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Ratings: Daniel James was the Man of the Match in Southampton draw; Mason Greenwood need to play more at this level

Manchester United failed to return to winning ways against Southampton with a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon. Welshman Daniel James opened the scoring for United just ten minutes into the match with a sublime effort on goal. Jannik Vestergaard equalised in the second half before Kevin Danso was sent off.

Daniel James was the Man of the Match for me because of his hunger and desire to do everything for United. He has now scored three goals in four appearances, which is great to see after making his Premier League debut earlier this month. His growth since signing for United has been good to see. He will be a key player this season.

United really need to find a way to get things done this season or it will be frustrating for everyone other than the ABUs. As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Mason Greenwood regularly, he needs to be giving him more than ten minutes here and there. He’s clearly not ready to be the super-sub to find the goals that United need in order to win late in the game.

That will come for him in time. The pressure on his shoulders with a late substitution will do more damage than good. United need to develop his killer instinct and eye for goals, not frighten him and stunting his growth. More youth needs to be given the chance in this team this season; Angel Gomes, James Garner and Brandon Williams to name a few right now.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper did not have a lot to do in the draw against Southampton although he denied a few opportunities for the home side. However, he conceded an equaliser with United lacking creativity to double their lead, despite putting Southampton under a lot of pressure, which they weathered.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The defender underlines during each performance just why he was signed this summer. The 21-year-old won tackles and got forward a few times during the match. It is great to see him on the right and I am sure he will become a good player for the club this season. However, United need to overturn this slump in form and get back to winning ways.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swedish defender was uneasy at times against Southampton. It was not a good period for him to be like this after the club loaned Chris Smalling to Roma. Some fans are already suggesting that was a mistake, despite wanting shot of Smalling. The international break might come at the right time for him to gain some form. However, Axel Tuanzebe might get a chance against Leicester City in a fortnight.

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5 Harry Maguire

Booked in the 40th minute of the game for a challenge in Adams. Calm and composed during the game for United, something that is great to see in the defence and seeing six years of panicking. Maguire played some good passes and tried to get United forward when he could. This is a work in progress and the past six years need to be archived to allow this to progress into something worthwhile.

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18 Ashley Young

The club captain played alright against Southampton. His delivery of set-pieces was not the best, an area United need to find improvement in. Young was present in attack with United banging on the door many times to find that winning goal which did not come.

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39 Scott McTominay

The Scotland international played the assist to James, which put United ahead ten minutes into the game. McTominay also performed a good block late in the first half, denying a goalscoring opportunity. The academy graduate got involved in tackling for the ball and broke forward on occasion. He was replaced by Greenwood in the last few minutes of the match.

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6 Paul Pogba

The Frenchman was not good enough against Southampton. In order to achieve at United, as the best player on paper, he needs to be his best on the pitch. Some will suggest I hate Pogba because I am criticising him again. However, he deserves the criticism. He might be playing deeper, but he should be capable of doing that. United has, over the last three years, made many different changes to accommodate him. He needs to do more to be worthy of playing for this great club.

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15 Andreas Pereira

I don’t think he’s the player that United need to be playing on the wing. He worked hard, which is great to see but in terms of being a player worthy of playing for United, his quality is lacking a lot. He can be a squad player, but in terms of starting, he needs to find a way to raise his game.

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8 Juan Mata

The Spanish magician played some good passes against the Saints. In terms of offering what United need right now, pace, ability, calmness under pressure and the hunger and desire to achieve for this club, Mata lacks in pace. His reading of the game is needed but he would need to fit into his surroundings and with quicker players around him, he might be more of a hindrance than a help.

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21 Daniel James

The 21-year-old put United ahead in the tenth minute with a stunning finish in which the supporters started to sing; “James, James will tear you apart again” in the stands. Three goals in four appearances, two of which in front of the Stretford End. Showing signs of becoming a great player for this club. The Welshman continually threatened the Saints and had other shots on goal. He got stuck into his defensive duties also, which was great to see.

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10 Marcus Rashford

he England forward did not do his starting position justice. When Anthony Martial is injured or out of form, Rashford should be able to be relied on. However, his showed glimpses of the player he was for the most part of last season. Frustrating and unable to inspire this team. It may have been a bad day at the office but if the likes of Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong show more, he’s on the bench in this form.

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Substitutes

14 Jesse Lingard

eplaced Pereira 68'. The England forward played some good football with his running but his passing, especially final passes or shots were not good enough. Lingard may have lost his form but he continually gets picked and is still in the current England team. He is capable of things but like Nani, not often at this level. Lingard needs to work harder at perfecting his style of play which has an output. He’s nearing 27 and will be known as another player that never made the grade at this level.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Replaced Mata 68'. I would not have put Matic into this game. At the time of the substitution, I would have brought on Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Lingard to add pace to pressure Southampton. The Serbian may have experience but he’s becoming a liability. Chelsea seem to have sold him at the right time for them. Not good enough. James Garner will be better than him right now.

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26 Mason Greenwood

Replaced McTominay 82'. The 17-year-old should have been brought on much earlier in the game. Solskjaer seems to praise him for his natural finishing ability and killer instinct but when he gets 10 minutes here and there, the praise is not going to do anything than make the manager look like a hypocrite. If he’s going to be used sparingly, stop praising him in public.

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Goals: Daniel James 10′

Assists: Scott McTominay 10′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay (Greenwood 82′), Pogba; Pereira (Lingard 68′), Mata (Matic 68′), James; Rashford

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Rojo, Tuanzebe; Chong

Bookings: Kevin Danso 20′; Harry Maguire 40′

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