Southampton player ratings v Manchester United: Midfield duo the silver linings

Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action with Southampton's Jordy Clasie

Southampton fell to a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Friday night.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action with Southampton's Jordy Clasie

Fraser Forster 6.5/10 - Forster could not be blamed for either of Manchester United's goals, and showed his frustration as he lashed the ball into the crowd late in the game.

Cedric Soares 6.5/10 - Southampton's attacking right-back started well as it looked like there was something in the game for the Saints, but was forced further and further back as United began to dominate.

Jose Fonte 6/10 - Linked with United earlier in the week, the Portuguese defender could not live with the power of Ibrahimovic and was easily out-jumped when the Swede headed home the first goal.

Virgil Van Dijk 6.5/10 - Van Dijk was another frustrated figure, and tried to force the issue with some bursting runs from the back but to no avail.

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk reacts as Manchester United's Daley Blind looks on

Matt Targett 5/10 - A horrible night for the young left-back. Targett was caught out of position way too frequently, and was nowhere to be seen as Rooney crossed for Ibrahimovic for the opener. Targett's delivery also left a lot to be desired.

Oriol Romeu n/a - Romeu was deployed at the base of Claude Puel's diamond, but his evening was cut short when injury forced him off after 12 minutes.

Steven Davis 6.5/10 - The Northern Irishman did his best but could not stop Pogba dominating the midfield. He also had to bail out Targett and saved what looked like a potential goal for Mourinho's men.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 7/10 - The 21-year-old was a shining light for Southampton, and used the ball well. Once he fully adapts to the Premier League, Hojbjerg could prove to be a very good signing for the Saints.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action with Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Dusan Tadic 7/10 - The other positive for Southampton. Dusan Tadic constantly looked to create things for his side, and had a goal correctly disallowed for offside.

Shane Long 6/10 - Long had Southampton's best chance, but rushed to take the shot on and squandered a golden opportunity to put his team in front.

Nathan Redmond 6.5/10 - After an impressive debut, Redmond started brightly by picking up some good positions and threatening in behind. As the game went on, Redmond's decision-making got worse and he became much less of a threat.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action with Southampton's Nathan Redmond


Jordy Clasie (Romeu 12) 5/10 - The Dutchman was brought on early to replace the injured Romeu, but had a night to forget. Clasie gave away a penalty which allowed United to go 2-0 up, just as Southampton looked as if they were getting back into the game.

Charlie Austin (Davis 67) 6/10 - Austin was brought on to add firepower to Southampton, but was given zero service and consequently had no impact on proceedings.

Jay Rodriguez (Long 84) n/a/10 - The forward did not have enough time to make an impact.

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