Manchester United’s unbeaten run in the Premier League continued, as they overcame a gritty Southampton by the scoreline of 1-0 at St. Mary’s to wrap up three crucial points.
United weren’t at their free flowing best, but gave the fans a glimpse of their defensive attributes in a game where they lacked sharpness for most parts. Romelu Lukaku’s brilliance ensured the visitors kept up the pace atop, as rivals Manchester City stay ahead on goal difference.
In the absence of an injured Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho played Marouane Fellaini alongside Nemanja Matic in midfield. Both players were rested in the midweek League Cup clash against Burton keeping this game in mind, and Jose will be happy with their contribution.
As the duo gave a solid account of themselves, they risk being injured for United’s next clash in the midweek. The Mancunian club faces a tricky test on Russian soil, as they face CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League group stage, and both Matic and Fellaini will hope to be 100% fit for the encounter.
Both players may have picked up knocks during the game, and according to Press Association, Fellaini was seen limping after the match against the Saints while walking towards the team bus. Meanwhile, Matic was reportedly hobbling around.
Fans will be hoping it turns out to be nothing serious, especially after losing Pogba earlier due to a hamstring injury that could see him stay out for at least 4 weeks. Matic has been key for United, and has bossed the midfield after moving from Chelsea and garnered a lot of praise from the boss. Fellaini, too, has had an impact, and the duo was praised by Jose, who has immense trust in them.
United top their group in the Champions League after one game, and will look to add to that. The Red Devils do have skipper Michael Carrick as well as Ander Herrera, who can step up to the cause in Russia. The club plays bottom placed side Crystal Palace next in the Premier League.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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