SOUTHAMPTON 0-MAN U 1 : REDS KEEP IMPRESSIVE RUN GOING
JOSE'S MEN LOOK UNSTOPPABLE
Long may this form we are in Last ..because despite this being only a season that is but 6 games old, its never a bad thing to lay a marker down for the rest of the league so they can sit up and take note. The level of consistency needed to win this league is bordering on what we are currently displaying and unless the wheels fall off (God forbid) we might well be on the verge of something glorious.
It was business as usual for Romelu Lukaku as the striker continues to find joy for his new club, but it was fresh trouble for Jose Mourinho as the Portuguese boss was sent to the stands.
With his side just moments away from three points, Mourinho encroached onto the pitch whilst trying to shout instructions to his players.
Lukaku sent United on their way – and the travelling supporters defied calls from anti-racism campaigners to stop singing the song that makes reference to Lukaku’s manhood.
The number of goals he is scoring, though, is undeniably impressive – eight in eight appearances.
And this one was enough to beat a Southampton side which improved in the second half but has now failed to find the net in four of its five home matches this season.
United could get in trouble for the song and boss Mourinho faces disciplinary action, too, after being sent off in stoppage time as his team clung on to victory.
But in our eyes, any fines and bans will be worth the three points which we took away despite Southampton being by far the better side in the second half.
Little of note had occurred on or off the pitch until Lukaku broke the deadlock
Dusan Tadic failed to prevent Ashley Young putting in a cross and neither Wesley Hoedt, who fell over, nor Ryan Bertrand could stop Lukaku getting his head to the ball.
Fraser Forster made an excellent save to keep it out, but was helpless as the Belgian scuffed home the rebound.
That was it for the first half, with United looking occasionally dangerous on the break and Southampton once more struggling to create goalscoring opportunities.
David De Gea made his first save of the match in the 56th minute, dealing comfortably with a Nathan Redmond effort.
Romeu had good chance to equalise with 13 minutes to go but after running on to Tadic’s pass he dragged his shot wide of the far post.
Mourinho was sent off in stoppage time, apparently for something he had said to the fourth official.
But he and United still went away with the three points, which is all we will care about.Especially with the blue lot from up road enjoying a purple patch of thrashing every one 5-0
Man United boss Jose Mourinho: “It is not always possible to operate at high quality but we fought hard.
“We did what many teams in the Premier League do for 90 minutes, which was play with five defenders at the back.
“It was a hard game but I am really happy.