Ratings: Manchester United players are happy to be paid but not happy to perform; what a shambles

Manchester United drew 2-2 with Southampton at St Mary’s in the Premier League. United were 2-0 down by the time the 20th minute with Stuart Armstrong scoring in the 13th minute and Cedric Spares scoring a sublime free-kick seven minutes later. United got a goal back through Romelu Lukaku in the 33rd minute with Ander Herrera equalising in the 39th minute. It was another poor showing for United.

The club is slipping even further into a shambles – as if that was at all possible. Going 2-0 down to Southampton is the latest in a long line of embarrassment since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson just over five and a half years ago. I’m not sure these players are up for the fight and seemingly happy to just plod through matches, banking their money every week. There seems to be no accountability on any of these players, it all seems to be on the manager, unless United win, then that is on the players.

This season is really showing the problems at the club. The manager is out of his depth, but the players, the hierarchy, the board and the owners have all contributed to that as well. There is nothing to brag about as a United supporter anymore. The history of the club is not something that you want to link to the current state of the team. United had a World Cup-winning midfielder in their team against Southampton and he could not keep possession of the ball and seemed to happily pass the ball to his opposition.

I am not sure where it all goes from here. United had yet another opportunity to gain some ground on those ahead of them in the Premier League table. On Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur entertains Arsenal and Liverpool host Everton. Two of those teams could be the losers or all could drop points. That did not seem to be on the minds of this United team against Southampton, which is a shocking state of affairs. These players do not care about the club, the fans or their manager, just the money…

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

There will come a day that De Gea walks away from this club feeling let down. That day could be today. Now stuck here until the summer of 2020 with nothing to look forward to, unless the owners start strengthening the club instead of their own finances.


18 Ashley Young

Needs to play as a winger or be the second-choice fullback on the bench. It was a poor game for all. Can't fault his passion though.


31 Nemanja Matic

Needs a rest. He's not going to last this season if he does not get rested. He was exposed at times. Mourinho needs to stop relying on him, time after time.


4 Phil Jones

The only central defender in a three-at-the-back formation, which is terrible. Granted injuries and a lack of fitness gave little opportunity for anything else. He was a stand out player though. Not good being one of the best of a bad bunch.


39 Scott McTominay

McTalentless? Not a defender and does not seem to have what it takes to be a midfielder. I don't like writing off players but there is better than him at this club. Could have easily seen a red card today.


23 Luke Shaw

Came off injured late in the second half. Defensively he was fine but needs to do more going forward as the only width this United side has is from the fullbacks.


21 Ander Herrera

Scored the equaliser. His defensive astuteness was not the best, however, he was good going forward.


27 Marouane Fellaini

Had an opportunity with a header, which was not the best. Failed to get stuck into this game, after making the headlines with his last-ditch goal in the last.


6 Paul Pogba

A shocking display. How he managed to remain on the pitch beats me. United cannot be happy with the investment they put on this whopper. Gave away pass after pass. Does not look like he's 'home' or playing for a club he wanted to 'achieve things with'.


9 Romelu Lukaku

Scored United's first goal after a 982 minute goal drought. Managed to injure himself after tripping over the ball. Not sure what to say about that.


10 Marcus Rashford

The 20-year-old failed to take his chances but inspired a first half comeback against Southampton, assisting both goals for Lukaku and Herrera. Should have maybe stayed on the pitch .



20 Diogo Dalot

Replaced Shaw 73'. Made his Premier League debut. Should have maybe started. Had little impact.


11 Anthony Martial

Replaced Rashford 77'. Got involved in the game and won a free-kick but nothing came from his introduction.


14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Lukaku 86'. Too late to get involved in the game.


Goals: Stuart Armstrong 13′, Cedric Soares 20′; Romelu Lukaku 33′, Ander Herrera 39′

Assists: Michael Obafemi 13′; Marcus Rashford 33′, 39′

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Jones, McTominay, Shaw (Dalot 73′); Herrera, Matic, Fellaini; Pogba; Lukaku (Lingard 86′), Rashford (Martial 77′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Rojo, Mata, Fred

Bookings: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg35′, Mario Lemina 55′, Yannik Vestergaard 59′; Marcus Rashford 18′, Marouane Fellaini 35′, Paul Pogba 54′, Ashley Young 90+3′

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