Southampton fans react on Twitter to Maya Yoshida's performance against Manchester United

Maya Yoshida and Neymar Japan Brazil

Southampton fans took to Twitter on Monday night to react to Maya Yoshida's performance in the 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United.

Southampton were unlucky to fall to a 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United on Monday night, as a brace from Robin van Persie saw Louis van Gaal’s side leapfrog the south coast outfit into third in the Premier League table.

The Dutchman took advantage of some poor defending from Jose Fonte to open the scoring in the 12th-minute, before the hosts answered back on the half-hour mark as Graziano Pelle lashed home from close range to end his six-game goal drought.

The Saints were the more dominant team on the night, firing in 15 shots compared to United’s three, but failed to finish their chances, as Van Persie delivered again 20 minutes from the end when he directed skipper Wayne Rooney’s pin-point free-kick in at the back post for what proved to be the winner.

Nevertheless, there were positives for Southampton to take from the loss, not least the performance of centre-back Maya Yoshida, who was making his first league start since September in place of the injured Toby Alderweireld.

  Total TacklesTotal ClearancesDuels WonDuel SuccessInterceptionsFoulsTotal PassesPassing AccuracyMins Played
Maya Yoshida 1 5 3 42.86% 1 1 66 89% 90

While defensive partner Fonte looked suspect on the night, the Japan international kept both Rooney and Van Persie in check for long spells, and came mightily close to scoring a fantastic goal in the second-half when he glided past Michael Carrick.

While he was understandably disappointed to suffer a third consecutive defeat, after recent losses to Manchester City and Arsenal, respectively, the former VVV-Venlo man added that the team is remaining positive amid their current slide down the table.

“Of course, after we lost two games over the past two weeks it was a really, really important game for us,” he told BBC Radio Solent Sport.

“It was a home game against a massive opponent so we’re really, really disappointed, but we still have many games in December so we’re just focused on picking up other points.

“I think we created much more chances than them,” he continued. “But we made mistakes on set pieces and that’s why they have the points now.

“If you look at the table, we are dropping but we’re staying positive and now we have to show our team spirit.”

Yoshida has been on the receiving end of some considerable criticism from Saints fan in the past, but they were quick to give credit where credit was due on Monday night, with a number of them taking to Twitter to praise his showing.

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