Manchester United confirms its awakening by winning at Southampton

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Manchester United confirms its awakening by winning at Southampton

The game: 0-1

Without Cristiano Ronaldo at kick-off (he came on in place of Sancho in the 67th minute), nor Harry Maguire, still sidelined in favor of Raphaël Varane, Manchester United confirmed its first victory of the season obtained Monday at Old Trafford against Liverpool (2-1) by winning on Saturday on the (difficult) lawn of Southampton at the start of the 4th day of the Premier League (1-0). Casemiro, his Brazilian rookie, helped him keep the result by entering at the end (80th).

The Saints settled in the Mancunian camp but they had to save a first and spectacular triple opportunity (19th, Elanga, Bruno Fernandes and Eriksen), before in turn threatening the goal of De Gea (30th, 31st, 38th). A half-volley from McTominay dismissed by Bazunu (48th) then a breakaway from Elanga, caught in extremis (52nd), launched Manchester United’s second period at a more sustained pace.

Bruno Fernandes concretized the good period of the visitors by concluding with a volley a nice movement (1-0, 55th). But Erik ten Hag’s men then retreated under pressure from Southampton. De Gea made a reflex save on a header from Aribo at close range (66th). After a draw against Leeds (1-1) and a victory at Leicester (2-1), Southampton pushed to equalize but the incoming Mara did not aim (90th + 2). Not brilliant but effective, MU did the job.

Player: Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese complained of the right knee less than ten minutes after coming into play (in the 67th). Very close to being replaced by Casemiro, he finally stayed on the lawn and finished the match. His fourth this season and possibly the last if he finds a way out by the end of the transfer window, Thursday September 1 at 11 p.m.

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Manchester United had not won a single away game since February 20 and a victory at Leeds (4-2). A scarcity of 7 matches which ended at St. Mary’s Stadium this Saturday, six months later.

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