Manchester United were handed a shock defeat at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday but have been offered an excellent opportunity to redeem ourselves when we travel to Southampton on Saturday.
It took us nearly an hour to produce a shot on target and that was long after we’d fallen behind to Jordan Ayew’s opening goal. The Ghana international found endless space to waltz down the middle and side foot the ball past David de Gea following Jeffrey Schlupp’s flick-on.
After two excellent performances to start his Manchester United career, Harry Maguire’s positioning on the opening goal was shocking. The centre-back was sucked out towards Crystal Palace’s right winger, whom Luke Shaw already had in his pocket, instead of picking up the three attackers in the middle of the pitch. A routine long ball by goalkeeper Vicente Guaita had undone us. Sunday league stuff.
Marcus Rashford struck the post with a penalty in the second half before Daniel James netted a late equaliser. Anthony Martial should have been awarded a penalty before Scott McTominay was tripped inside the box, but if we can’t convert them I won’t complain.
However, after James’ equaliser it wasn’t us who could push on and find a winner as Roy Hodgson’s side scored in the final minute when Patrick van Aanholt’s effort somehow beat de Gea at his near post. The Spaniard appears to brought his form from the end of last season into the 2019-20 campaign.
We cannot play any worse than we did on Saturday when we travel to St Mary’s next weekend. Southampton were benefactors of an early Brighton & Hove Albion red card in their 2-0 victory this past weekend. It was the first points of the season for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side who are surely going to be scrapping to stay in the Premier League this season.
The Saints have been hammered 3-0 at Burnley and beaten 1-2 at home by Liverpool already this season. That’s five goals in two games – I’d like to believe the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will be able to breach their backline.
Bookmakers are already giving us odds of evens, which means that whilst we are still the favourites, they’re not expecting it to be easy. If you don’t trust me but are looking to place a punt this week, you can always find great value with some free picks. We’ve only made light work of Frank Lampard’s Chelsea so far but I do think we’ll bounce back from defeat. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been a good motivator and I think Southampton are a very poor side. Their victory this past weekend can be ignored because they played an hour against 10 men, and even then, they needed an excellent long-range effort in the second half to finally break the deadlock.
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