Romelu Lukaku’s early opener wins it for Manchester United

Despite being on a great run of form, Manchester United struggled to win over Southampton away from home, but were saved by Romelu Lukaku’s early opener.

The Premier League race hasn’t been this close between two Manchester clubs in quite a long time. Both teams seem to never stop winning, and today again they have both surpassed their opponents by different margins, putting them both atop of the league with 16 points; 3 points ahead of third-placed Chelsea.

Today’s Manchester United clash was at Southampton, as José Mourinho’s Red Devils took on the Saints at St. Mary’s. Manchester United was facing a great deal of injuries, with the main ones being those of Marco Rojo and Paul Pogba, key players in the current starting eleven. Manchester United decided to play in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Rashford and Juan Mata on the wings and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as a playmaker behind the outstanding Romelu Lukaku.

The game was, however, much closer than expected. In fact, the only goal from Manchester United would come on the 20th minute, as Romelu Lukaku put in a clinical finish in the box following a beauty of a cross from Ashley Young. The left-back would struggle to find the space to put the ball in the box, yet managed to whip in a perfect cross to Lukaku, who would place a great header (saved), then tap the rebound in the back of the net.

Despite a poor offensive showing, United would earn a well-deserved win at the end of the 90 minutes, after having dominated the game from start to finish. This 1-0 win would help them secure the second place in the Premier League, leaving them trailing behind Manchester City on goal difference.

Najib Guiti is the man behind the curtains, as well as the founder of the eponymous news website; he has written for various different news outlets in the British, American press and has had a successful career in football news reporting, mostly through his influence and presence on social media. He aims to integrate statistics in the sport whilst keeping his analysis focused on the non-quantifiable parts of the Game such as tactics and playing style.

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