United have set a new record for the longest unbeaten away run in English Football League history. United are now unbeaten in their last 28 Premier League away games, having won 18 and drawn 10.
The Reds were today without midfielder Scott McTominay, who underwent groin surgery earlier this week and joined goalkeeper Dean Henderson who is still recovering from the coronavirus. Full-back Alex Telles was also absent with an ankle injury as well as striker Marcus Rashford, recovering from shoulder surgery. Phil Jones is a long-term absentee due to knee problems. United included Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho in the starting line-up for the first time.
Today’s match also marked Solskjær’s 100th Premier League match in charge of the Red Devils. In this period United won 52 games. Only Ernest Mangnall , who managed Manchester United between 1903–1912 won more of his first 100 in charge than the Norwegian – 54 matches.
They say that refereeing decisions tend to balance out by the end of the season. Last week United felt hard done by, going behind to the Saints following a rash challenge on Fernandez. Today Pogba appeared to catch Ruben Neves leading to United’s winner but referee Mike Dean standing just a couple of steps away, ignored the appeals of the midfielder and booked him in the process.
My Man of the Match is keeper De Gea. United can only thank De Gea’s heroics in goal for their win today. He was active as early as the 3rd minute with a great reflex save to deny Raul Jimenez. Then came that incredible double save in the 68th minute with David showing incredible reflexes to deny Saiss a guaranteed goal from a corner. That could well be the save(s) of the season! David fully deserves his clean sheet.
United face Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday 11th September, before travelling to Switzerland to meet Young Boys in the Champions League. The Swiss are presently 7th in the Swiss Super league.
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