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Ratings: Manchester United 2-0 Southampton – Premier League 2016/17

Goals: Zlatan Ibrahimovic 36′, 52′ penalty

Assists: Wayne Rooney 36′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Fellaini, Pogba; Mata (Mkhitaryan 76′), Rooney (Smalling 89′), Martial (Herrera 82′); Ibrahimovic

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Young, Schneiderlin; Rashford

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Credit to De Gea, the command he had of his area was spectacular. He’s a unique specimen, but didn’t have anything to do today and gets the average score.

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25 Antonio Valencia

Seeing Valencia take men on again is one of the best parts of this season so far. He had a couple of nervy moments, but ultimately played very well.

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3 Eric Bailly

It was another special performance from Bailly, who cleared every last ball, won every last challenge and looked fantastic barring a couple of small errors.

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17 Daley Blind

Blind’s performance was more special than Bailly’s simply because of the nature of it. He was reputable in the air and in the challenge, clearing countless waves of Southampton attacks.

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23 Luke Shaw

Shaw is finally back to his vintage best, and his marauding runs up the wing added to his complete solidity defensively. Winning the penalty was the icing on the cake.

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27 Marouane Fellaini

Fellaini had a good game defensively but failed to win control of the midfield in the first half the way Pogba did. It was a good performance from the Belgian but United should look to play Morgan Schneiderlin instead, for tactical reasons.

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6 Paul Pogba

Pogba was narrowly the best player on the pitch with an excellent debut, showing his flair, control, physicality and putting up a clinic. He looked a bit nervy in the opening minutes but grew to the point of having total fun towards the end.

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8 Juan Mata

Mata had some neat flicks and tricks and some great passes but gave the ball away quite a bit in dangerous areas. It was a good game, though, and he deserves his place in the squad.

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Ratings: Manchester United 2-0 Southampton – Premier League 2016/17

Rooney did better today, and put in a great cross for Ibrahimovic’s goal. Herrera, Mkhitaryan and Mata showed better link-up play, but Rooney’s work rate was admirable.

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11 Anthony Martial

When United plays without any other fast players, Martial’s influence is so important to the team. All that was missing was end product.

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10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic absolutely leaped and headed home in typical fashion, meeting all the expectations of his Old Trafford debut. He fulfilled his penalty duties too, capping off a good debut.

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Substitutes

22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Replaced Juan Mata. Mkhitaryan came on and showed the glimpses of his quality both defensively and going forward. He has blistering pace, two majestic feet and absolutely dazzling technique. He has to start next week.

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21 Ander Herrera

Replaced Anthony Martial. Herrera came on and didn’t have enough time to influence the match, but he played a couple of neat passes forward to create space.

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12 Chris Smalling

Replaced Wayne Rooney. He came on very late and couldn’t influence the game, but it was good to see him.

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Written by Aaron Moniz

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