Romelu Lukaku fired a 20th minute header, expecting it to be the first goal for Manchester United in the highly anticipated clash against Southampton, but to his surprise the ball got deflected and came back for him to slot it back past Saints goalkeeper and open the score sheet for United.

Lukaku netted from a beautiful Ashley Young cross with a strong head and then and equally strong foot to smash it from 6 yards. With the goal Lukaku now has a goal in every game he has started this season, not just for his club but also for his national side, Belgium.

Saints tried to get back into the game with Nathan Redmond going forward searching for his first goal in the season but the Reds kept his shots away from the line as David de Gea enjoyed a comfortable outing.

Lukaku’s goal not only boosted United’s attack to threat the opposition backline running into them. But also gave them significant pace and power upfront with Mkhitaryan’s scaring runs supported by the Belgian’s powerful poaching.

Southampton on the other hand were not so effective going forward and Shane Long was at times found lone in the United half and was outplayed by the pair of Bailly and Jones who left little void for any mistakes.

Marouane Fellaini was once again a strong influence in the United build up and kept tickling around the Saints backline with his mysterious skills.

The second half though had altogether a different story with Jose Mourinho’s men trying hard to settle the score in a winning cause. Mourinho introduced Smalling as an extra defender to make sure United take away the 3 points and feast on the early Lukaku breakthrough.

The Reds who were looking dangerous in the first half of the game saw the second half drained in saving Lukaku’s 20th minute effort.

Southampton had a last try at the post with an injury time corner awarded to them but that too went waste as United stayed intact.

The Reds have been flying this season with 17 goals in 6 games so far and a near perfect win record with just 1 draw and 5 wins in total of 6 games.

United played an unchanged 11 from the win against Everton and maintained their winning run coming into the challenging game.

First Published | 23 September 2017 9:30 PM
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