Southampton vs Manchester United

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There can be few facets of this  Manchester United season that can  linger lengthy within the reminiscence however as a motif for the frustration and the mishaps which have plagued the Jose Mourinho period then Romelu Lukaku standing on the ball and injuring himself falling over will take some beating.
The Belgian scored his group’s first to finish a run and not using a aim that had stretched again to Sept 15 though that they had already fallen two down inside 20 minutes towards a Southampton group that has historically struggled to attain objectives at their very own stadium. United gave themselves the proverbial mountain to climb and spent the remainder of the sport stumbling within reach of the heightparticularly Lukaku – amid one other new formation that didn't work.
With a recent damage to Chris Smalling, Mourinho chosen three centre-backs, two of whom – Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay – aren't, strictly talking, centre-backs. He dropped Anthony Martial, introduced again in Ander Herrera and Lukaku and persevered with Paul Pogba who discovered himself overshadowed by Mario Lemina. The Saints midfielder appeared to revel within the limelight of a TV recreation towards high-profile opposition and he was not the one house participant who outperformed his reverse quantity.
It's a measure of how far requirements have fallen at United that Mourinho didn't appear that harm by a draw which suggests his group have taken two factors from their final three league video games and are to date behind leaders Manchester Metropolis it has ceased to be a difficulty. There are 16 factors between the Manchester golf equipment now and United could possibly be 9 off the Champions League locations relying on how outcomes fall on at the moment.
Probably the most biting criticism of his  gamers from Mourinho was an odd comment about his lack of “mad canine” in midfield, one thing he lamented in his tv interviews and was later eager to contextualise in order to not offend canine generally. “As a result of I like them,” he added, “I feel they're higher than many males.” Talking to BT Sport he stated that United had lacked depth. “It doesn’t matter in regards to the system, it has to do with the traits of the gamers and we don’t have many, with all respect, mad caninethose who battle for the ball on a regular basis and press. We don’t have many with that spirit.”
Later he clarified that Marcus Rashford, creator of each United’s objectives, had been his mad canine for the night till he got here off with tiredness and damage.
Some United followers had booed that  resolution though Mourinho stated the striker was enjoying with a earlier  damage and had requested to be withdrawn. “I might say Marcus was a mad canine  till he was very, very drained and with little issues.
General I’m not proud of the  consequence, however I can't be important, I believed the spirit and want was good. In the event that they didn’t do higher then it’s as a result of they weren’t capable of do it.”
With Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly injured, Marcos Rojo was on the bench though he was not judged match to start out. “A scenario of fragility,” Mourinho stated of his defence, “a complete scenario of fragility.”
Southampton attacked effectively at first with Mark Hughes giving a primary league begin to the 18-year-old striker Michael Obafemi and a league debut to 19-year-old Yan Valery who performed without any consideration wing-back.
It was a magnificently entertaining first half between two sides who had, it appeared, solely a really unfastened thought of what their managers wished however had been going to maintain attempting to get it proper regardless of what number of makes an attempt it took.
Hughes stated he chosen Obafemi for his “blinding tempo” and the younger Irish worldwide responded by making the primary aim for Stuart Armstrong after a run from Nathan Redmond opened up the United defence. The ball was labored proper to Armstrong to drive in his third aim in two video games.
General I can’t be disenchanted with that efficiency,” Hughes stated. “We created extra efforts on aim. Clearly we have to defend higher in these  moments once they scored however we by no means got here beneath sustained stress.”
Even higher was the Cedric Soares free-kick from the left channel which he whipped over the wall and previous  David de Gea. That had been conceded through a Rashford foul on Lemina on the sting of the realm.
It was Rashford who made one thing from nothing from Pogba’s move on 33 minutes, driving ahead into the Saints half after which rolling the ball into Lukaku’s path to complete. Rashford once more made the prospect for Herrera on 39 minutes, attending to the byeline and  chopping the ball again for the midfielder to direct it in with the within of his heel and his again to aim.
Within the second half it was notable that Lukaku’s contact was going badly awry, culminating in him injuring himself standing on the ball after which falling. When that awkward commentary was put to Mourinho he merely replied: “So inform that. Write that. Don’t ask me.”
There was another large save from De Gea earlier than the tip, flinging himself at a Redmond shot after Pogba had coughed up possession to Lemina for no cause. No query who was the larger canine in that individual battle and it was actually not the Frenchman with the large status.

That was poor

United performed that second half like they had been profitable 2-Zero. Perhaps 4 pictures on aim within the final 45 minutes? Southampton can take positives from that recreation but when United had been enjoying a assured, good facet, they'd have been dismantled right here at the moment


Man Utd maintain Southampton to a draw. 

90 minutes +four - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Big likelihood for Southampton now. Younger is booked for bringing Gabbiadini down close to Beckham territory. They've already scored one... and Younger says Gabbiadini has purchased that free-kick. He has gone down very simply.
This is likely to be the final likelihood of the sport.
Gabbiadini will take it... please do not shoot... do not shoot... he is shot. The factor is punted over the bar.

90 minutes +2 - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

I do not perceive why Pogba retains slowing down an already turtle-speed recreation each time he will get the ball. It'd make sense if this match was chaotic and he wished to calm the tempo to keep away from it turning into pinball... however there isn't any sense of urgency. Mourinho is clearly annoyed together with his group as he gestures to his assistants on the bench.

90 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Fellaini has been moved from midfield to his place of 'battering ram'. 4 minutes of damage time to return... and Younger has a free-kick to tackle the left of the field.
It is crossed in... McCarthy catches.

87 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Lukaku is subbed for Lingard, which ought to give United way more defensively and maybe restore some vitality to the assault. I actually like Lukaku as a participant however when his confidence is down he simply does not carry sufficient.
United are passing sideways slowly and it is boring. They're drawing with Southampton and do not seem like they're determined to alter that.

85 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Mourinho throws his arms out in disgust as Pogba tries somewhat trick on the sting of the realm which isn't, ever going to work. What on earth is he doing? He is treating it prefer it's five-a-side.
Lukaku has now injured himself by treading on the ball and falling over it. He might have tweaked his knee someway there.
To repeat: Lukaku's first contact is so unhealthy that he is genuinely injured himself.

83 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

The nook is sliced to the penalty spot and Hojbjerg assaults it however heads broad. A intelligent little transfer however it's not labored this time.
A ball into the channel for Lukaku goes behind for a aim kick. Man Utd actually aren't at it right here, simply tamely going by way of the motions, attempting to get a draw with a group 19th in the desk

80 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Rashford is taken off for Martial in a like for like swap. United sit actually deep as Southampton transfer round their half of the pitch. Pogba wins the ball, hits a ahead move and it comes off the referee, spoiling the transfer. He apologises for it however that is just about ruined a counter-attacking likelihood.
Pogba has the ball once more, stands on it for ages and slows the play down - once more - after which offers the ball away. Redmond takes it off him and shoots... oooocha that's shut. De Gea has to dive and switch it over the bar!

77 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Redmond hits a nasty shot over the bar, Hojbjerg hits a significantly better shot straight at De Gea.
Can Southampton discover one other aim? There actually is not a variety of 'pashun' on this match, it feels fairly secure as a draw.

74 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Shaw will get a pleasant little ovation as he makes his approach off the pitch. He used to play right here, you see.
Dalot has gone to right-back, Younger to left... and he is already made use of that change, going previous  Valery and hitting a low cross to the close to submit. McCarthy dives and smothers it.

72 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Shaw has gone down with an damage now. Diogo Dalot will come on to exchange him.

70 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Armstrong's motion permits him to get into area and hyperlink ahead passes. He then finds Gabbiadini on the sting of the realm and he tries an outside-of-the-boot effort at aim which is struck straight at De Gea.
Lukaku drops all the way in which to right-back to assist win the ball, then chips it broad to Rashford, who holds it up. Then stands on the ball. Stands some extra... and switches play. It is not being performed at an electrifying place, you'd nearly assume each groups had been high-quality with a draw.

68 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

After some affected person possession, McTominay has simply punted the ball out for a aim kick. For actually no cause

66 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Lukaku's first contact is terrible at instances. United have the prospect to counter-attack however knocks the ball approach too far forward of himself and offers it away. He appears somewhat drained now too... which contemplating he is not even been on this second half does not fairly appear proper.

63 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Mourinho shouts some directions at Younger from the touchline because the ball is out of play. Southampton have the prospect to assault now... Obafemi darts inside and passes again out broad... and he is twanged his hamstring. That is a disgrace - on his full PL debut too. He goes down within the space beneath stress and this coooooould be a penalty. McTominay grabs him and tackles... however that is not a penalty for me.
Obafemi goes off to get replaced by Gabbiadini. 

60 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Redmond goes for the knuckle-ball however it does not actually transfer within the air and De Gea can catch it simply. Hughes is standing on the touchline yelling to his gamers to get work tougher and snap on the United gamers faster, they're sitting deep and giving them approach an excessive amount of time on the ball in a 5-Three-2 now.
southampton shape

58 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Southampton lastly preserve the ball for a bit however the house crowd groans because it's handed again somewhat than in the direction of the United aim. United at the moment are taking their flip to defend deep and Pogba's made a extremely foolish resolution to foul Obafemi on the sting of his personal field. He is on a reserving, that is an apparent foul and now he may simply be despatched off if he makes one other mistake prefer it. Redmond traces up the free-kick about 25 yards out, barely proper of centre.

56 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Yellow card for Lemina after dragging his studs down Pogba's achilles, and that is his fifth reserving of the season, which suggests he'll get to take pleasure in a pleasant little suspension.
United have all of the possession for the time being, Southampton sitting approach too deep to cease them getting ahead.
Possession final 15 minutes:

53 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

United have a free-kick broad proper and Younger will take it. He whips in to the penalty space and Fellaini wins a header on the close to submit and heads broad from about 10 yards... that is a good likelihood.

51 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Both groups are passing pretty slowly, United doing extra of the attacking whereas Southampton sit mega deep. The defensive position is on the 18 yard field

48 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Shaw wins a nook by kicking the ball of Valery. Jones stays again, the goalkeeper punches it away and it is gone behind once more... and to be truthful he ought to have a free-kick as a result of McTominay seems to be attempting to climb inside him.
Rashford takes the second try and McTominay fouls the goalkeeper once more. This time it is a free-kick.


"I can see Southampton folding a bit", says Michael Owen as we get issues again underway. United begin the second half.

The US Embassy of Nepal doesn't endorse Lukaku

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What a comeback

It's simply so odd that with out altering something they had been doing, nor attempting notably exhausting, United have managed to get again into this one. Mark Hughes should be livid/on the verge of giving up right here. A 2-Zero win towards Man Utd they usually've simply thrown it away...


Lovely stuff. I am actually having fun with this one and don't know what'll occur within the second half! 

45 minutes+2 - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

There is a little bit of area for United to assault right here... however Lukaku's first contact is not fairly ok to take the ball down after which his cross is woefully struck into the knee of the primary defender. Herrera tries a shot from 25 yards however the goalkeeper can catch that in the course of his aim.
Each groups are going lengthy with their passing and utilizing tempo to get in behind, Redmond tries to show McTominay inside out however the not-centre-back wins the battle. And that'll be that!

45 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Southampton come ahead, Lemina tries a shot from distance however it's blocked, Lukaku considers counter-attacking however cannot preserve the ball beneath management. Armstrong's runs from deep in behind the defence are giving the United defence a little bit of a scare - it is one thing he was good at whereas at Celtic. You may't actually mark him so he leads to area at random instances with out anybody taking care of him.

42 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 2

Such a bizarre recreation. Neither group has been nice, they're enjoying related shapes, the finishes have been glorious and the defending dreadful. United try to stretch the pitch and play broad, Southampton wish to be compact and assault in a slim form. You may see it within the common positions of the gamers:


UNITED ARE LEVEL! The place did that even come from?!!
ABsolutely good from Rashford! He utterly turns his man, burns previous one other, will get to the road and pulls it throughout to the close to submit. Herrera flicks it together with his heel and beats the goalkeeper! 

39 min - Southampton 2 Man Utd 1

Southampton have one other free-kick ready not not like the one they scored from earlier. Hojbjerg fancies this one... hits it... however will get beneath the ball and it is over the bar.
United move out from the again, McTominay brings it into midfield and now Rashford has turned his man. United are in!

37 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd 1

Fellaini is booked for the FIRST TIME THIS SEASON after catching Lemina within the mouth with part of his arm. 


It's fortunate. Pogba is getting wound up that folks aren't making runs additional forward of him, he pings it into Rashford, whose contact is both magic or lucky, after which the move goes into Lukaku who batters the shot previous the goalkeeper. Good end. United proper again in it!

33 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd Zero

Southampton nonetheless the higher facet right here, United are dropping too deep and making issues simple for Southampton. However swiftly the ball has dropped for Rashford... who finds LUKAKUUUUUU!

30 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd Zero

I like this Southampton form. It is similar to the 5-2-Three that Lyon performed towards Man Metropolis midweek, and the identical that Bournemouth used towards Man Metropolis at the moment. Should be one thing about Manchester groups that fits a 5-2-Three.
The thought is that Armstrong can drop into midfield if wanted however brings tempo between Redmond and Obafemi on the counter. 

28 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd Zero

United's passing has been terrible. They're simply hitting it ahead with out function, giving the ball away when wherever close to the ultimate third. This sounds a bit 'yer da' however it truthfully does simply appear to be the case that Southampton 'need it extra' than United right here.

26 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd Zero

The referee has to speak with Matic and Lemina as a result of they're annoying one another as United take a free-kick from the left wing.
It is also that the referee simply wants backup to slag off Lemina's gloves, which make him seem like the drummer in a hair steel band, or like he is about to provide you a check drive in his model new Beemer.

23 minutes - Southampton 2 Man Utd Zero

United look so uncertain of themselves in possession. Passes aren't going the place they're presupposed to, McTominay appears nervous, the form is not solely clear. Southampton are stuffed with confidence now, sticking to their plan of defending and counter-attacking.
Younger has an opportunity to create one thing now as he stands over a free-kick broad proper. He crosses it in... and Armstrong heads away.


WHAT A HIT! CEDRIC MAKES IT 2-Zero with a wonderfully positioned free-kick! That is the way you beat De Gea! 
It's prime, prime, prime nook. Postage stamp. 

20 minutes - Southampton 1 Man Utd Zero

Rashford - who is meant to be a striker at the moment - slides into Lemina on the sting of the field and form of wraps his legs across the Southampton man's ankles as he does so. It is a reserving for Rashford and a free-kick in a harmful scenario. Beckham territory. Whoever takes this has to hit it fairly effectively to beat De Gea although...

18 minutes - Southampton 1 Man Utd Zero

It's actually untidy within the United defensive third. Fellaini and Herrera are dropping deep in entrance of the centre-backs... however now Herrera is urgent the left-back. I do not actually know what the plan is right here.

15 minutes - Southampton 1 Man Utd Zero

Armstrong battles with Fellaini for the ball and is caught within the face by a flailing arm. Enjoyable truth: that is truly Fellaini's center title. Marouane 'Flailing Arm' Fellaini.
Armstrong is okay to proceed, it is only a wee brush over the face.


It's terrible defending. Shambolic. A bunch of lads filling area with out ever truly doing something. Have a look at the bizarre form right here.
Armstrong's bullet shot is thumped backside nook, De Gea cannot do something about it. Mourinho may truly explode at the moment.

12 minutes - Southampton Zero Man Utd Zero

Pogba waits for Lukaku to make a run, it does not occur, Pogba finally ends up shedding the ball. United are passing round their very own half, getting close to the midway line after which compelled again in the direction of their very own aim. In some unspecified time in the future they'll must be in Southampton's half... and Pogba's lengthy move in the direction of Shaw is good. He is in behind... however simply offside.
 Southampton preserve the ball and move it round. Lemina simply skips previous Rashford at midway... Southampton preserve coming... and ARMSTRONG CAN SHOOT!!

10 minutes - Southampton Zero Man Utd Zero

Lukaku has already had extra of the ball on this recreation already than I feel he had for all the 90 minutes towards Younger Boys.

eight minutes - Southampton Zero Man Utd Zero

Lukaku fights to win the ball in midfield after being nutmegged, will get it, then chips it ahead aimlessly to no person. Why? Why do you do this stuff Lukaku?
Southampton are arrange completely to hit United on the counter-attack. 5 defenders, two central midfielders and I feel three forwards. Obafemi and Redmond break free and into the ultimate third however the latter's shot is blocked and simply saved by De Gea.

5 minutes - Southampton Zero Man Utd Zero

BIG CHANCE FOR UNITED! What's gone on right here?! McCarthy utterly misses the ball when attempting to clear it, Rashford is there, backheels it into play and there is a aim available if anyone's there. They are not... and the goalkeeper blocks a Lukaku shot inside the realm. Southampton get away with that one!

Three minutes - Southampton Zero Man Utd Zero

It is a again three/5 for Man Utd at the moment and Marcus Rashford has already taken a painful knock to the knee as he loses a 50/50 within the  United half.
A mistake by McTominay early on practically palms possession to Southampton within the remaining third however he will get away with it. Lukaku drops deep to get entangled however is crushed for tempo close to the Saints field.
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