Southampton vs Manchester United

Recent Premier League rule changes must not turn football into rugby’ said United Boss  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. This is after Southampton’s contentious goal in their 1-1 draw with United. “It seems as if football has gone from one extreme to the other,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. Ole was in fact echoing what Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claimed the day before, for people to “watch wrestling” if they liked some of the challenges Burnley put in, in their match versus Liverpool. To rub salt into the wound, the Saints then only scored in what was judged as an own goal, with the subsequent shot deflecting off Fred. Earlier Mason Greenwood was elbowed in the face, but again the referee saw this as not even a foul!

United had started brightly and had even been unlucky to hit the crossbar, and was even denied a penalty, the VAR apparently not even being consulted.

My Man of the Match is Paul Pogba, setting up Mason Greenwood’s equaliser. Five assists in our first two games for the flamboyant Frenchman. He did miss two first-half sitters, plus a second-half miss after he had weaved through the Saints defence only to fire just wide. He showed some classy moments and ran the show in the second half.

Nonetheless, United’s recovery from a half-time deficit at St Mary’s means that the Reds are now unbeaten in 27 consecutive Premier League away matches. This equals the top-flight record set by Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’. United now play Wolves at Molineux on Sunday. A chance to make it 28 and set the record.

by Kenneth Abela

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