Southampton v Manchester United, 23 September 2017

Score1-0 to Manchester United
RefereeCraig Pawson
CompetitionPremier League
VenueSt Mary's Stadium
Attendance31,930
Kick-off: 3.00pm Southampton had now lost 25 Premier League games against Manchester United; five more than any other opponent.

Goals:

Goals:

Romelu Lukaku 20 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster
Defender Cédric Soares
Defender Wesley Hoedt
Defender Maya Yoshida
Defender/Midfielder Ryan Bertrand
Defender/Midfielder Mario Lemina
Midfielder Steven Davis
Midfielder/Forward Nathan Redmond
Midfielder/Forward Oriol Romeu
Midfielder/Forward Dušan Tadić
Forward Shane Long

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper David De Gea
Defender Eric Bailly
Defender/Midfielder Phil Jones
Defender/Midfielder Nemanja Matić
Defender/Midfielder Antonio Valencia
Defender/Midfielder/Forward Ashley Young
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini
Midfielder Juan Mata
Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Midfielder/Forward Marcus Rashford
Forward Romelu Lukaku

Substitutions:

Manolo Gabbiadini for Steven Davis 73
Charlie Austin for Shane Long 83
James Ward-Prowse for Cédric Soares 83

Substitutions:

Ander Herrera for Juan Mata 62
Chris Smalling for Henrikh Mkhitaryan 75
Daley Blind for Marcus Rashford 90

Cards:

Shane Long 37 Y

Cards:

Ashley Young 43 Y
Antonio Valencia 69 Y
Romelu Lukaku 82 Y
Ander Herrera 88 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy
Defender Virgil Van Dijk
Defender/Midfielder Jérémy Pied
Midfielder James Ward-Prowse
Forward Charlie Austin

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero
Defender Chris Smalling
Defender/Midfielder Daley Blind
Midfielder Ander Herrera
Midfielder Michael Carrick
Midfielder/Forward Jesse Lingard
Forward Anthony Martial

Comments:

League position: 11th Southampton had now lost 11 Premier League games in 2017; as many as they had lost in 2016. The Saints had now failed to score in eight of their last nine home games in the Premier League. They had now won three of their last 14 games in the Premier League. Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino said: "I don't like to talk about good luck or bad luck because we have to score goals and we couldn't, but at the same time I think we played a good game. In general we control the game against Man United - a team that it is really difficult to control even when they are defending, because in counter-attack they are really good, they have got pace, they are in direct play really strong. I think we did 90% of the things we were working on and, against these type of teams, you have to play really well, really close to excellent to win games."

Comments:

League position: 2nd Romelu Lukaku had now scored in seven of his eight appearances for Manchester United in all competitions. Romelu Lukaku equalled Louis Saha's club record of scoring six goals in his first six Premier League appearances. With sixteen points from their opening six games, this was now United's best start to a Premier League season since 2011-12. Manchester United manager José Mourinho said: "The weather was beautiful. Even if you train at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. in Manchester, we don't get this weather. Seriously. The last time we had this was in Los Angeles and then in Macedonia, and they felt it. I saw some players not sharp. Great spirit and always trying, but not the same sharpness. So if your opponent is coming with everything against you, let's do it for ten or 15 minutes and stay solid. We are better this season than last. But this is nothing. It's just a start. I really think that six teams are going to fight for the title."