Manager, Goalkeeper and Defenders
Ralph Hasenhuttl, Manager – 5
The depth of the squad has forced the Saints’ manager into some tough decisions and we will see how he handles this long term. Today he played a lineup no one would have predicted and didn’t get the result with his team losing another lead. Will he ever figure out how and when to use his bench? Djenepo looked gassed, but remained on the pitch and Walcott should have been substituted 15 minutes before he was.
Alex McCarthy, Goalkeeper – 5
Snatched a driven Townsend cross and gathered a strike from Allan to calm his nerves. Hesitated on the Richarlson goal, but probably should have just gone straight to the Everton attacker. Caught and punched the ball well on a number of corners and it’s tough to say he should have saved Doucoure’s match winner. Beaten three times and not taking command of his box will have many calling for Forster against United.
Romain Perraud, Left-Back – 5
Locked in from the start, getting stuck into the Everton right side and making himself know to the referee. Faded as the game went on and was a late sub with Saints out of the match. Some nice combination play with Djenepo in the final third, but not much else.
Mohammed Salisu, Centre-Back – 5
Was flat-footed allowing the ball to float over his head for Richarlson’s goal. It didn’t look like McCarthy gave a shout, but he reacted as if he had. Salisu did the same thing earlier in the first half and got away with it, but he needed to do more there. Consistent defensively, but added nothing to the possession game to differentiate the attack, and that will be required.
Jack Stephens, Centre-Back – 5
Did enough to put Calvert-Lewin off of a few headers in the first half. Crunching tackle through Richarlson was spot on and helped bait the Everton figurehead into a yellow for simulation. Needed more composure on the ball as he opted to lump the ball forward too often. Awful defending on the third and final goal, caught ball-watching as DCL sat right behind him.
Valentino Livramento, Right-Back -6
How is Richarlson fresh off a gold medal for your first assignment? Everton targeted Tino for the first 10 minutes, but quickly realised he was up for the challenge. No fear taking on multiple defenders and a couple windy runs that just missed an end product. Like most of the team, ran himself out of the game late and that is a consistent yet worrying theme in Hasenhuttl’s style.