00

    Tom Cleverley

    Really struggled to impose himself on the game as the opposition fully turned the tables on United's early midfield domination. Anonymous in the second half.

  • Danny Welbeck
    57
    115
    2.50

    Danny Welbeck

    Looked isolated out on left in first half, often coming infield to hunt for the ball with little success. Scant opportunity to run in behind the opposition defence robbed him of his effectiveness

  • Robin van Persie
    324
    53
    5.00

    Robin van Persie Top of the Match

    Turned from villain to hero in around 20 minutes after it looked as if his overly-confident penalty had robbed his side of their chance to get back into the game. However, a match winning hat-trick proved that the striker is the world class finisher that United need.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    170
    60
    3.00

    Shinji Kagawa

    Often got himself into promising positions and worked intelligently off the ball but found genuine incision hard to come by as his side pushed forward.

Substitutions

  • Nani
    167
    42
    3.00

    Nani

    Helped shift the impetus to United after his introduction.

  • Paul Scholes
    239
    13
    3.50

    Paul Scholes

    Almost slotted Van Persie in the second after being brought on and calmed the side down with his presence.

  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
    164
    39
    2.50

    Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

    Had little opportunity to effect the game in the way he wanted as Van Persie stole the show

Results
 
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