Southampton 2-3 Man Utd: 3 Talking Points From A Brilliant Comeback

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gestures after the match.

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Man Utd pulled off an emphatic second-half comeback against Southampton as they continue their perfect away run.

Jan Bednarek opened the scoring through a great header from a corner. James-Ward Prowse then followed up his assist with an incredible free kick to make it 2-0 before half-time.

However, despite displaying very poor finishing in the first-half, United managed to make a comeback thanks to Bruno Fernandes, yet again. The Portuguese halved the deficit before after which Edinson Cavani equalised. Marcus Rashford also made up for his disappointing performance by assisting the winner in added time as he set up the Uruguayan for his brace.

Let’s take a look at 3 talking points around the Red Devil’s admirable comeback:

1. Ward-Prowse’ Dead Ball Lethality

James Ward-Prowse recorded his third free kick goal of the season this weekend. The Englishman beat David de Gea in the first half to double his side’s lead with an almost perfect shot.

However, a player of De Gea’s quality and status is expected to save such shots instead of pushing it into the top corner of the goal. The Spaniard seemed to have injured himself in the process of making that save and had to be replaced by Dean Henderson soon after.

Nevertheless, the shot was perfectly placed with swerve and power so being unable to save something like that can be overlooked once in a while.


2. Edinson Cavani Has Still Got It

Cavani’s introduction was the pivoting point in the match. Without the former Paris-Saint Germain man, the Mancunians may have dropped points at St Mary’s Stadium.

The Uruguayan international proved to be clinical in front of goal – using the chances he was given very well. The Old Trafford outfit have been suffering in terms of finishing this season and today was a lesson on clinicality for Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, and Anthony Martial.

The striker has now recorded 3 goals in less than 400 minutes this season which is a very good record for a backup player signed on as a free agent. Martial really should be on his toes.


3. Man Utd’s Historic Away Record 

A win against the Saints this week means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has recorded his 8th consecutive away win in the Premier League – a new club record.

Although Solskjaer has led his side to their worst start of the campaigned based on home form in decades, he may have made up for it with his exploits away from Old Trafford – or at least balanced it out a bit. Praises have to be sadly held back as the flip side of the coin is equally disappointing.


The Norwegian may have managed to get away with a poor defensive performance from his team yet again but there is still a lot of work to be done.