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Ratings: Romero the man with save after save for the Argentinian

Manchester United drew 0-0 with Southampton at St Mary’s in the Premier League on Wednesday evening, a week away from their all-important UEFA Europa League final against Ajax in Sweden. It was another tough match for United, who had a few chances throughout the match, but nothing that was going to threaten their opposition. Southampton had many chances too, but United were too good defensively especially with Man of the Match Sergio Romero showing his class and thwarting some good chances from the home side. Jose Mourinho seems to have made the right choice so far with the Argentinian in that he will be starting in a weeks time in Sweden with United contesting the only trophy they have not won in their trophy-laden history and more importantly a place in the UEFA Champions League next season.

United need to find some better form, or their season could be over with nothing to show for it and all to look back in anger about. United owe it to the fans, the manager and their teammates to beat Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday, returning to winning ways ahead of the UEFA Europa League final.

Manchester United: Romero; Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Darmian; Tuanzebe (Carrick 64′), Fellaini; Mata (Rashford 69′), Rooney, Mkhitaryan; Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Pereira; Mitchell; Lingard, McTominay

Bookings: Phil Jones 51′

Manchester United

22 Sergio Romero

Man of the Match for me. Saved the early penalty and performed to the best of his abilities whenever United were threatened. Number one for the club if De Gea leaves.

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3 Eric Bailly

Gave away a penalty early doors, but seemed to recover. The Ivorian showed just how much he will be missed in a weeks time. Playing in the right-back position, Bailly got forward on the attack many times, almost got himself a credible shot, too.

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12 Chris Smalling

Did little wrong against Southampton, but overall this season he has been a massive let down. Mourinho needs to clear the deadwood and he could be one of the names out of the door.

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4 Phil Jones

Put in a good game against Southampton. I'd like to see him remain at the club, for another season at least. There is something about him that makes me think he could be a player that could do some good at the club. Put himself on the line a few times tonight. Kudos.

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36 Matteo Darmian

Offered very little as an attacking threat and seemed to be more in danger defending. Not sure the Italian is the answer to anything at United as despite his great start last season, he's been a let down too.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

Impressed with young Tuanzebe this evening. Played out of position again, but did his job in front of the back four.

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27 Marouane Fellaini

Failed to command the midfield and was pushed back in a deeper role with Southampton pushing forward. Lack of impetus in midfield means United have to play the defending game. They did well tonight, but against a better attacking team, it will cost them.

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8 Juan Mata

Not all that impressed with Mata this evening, did little in a threatening nature in an attacking position. Playing with Rooney seems to have cost him his form. Not sure he will be a starter in a week, but he might have another match to redeem himself.

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Ratings: Romero the man with save after save for the Argentinian

Played two good through balls into Martial and Mkhitaryan, which should have had much better finishing. Not sure he knew he was still playing in the second half though. His eye for a goal seems to be blind, not taking chances he would have scored a few years back.

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22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Needs to show the Mkhitaryan who stood up earlier in the season. Gave the ball away too easily. Did not pressure the Southampton defence. For an attacking player, he did too little.

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11 Anthony Martial

Should have scored from Rooney's through ball, but failed to cause a dent. Seemed to play better in the second half. Defensively he was poor and put Romero into a spot of danger a few times; one error caused Jones to be booked.

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Substitutes

16 Michael Carrick

Replaced Tuanzebe. Added more impetus in midfield, adding some control and composure to the game.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Mata. Provided some life in the attack, but still could not do anything for United.

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21 Ander Herrera

Replaced Fellaini. Added some energy into the midfield, could do little else with United being pushed back deep into their own half for much of the second half.

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