The red devils set a record 8 straight away league wins for the club with a come-from-behind win over the Saints at St Mary’s. MANCHESTER UNITED was missing striker Martial to illness with Greenwood deputizing for him. Pogba was also missing with an ankle problem. Donny Van De Beek was given his long awaited premier league start.
After having the better part of possession in the first 15 minutes of the encounter, United seem to fall apart afterwards. Ward-Prowse is proving to be the new David Beckham with his superb set pieces. So when United conceded a corner on 22 minutes, they were as good as 1-0 behind. An in-swinging delivery James Ward-Prowse was flicked in by the head of Pole Jan Bednarek near a crowded United goal line. De Gea flapping at thin air. Not long afterwards United had a chance to equalize when SOUTHAMPTON keeper McCarthy’s careless pass to find a team mate just outside the box was intercepted by Greenwood. The United youngster, who looked strangely out of sorts in the game, shot straight at McCarthy who parried the ball straight at Fernandes. Fernandes’s shot was saved again enabling the keeper to breathe a huge sigh of relief.
United were made to pay for that miss on 33 minutes. Ward-Prowse found De Gea out on a free kick(Not the first time). Poor covering by the Spanish keeper here. To make matters worse he injured himself trying to save it by hitting his knee onto the post. At half time things began to change for the better for the Manchester club. De Gea was replaced by Henderson and Greenwood was subbed for the veteran Uruguayan striker Cavani. Cavani’s clip pass found man of the moment Fernandes unmarked in the box and duly side footed past McCarthy to pull one back. On 73 minutes Southampton thought they had done enough to defend a corner from United. Fernandes drilled the ball back into the box with pace. Cavani redirected the ball back toward goal for the equaliser. At first glance Cavani seemed offside but replays showed Bednarek playing him on in an effort to cover the goalkeeper’s left side.
The winning goal was another headed beauty from Cavani. Marcus Rashford’s cross from the left was met again by the unmarked Uruguayan who headed past the despairing dive of McCarthy. This game was sort of a throw back from the Fergie time days. Hope it wont be the last.