Who was United's Man of the Match at St Mary's?

Saturday 27 August 2022 16:22

Manchester United's first clean sheet of the season appears to have had a bearing on the outcome of our Man of the Match poll.

The players had to roll up their sleeves to take all three points, particularly in the second half when a south-coast storm had to be weathered as Southampton pressed hard for an equaliser that ultimately never came.

The fact that the Saints were unable to breach the Reds' rearguard meant Bruno Fernandes's 55th-minute strike, from Diogo Dalot's deadly accurate cut-back, was the only goal of the game as Erik ten Hag's men triumphed 1-0. 

But while that decisive act naturally meant Fernandes figured in fans' thoughts when it came to voting in the United App, the Portuguese magnifico had to settle for second place behind a new team-mate who already seems to have become a firm friend.

Who was your United Man of the Match v Southampton?poll

Who was your United Man of the Match v Southampton?

For the second successive game, Lisandro Martinez - or 'Licha' as Fernandes referred to him - was voted Man of the Match by United supporters.

The Argentinian centre-back turned in another solid display, making key interceptions, heading crosses away and getting in some of those trademark blocks to frustrate the likes of Che Adams, Adam Armstrong and his substitute namesake Stuart Armstrong.

Martinez followed up his poll success against Liverpool by gleaning 44 per cent of votes cast for the Southampton game, while Fernandes was further back on 27 per cent. 

David De Gea's role in shutting out the Saints was also acknowledged. The Spaniard was the third most popular pick for our supporters, who no doubt had in mind his point-blank save to prevent Joe Aribo's header wiping out United's hard-earned advantage.
Dalot was only just behind De Gea, with six per cent to the goalkeeper's seven, as his contributions to the cause included that fine assist for Fernandes, his fellow countryman.

Congratulations to Lisandro on being named Man of the Match again, and thanks to everyone who voted.


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