Jose Mourinho will be furious with the result from the last game of 2017. Following two back to back draws, his team had to share points once again, as the fixture of Manchester United vs Southampton ended level at 0-0.
Manchester United vs Southampton – Main events:
Home lineup : David De Gea; Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw; Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic; Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Anthony Martial, 65′), Jesse Lingard; Romelu Lukaku (Marcus Rashford, 14′).
Away lineup : Alex McCarthy; Sam McQueen, Wesley Hoedt, Maya Yoshida, Jack Stephens; Oriol Romeu; Sofiane Boufal (Nathan Redmond, 85′), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, James Ward-Prowse, Dusan Tadic (Mario Lemina, 82′); Shane Long (Manolo Gabbiadini, 80′).
Yellow cards: Hojbjerg (28′), Hoedt (44′), Boufal (58′), Lingard (60′), Matic (72′), Ward-prowse (80′).
The start of the game was not very happy for the home side. Within the first 10 minutes, Lukaku got a terrible injury to his head and he had to be stretchered off after a lengthy pause. After that, Southampton got two glorious opportunities in the next 15 minutes, but De Gea got the better of the opponent attackers on both occasions.
Right after the half hour mark, United had a big appeal for penalty, but the referee decided against it, which seemed like a clear handball. Barring that, Rashford and Matic got two good chances to break the deadlock in the first half. However, the scoreline remained goalless as the official blew the half time whistle.
The visitors were at the top once again after the break. Into the sixth minute of the second half, Long got a spectacular chance to put his team in front. However, the United goalkeeper was at his best to save the effort with his feet. Within the next six minutes, there were actions on the other end, as Mkhitaryan saw two good efforts being saved by a resilient Southampton defense.
The rest of the game was mostly about end to end attacks from both teams. Mourinho and Mauricio Pellegrino tried their luck by throwing in attacking substitutes, but everything went in vain. Perhaps the best chance of the rest of the match came to the hosts minutes before the final whistle. At 82nd minute, a United freekick landed in the Saints box and then it fell to Pogba at the far post. The Frenchman made no mistake to send it home, but the linesman’s flag was raised and the goal was disallowed. In the end, Manchester United vs Southampton ended goalless, and the home side slipped to the third spot in the league table. It will be interesting to see how the coach manages to bring his team back to the original self.
Manchester United vs Southampton Statistics:
|Shots (on target)||15 (3)||8 (3)|
Manchester United vs Southampton Highlights:
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