Manchester United have done the double on Southampton this season, thumping the Saints for nine at Old Trafford, making it their biggest win in 26 years.
In an all-round fantastic team performance, the Red Devils delivered a five star performance after their recent 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal.
David De Gea: 8/10 - The keeper didn’t have much to do all night after Southampton couldn’t get out of their own half all game after their early red card. The United keeper didn’t make any spectacular saves but was protected well by the back line of Man United. Although the keeper could have done better on the Che Adams finish which was adjudged to be offside moments later. The attacking threat of United played well into the hands of David De Gea on the night with a welcome clean sheet at home for the number 1.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 9/10 - The right back was instrumental for Man United all night, taking up attacking positions in the wide areas and getting his reward with a goal assisted by Luke Shaw. He was the provider of good quality into the Southampton box all evening on the right, causing chaos for their defence.
Victor Lindelof: 7.5/10 - Lindelof had a quiet game but was central to the cohesion of the back line. Almost the player who looked out for the dangers of Southampton who didn’t provide much upfront. He had a stable game and will be looking to build on his performance in the next few games, his partnership with Harry Maguire heading in the right direction after there were calls for Eric Bailly to take his place based on his recent performances.
Harry Maguire: 8/10 – Pushing forward when necessary to find the gaps, Maguire had a calm 90 minutes in a great deal of action all over the pitch. Behind Scott McTominay and Fred he gave plenty of cover and was helped with the loss of a Southampton man. Maguire’s form has improved drastically in recent months as he looks back to his best alongside another player who has improved technically in Luke Shaw.
Luke Shaw: 10/10 - Luke Shaw was devastating all game, the left back is having the season of his life with much-improved performances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently. Luke Shaw created two assists in 90 minutes, his cross pitch perfect for Edinson Cavani’s goal. Luke Shaw has transformed his game pushing forward at all opportunities and giving the attackers options to exploit pockets of space at ease. The best player on the pitch by far against Southampton and will surely be a regular in Solskjaer’s plans for the rest of the season.
Scott McTominay 8/10 - McTominay was one of a few reserved players amongst the group. His job was to break up and neutralise any Southampton play which was invincible. He worked well with Bruno Fernandes, who was influential in the centre of the park. McTominay got on the scoresheet which was a bonus for his confidence but was lucky to have escaped injury from the tackle by Alex Jankewitz. Solskjaer will be relieved he was not badly injured. McTominay will have better days and is fundamental to Solskjaer’s midfield options.
Fred 7.5/10 - A versatile player with plenty of pace, he was neat in his passing range not giving anything away. Linking up well with Fernandes he put in a good shift as United’s attacking force ripped Southampton to shreds. A player who often goes under the radar, the Brazilian is a consistent performer in the team supplying the target men regularly during games. When called upon he hardly disappoints.
Marcus Rashford 8/10 – Rashford was clinical with United’s second goal after a good cut back by Mason Greenwood in the 25th minute. Another great effort from the United starlet and national inspiration, who took his goal nicely slotting home from close range to no mistake. He was accompanied by great quality during the game as the goals were shared all over the team. The United striker more than happy to help when called upon, a team player whom everyone loves.
Bruno Fernandes 9/10 – Fernandes was supplier once again assisting for two of United’s goals and was lively all game taking up great positions outside the box. He finished off the game with a goal from the penalty spot sending Alex McCarthy the wrong way. His conversion rate from the spot has been important for United in the league in picking up points. The Portuguese looks the real deal and will be pivotal for United’s title hopes as he won Man of the Match on the night.
Mason Greenwood 8/10 – It was Greenwood's build up play on the right which led to Scott McTominay’s low range drive on goal which registered United’s seventh goal on the night. The young talent was a handful cutting onto his left foot, often on the inside getting several shots away on Southampton's goal. Bringing a direct dynamic to the game he brought a great deal of composure and energy during the 90 minutes.
Edinson Cavani 8/10 – The exciting number 7 veteran took his goal sublimely with an assist from Luke Shaw’s dangerous left foot from the left hand side. Finding himself in good form once again he worked very hard, always an aerial threat on his day, and a handful for the Southampton defenders. Cavani’s height brings about a different kind of threat for oppositions and is often unplayable.
8️⃣3️⃣ special moment for me as a boyhood United fan, passing King Eric’s record. Loved it out there tonight, great team performance ♥️ pic.twitter.com/lhsuqCUEqU— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) February 2, 2021
Donny Van De Beek 8.5/10 - Making an instant impact off the bench he proved to be a breath of fresh air in United ranks as they were flying. Although not used much under Solksjaer in league games since joining, his performance will have put him into the good books of Solskjaer who asks for intensity every game. Having played regular cup games, he has already shown Solskjaer his potential in matches.
Anthony Martial 8/10 – Two well taken goals from Martial gave him a brace in the contest at Old Trafford. He was brought down for a penalty which showed his eagerness to get into dangerous areas. Often criticised for his work rate he proved many doubters wrong on the night with his two goals and could have had a hat-trick. His double was the nail in the coffin as far as Southampton were concerned.
Daniel James 8/10 – James finished off a perfect night for United breaking a record for the club, their biggest win in 26 years. His close range header assisted by Fernandes gave United a remarkable win at Old Trafford, with the highly rated winger making sure he played an inaugural part in the success on the night and finished proceedings in style.