For the third successive game, after the impressive start against Chelsea, United have showed they are lacking a recognised centre forward or even better a centre forward who can hold up the ball giving time for his team mates to move forward.
The honour for United’s superb single goal against Southampton at St Mary’s as well for the most shots on target, forcing saves from the Saint’s keeper must go to young Daniel James. My United man of the match gave the visitors a 10th-minute lead with an unstoppable diagonal drive – the Welshman’s third goal in four games for United.
James worked hard throughout the game, providing passes to his colleagues, a dangerous low cross in the box to Rashford of note, and showed to be always willing to take on opponents at every opportunity. He also showed that he was able to defend when necessary.
Southampton had started brightly giving United plenty of places to play in. However in the second half, United had the advantage of playing the last 10 minute against 10 men after Southampton’s Kevin Sanso was sent off for two yellow cards. That is when Southampton ‘parked the bus’ and the game became a repeat of last week’s Crystal Palace match, with United struggling to break down the defence. Southampton ended the match with nine men due to injury and yet it was still Southampton who managed to control the ball in the last few minutes.
Overall, it was another disappointing result for United, who have now taken just five points from their first four games of the season having also slipped up against Crystal Palace and Wolves.
At least in this match, United had 21 shots on goal, eight of which were on target, thanks to Daniel James. The home side had just two shots on target, one being their equalizer.
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