Southampton vs Manchester United: Match Analysis

Manchester United had back-to-back triumphs for the very first time since February and it came as a much deserving one from the Ten Hag’s men. The intensity wasn’t the same as from the Monday night against Liverpool but a wonderfully crafted goal from Bruno Fernandes was enough to seal a 0-1 victory at the St Mary Stadium.

Southampton who generally plays in a low block and has a good defensive line was first tested in the 20th minute of the play when Elanga, Eriksen and Fernandes went hard for the opening goal.

Three very good chances for United in a span of few seconds but they failed to convert them. It was all Southampton’s defensive body in front of the goal line. That was the only threatening moment for Manchester United in the first and they deserved the lead very badly.

Southampton’s attack was not much fluent too as defender Bella-Kotchap had the best chance to fire it at the back of the net from a very close range. But it was over the De Gea’s crossbar. Other than that chance there were no such threats from the Saints.

2nd half Analysis: Manchester United lead at 54′.

There was a good built-up play by Elanga and Fernandes and the former should have got his redemption in the early stages of the 2nd half. But a decisive block in the 6-yard box by Salisu denies the flow. Man Utd finally broke the deadlock when Dalot’s magnificent cutback was straight to Fernandes who didn’t waste any time and went for the half volley shot to find the bottom left corner of the net.

Since that goal Southampton had the maximum time of their possession with the ball and they were desperate for the equaliser. The partnership of Varane and Martinez came to the limelight once again as they were again brilliant in making blocks and interceptions. Lisandro has been the best signing of the season for Manchester United.

A new signing from Real Madrid Casemiro came to the pitch on 80′ and was loved by many of the travelling fans. Southampton almost scored in the stoppage time but Dalot made sure to stay at the goal line for a challenging clearance. The defence looks much more composed for United than before.

Manchester United will play next against Leicester City on Thursday at the King Power Stadium followed by a tight clash against present table-toppers Arsenal on Sunday.

Author: Subham Nandi

Blogger. Sports Writer . An ardent fan of Manchester United . #GGMU

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