Manchester United and Southampton shared spoils after playing out a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s. In the first half, Southampton took the lead after Che Adams’s deflected strike found the bottom corner. However, Ole’s men quickly levelled the scoreline as Greenwood thumped a low shot under Alex McCarthy.
United had a fantastic start to the season with a 5-1 home win over Leeds United but couldn’t repeat the same heroics against a well organised Southampton side. Southampton must be content with a draw over the premier league giants as they were the better side at the end and could have scored the winner. However, Manchester United have equalled Arsenal’s tally of 27 premier league away matches unbeaten after Sunday’s result.
• First Half
Ward–Prowse was denied early on as the Saints skipper stepped up to take a free-kick from 35 yards and tried to catch the United keeper at his near post but De Gea made a good save to deny him. At the other end, United almost opened the scoring when Bruno Fernandes’s cross was met by Paul Pogba, only for him to hit the crossbar. On the rebound, Martial failed to capitalise on his opportunity as his effort was cleared off the line. United then started to build pressure as the Saints were unable to defend any crosses as Pogba was unable to score on two great occasions.
However, Bruno Fernandes was dispossessed by Jack Stephens and immediately stepped up in the attack as Armstrong, Adams and Djenepo linked up well as Adams fired a low strike but it took a big deflection off Fred, which was enough to wrong-foot the keeper to find the back of the net. United had better chances in the first half but couldn’t convert and Southampton was able to punish them at the other end.
• Second Half
Southampton opted to go for a more defensive formation as Bednarek was subbed in for Theo Walcott and played with a five-man defence as Livramento and Perraud as wing-backs. But it made no difference in gameplay as United were cruising in the Southampton box with ease as Pogba fired a volley towards the goal, which was blocked by Salisu. United players appealed for a penalty but the referee and VAR gave a right decision by providing a corner. However, that didn’t stop United from finding their equaliser as Pogba and Fernandes combined well to set up Greenwood, who planted a low driven shot beneath Alex McCarthy.
Now, United were looking for another comeback as Pogba and Fernandes both were close to finding the winner. However, United were repeatedly making sloppy passes and would be easily dispossessed under pressure, this happened again as Maguire was easily stripped of possession from Ward-Prowse and Armstrong was released through on goal by Adams and he only had De Gea to beat but the keeper made an excellent save to deny him.
United were unable to find their form and Southampton were happy with the scoreline as both sides were unable to find a winner in the last minutes of the game. The Saints will be a much happier side among the two as they were the stronger side between the two sides. United will be unhappy with this result but they have equalled an excellent record in the premier league history.