30 December 2017
United lacked any spark as they were unable to break Southampton down at Old Trafford.
The first half didn’t have much action, with both teams struggling to create clear-cut chances. Romelu Lukaku came close to scoring, heading over after Juan Mata had crossed the ball into him.
But, in the 14th minute, Lukaku went off with a head injury. He was stretchered off the field. He had played every minute of every game of this season prior to that match. Having scored 11 in his first 10 matches, he has only scored 4 in his last 19.
Southampton came close to scoring early on, as James Ward-Prowse forced David de Gea. But it was a moment after that that caused Jose Mourinho to be frustrated after the game.
The ball clearly struck Maya Yoshida’s arm in the box but, the referee didn’t give it. Southampton were very lucky not to concede a penalty.
During the first half Juan Mata forced Alex McCarthy, who replaced Fraser Forster for this game, into a save and Jesses Lingard headed wide when in a good position.
The second half was a similar story, as a lacklustre United failed to break down Southampton. But, it was Southampton who came closest to scoring as de Gea somehow pushed Shane Long’s effort onto the bar and over.
Late on, Paul Pogba had the ball in the net, but he was in an offside position. The ball might’ve still gone in if Pogba had left Nemanja Matic’s effort, which could’ve gone on off the post.
I believe that Mourinho has to stop having a go at other people and have a look at himself. The penalty was for one goal, United should be beating Southampton comfortably,
Mourinho has been talking a lot about money in the past few days, especially regarding Liverpool paying £75million for Virgil Van Dijk but, a United starting line-up worth £378million could not break down a Southampton team without Van Dijk at the back.
United drop to third after Chelsea beat Stoke 5-0, whilst Southampton are 13th, just two points above the relegation zone after going eight games without a win.
Next up for United is a trip to Everton next Monday, the 1 January. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways.