Manchester United have failed to win their third game in a row in the Premier League after Southampton's
The visitors were treading on eggshells in the opening stages of the match and were close to conceding the opening goal through Che Adams and
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There's little doubt that Manchester United have got a better squad of players, but Southampton found their advantage in the match thanks to well-renowned manager
There are a handful of contenders for Southampton's star performer, as Kevin Danso looked dangerous in an unnatural position at left-back, while strikers Danny Ings and Che Adams were key to their pressing system.
PEH either has a blinding game or a shocker. Unfortunately today it’s the later. JWP needs to up it too, leaving Cedric exposed. Boufal looks lively but we seem to be standing still today and Romeu is our best player getting stuck in. #saintsfc— Scott (@sday_) August 31, 2019
Anyone else feel like Adams is trying to force it a bit too much? Just needs to relax a bit. Romeu class first half #saintsfc— Liam Dibden (@LiamDibden) August 31, 2019
Romeu and Hojbjerg were able to steal a lot of balls from Man U this way. They read the passes well and made excellent tackles to follow up.— Smartest AI (@EliteIwobi) August 31, 2019
But at the heartbeat of their side was
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It's quickly becoming Manchester United's trademark, but once again Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side showed exactly why they're one of the best counter-attacking sides in the Premier League.
It took some time for United to work out Southampton's press, but once they had the visitors found themselves with a straight route to their opponent's back-four which allowed Daniel James and Marcus Rashford to wreak havoc on the break.
De Gea (7); Wan-Bissaka (7),
For what almost certainly won't be the last time this season, Manchester United looked towards summer signing Daniel James to be their talisman in the final third of the pitch.
Streets are saying Mbappe has posters of Daniel James on his wall— ManUtdMindset (@ManUtdMindset) August 31, 2019
Good first half an hour so far, what a goal by the boy @Daniel_James_97 keep it up boysss — Diogo Dalot (@DalotDiogo) August 31, 2019
Daniel James has now scored as many Premier League goals for Manchester United as Alexis Sanchez.— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) August 31, 2019
The Wales international scored a goal of the month contender to break the deadlock in the first half, while he also saw powerful efforts sting the palms of Angus Gunn throughout the remainder of the match.
James started to look overworked in the last few minutes of the match and let the odd touch go astray, with a combination of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood unable to offer half of what United's new Welsh wizard brings to the first-team.