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Manchester United vs Southampton: Player ratings

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Manchester United's recent unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Southampton this evening as Dusan Tadic scored the only goal of the game at Old Trafford in a fine win for Ronald Koeman's side. 

In quite the tactical game, United failed to produce a shot on target as the Southampton back-line proved heroic throughout. 

Despite the likes of Robin van Persie, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Co. in Louis van Gaal's starting XI, United failed to break down the Saints. 

Southampton, though, were deserving victors as Tadic slotted home after Graziano Pelle hit the post. In truth, despite United pressing towards the end of the game, Koeman's side looked comfortable as they secured a clean sheet and ultimately the three points at the Theatre of Dreams. 

After recording the three points, the Saints have now moved up into third place in the Premier League table - above United. 

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Starting XI:

David de Gea: 6 

In truth, the Spaniard had little to do throughout the proceedings, but was unable to keep out Tadic's goal after the ball rebounded back off the post. 

Antonio Valencia: 6

Playing at wing-back, Valencia offered the side a great deal of pace down the right hand side, but failed on occasions with the final ball. 

Chris Smalling: 5

Endured a tricky time next to Phil Jones at the heart of Manchester United's back-four. The England international always appears to be prone to a mistake. 

Phil Jones: 6

Jones didn't do a great deal wrong and provided an outlet at times when United needed someone to drive forward with the ball from the back. 

Daley Blind: 6

United's versatile Dutchman appeared to be slightly off the pace in his first game for United after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Put in a couple of decent balls into the box, however. 

Luke Shaw: 4

Shaw had a day to forget against his former side as he failed to make his mark on the game. His first touch didn't appear to be up to scratch and was ultimately withdrawn in the second half.

Michael Carrick: 5

Carrick struggled to control the game in the middle of the park and was often limited when attempting to play the ball forward. 

Wayne Rooney: 6

Wayne Rooney, despite running himself into the ground, didn't have his best game for the Red Devils. He struggled to make an impact in a quiet performance. 

Juan Mata: 4

Missed some glorious opportunities as Manchester United searched for an equaliser. The Spaniard really struggled against a physical Southampton side.  

Angel di Maria: 4 

Making his first start since returning from injury, the Argentine looked way off the pace as he failed to get in behind the Southampton back-four. 

Robin van Persie: 4 

Van Persie was a frustrated figure in attack in what proved to be a difficult day for the Dutchman. Often left isolated as he failed to threaten the Southampton goal. 

Subs:

Tyler Blackett: 5

Slotted in well down the left hand side, but failed to make any kind of impact going forward. 

Ander Herrera: 5

Much like the rest of the Manchester United midfield, Ander Herrera was unable to get to grips with the battle in the middle of the park. 

Marouane Fellaini: 6 

Provided a good outlet for the Red Devils as he went up top alongside Wayne Rooney. 

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