Man Utd's First-Half Rally Rescues Point at Southampton

Published on 1-Dec-2018 by srijan213

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Man Utd's First-Half Rally Rescues Point at Southampton

If you got to St Mary's Stadium late, you missed it.

Hopefully, it was due to being at the pub 'way too long, as that's the only way you could've handled the rest of the match.

Stuart Armstrong and Cedric Soares scored early for the Saints, and Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera retaliated with a pair for Manchester United shortly after in a busy first half in Southampton.

Basically, that was the meat-&-potatoes in a 2-2 draw. No veggies.


As they're in a bad situation standings-wise, Southampton seemed desperate to score early and control their emotional side throughout the match, and it worked.

In only the 13th minute, Michael Obafemi fed Armstrong, who slotted home into the far corner past David de Gea:


The hosts doubled their lead seven minutes later with a perfect free kick from Cedric.

His effort sailed over the wall and flew straight into the top corner, sending the locals into delerium:


Didn't last long, though.

in the 33rd minute, Marcus Rashford set up Lukaku, who put United on the board with a clever finish:


Stunned, the Saints had yet to regain their composure when the Red Devils drew even a mere six minutes later.

Rashford was again involved, and this time, dude assisted Herrera, who targeted the near post beyond the range of Alex McCarthy


After the break, there wasn't much else to say but ...


You can never go wrong with The Rocky Horror Show. A few catchy tunes will beat the hell outta 45 minutes of watching aimlessness personnified.

Luke Shaw had the best opportunity to score for the visitors at the second half, but his effort from the edge of the box went wide. Southampton's best chances were through Nathan Redmond and Armstrong, but a better use of time would be checking out Mesut Özil in his glory days:


Besides, he's available and has been for a while, now.

Back to reality. Saints can feel glad to have at least managed a point in this one. They need everything they can get:

Otherwise, they'll be joining their late-arriving fans in the pubs ... or somewhere.

Just not in the Premiership.


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