Man United player ratings vs Southampton: Inspired Edinson Cavani leads Reds’ stunning comeback

Manchester United travelled to the South Coast earlier this afternoon to face-off against the in-form Southampton in a game which dramatically ended 2-3.

Two stunning set pieces from midfielder James Ward-Prowse helped gift the Saints with an early 2-0 lead, but an inspired second-half appearance from new-striker Edinson Cavani ensured the Reds took all three-points.

In light of today’s game, we have rated every United player who featured.

David De Gea

United’s number-one saw his goal come under fire during a first-half which saw Jan Bednarek score from a corner and James Ward-Prowse curl home a perfect free-kick.

Clattered into the post whilst trying to save Ward-Prowse’s free-kick and consequently forced off through injury at half-time for Dean Henderson.

Rating: 2/10

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Not much the right-back could have done to prevent Southampton’s two goals during the first-half but Saints’ winger Moussa Djenpo did cause him problems all afternoon.

Wan-Bissaka did look fairly competent throughout when going forward though.

Rating: 6/10

Victor Lindelof

Looked weak in defence throughout the first-half but did make a handful of key recovery passes throughout the second 45-minutes..

Rating: 6/10

Harry Maguire

Pulled all over the place during the first-half but looked much improved during the second-half.

Judged when to cover and when to step forward to break-up play well.

Rating: 6/10

Alex Telles

Whipped in several good looking balls but wasn’t the most commanding at the back.

United’s new attacking left-back still has some way to go before he can consider his position nailed down.

Subbed off late on for Brandon Williams.

Rating: 5/10

Nemanja Matic

Industrious in the middle, tried to use his physicality to break Southampton’s midfield up but was visibly slow.

The Serbian defensive midfielder did grow into the game better during the second-half as he was afforded more time to control proceedings from deep.

Rating: 6/10


Won possession back several times but failed to offer much in the way in creativity going forward. United’s Brazilian was the culprit for giving away a foolish free-kick which lead to Saints’ second.

Fred went some way to making up for his first-half mistake during the second-half after the midfielder played an important part in winning the ball back which lead to Fernandes’ goal.

Rating: 7/10

Donny van de Beek

United’s best player throughout the first-half. Kept possession well, found space even better and always looked to go forward.

Faded from the game slightly during the second-half but nevertheless, it’s going to be tough for his manager to demote him back to the bench again.

Rating: 7/10

Bruno Fernandes

Didn’t go the Portuguese Magnifico’s way during the first-half. Struggled with Southampton’s physical midfield and was frequently out muscled in the middle of the park.

United’s star hit the post and then failed to beat Saints’ keeper Alex McCarthy from a couple of yards out just minutes later.

United’s number-18 was the catalyst behind the Reds’ comeback after getting on the end of a decent ball in from Cavani.

Rating: 8/10

Mason Greenwood

Awful first-half. Missed a sitter when faced with a one-on-one situation.

Hauled off at half-time for Edinson Cavani.

Rating: 2/10

Marcus Rashford

United’s number-10 had a poor game overall. Invisible during the first-half but did play a brilliant ball into Cavani who went onto complete the Reds’ comeback.

Rating: 4/10


Dean Henderson

Came on for an injured De Gea at half-time.

Made several saves early into the second-half, the Reds’ 23-year-old didn’t look out of place at all.

Rating: 7/10

Edinson Cavani

Came on at half-time for Greenwood.

Made a huge difference in the second-half. The 33-year-old set team-mate Fernandes up in the 60th-minute to make the score 2-1 and levelled the game up at 2-2 not long after with a great header.

Cavani’s greatest contribution came just minutes from the end though after the South American completed a stunning second-half brace to sink the Saints.

Brilliant from the El Matador.

Rating: 9/10

Brandon Williams

Came on in place of Telles during the 84th-minute.

The young Englishman was involved for less than 10-minutes, it would be unfair to rate him.

Rating: N/A

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