Manchester United’s visit to St Mary’s stadium saw them emerge victorious in a thrilling match that ended 3-2.
A brace from Anthony Martial and a goal from Mata sealed the victory for the reds but, they were made to wait almost 20 minutes before their first chance at goal.
Southampton had dominated the first 20-30 minutes of the game, creating lots of chances and putting United on the back foot.
Among those chances came the first goal, scored by Pelle on the 12th minute. David De Gea palmed a close range shot from Mane into Pelle’s path and he cooly slotted home to De Gea’s right, from 12 yards out.
Southampton continued to apply pressure. Including when they weren’t in possession of the ball. However, a brief moment of pressure from United, late in the first half, led to a scrap in the box and the ball fell kindly to Martial. Remaining composed, he turned and tucked the ball into the Southampton goal on 34 minutes.
This was a turning point in the game as Manchester United began to press, in search for a second, before half time.
The second half was a different story. Southampton, who were very well organised and disciplined in the first half seemed to drop off and allow Manchester United to come at them.
And it didn’t take long for United to take the lead. In the 50th minute Martial pounced onto a weak back pass from Yoshida and found himself one-on-one with Stekelenburg. Sending him the wrong way, Martial calmly placed the ball in the far corner.
The following ten minutes saw Southampton attempt to fight. By playing some quick football and running at the United defence, they searched for an equaliser. But this came to nothing and instead it was Manchester United who grabbed the next goal. Memphis cut in from the right and rifled a shot against the post. The ball then fell to Mata who was quickest to react and hit it first time to score and put United 3-1 up.
Now credit to Southampton as they gave united a scare and something to think about when on the 85th minute, Pelle found some space in the middle of the box to head his second goal of the game from a Sadio Mane cross.
Southampton continued to push forward until the final whistle having several shots either blocked by De Gea or going fractionally wide.
Targett (Martina – 45′ )
Romeu (Davis – 56′ )
Ward-Prowse (Long – 76′ )
Darmian (A Valencia – 45′ )
Rojo (McNair – 69′ )
Carrick (Schweinsteiger – 60′ )