The Daily Telegraph - Business : 2020-07-14

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5 The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 14 July 2020 ** Sport Subject United in the wars How did Romeu escape a red? here. Pogba was pickpocket­ed by the livewire Danny Ings after being caught unawares and watched as the Southampto­n forward worked the ball to Redmond, who crossed to the far side where an unmarked Armstrong did the rest. You had to wonder what was going on with Pogba in those opening stages. But, thereafter, Pogba and United woke up, and hit back with two goals in three minutes. Martial, earlier denied by McCarthy, controlled a cross from Pogba, dropped to the ground under pressure from Jack Stephens but was still able to poke the ball to Rashford to score. Martial then showcased the other side of his game moments later. United worked the ball from left to right to the forward, who only had one thing in mind, a sudden burst of pace leaving Walker-Peters for dead before the Frenchman rifled one into the top corner. But that was as good as it got for United. It showed in the way they started, too, although perhaps they were lucky to finish the first half with 11 men after a late challenge by Oriel Romeu on Mason Greenwood that Solskjaer said would have put himself out for a month. Pogba had been spared against Aston Villa last week when he lost the ball cheaply to Trezeguet and was relieved to see the Egyptian hit a post, but he had no such luck four spot. But it still felt like a kick in the teeth, an opportunit­y missed and, while United are unbeaten in 18 matches, they must respond on Thursday. This was the first time for 27 years that United had named the same starting XI for five consecutiv­e games but Solskjaer may need to shuffle the pack to inject some freshness against Crystal Palace. Martial and Rashford will feel partly culpable that this one got away. They were excellent for long periods and dragged United back into the game after Southampto­n had capitalise­d on an error by Paul Pogba, but their wastefulne­ss in the second half would prove costly. Rashford was denied at point-blank range by Alex McCarthy after more fine link-up play with Martial and then the Frenchman set off on a mazy run from inside his own half which really warranted a finish to cap it off, but he could only fire over the crossbar. Southampto­n are quite something, though. They are the embodiment of their all-action manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, and came into this full of confidence after taking 10 points from 15 since the restart. How they stand P W D L F A GD Pts Liverpool (C) 35 30 3 2 76 27 49 93 Man City 35 23 3 9 91 34 57 72 Chelsea 35 18 6 11 63 49 14 60 Leicester 35 17 8 10 65 36 29 59 Man Utd 35 16 11 8 61 35 26 59 Wolverhamp­ton 35 14 13 8 48 37 11 55 Sheff Utd 35 14 12 9 38 33 5 54 Tottenham Hotspur 35 14 10 11 54 45 9 52 Arsenal 35 12 14 9 51 44 7 50 Burnley 35 14 8 13 39 47 -8 50 Everton 35 12 9 14 41 52 -11 45 Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea 7; Wan-Bissaka 6, Lindelof 6, Maguire 7, Shaw (Williams 75) 7; Pogba (Fred 63) 6, Matic 6; Greenwood (James 84) 6, Fernandes (McTominay 84) 7, Rashford 7; Martial 8. Romero (g), Bailly, Mata, Pereira, Ighalo. Wan-Bissaka. (4-4-2): McCarthy 8; Walker-Peters 5, Stephens 6, Bednarek 7, Bertrand 7; Armstrong (Smallbone 70) 6, Ward-Prowse 7, Romeu (Obafemi 87) 6, Redmond 7; Adams (Long 64) 6, Ings 6. Gunn (g), Vestergaar­d, Hojbjerg, Vokins, Danso, Ferry. Walker-Peters, Stephens, Ward-Prowse. Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire). Southampto­n 35 13 6 16 45 58 -13 45 Newcastle 35 11 10 14 36 52 -16 43 Subs Booked Crystal Palace 35 11 9 15 30 45 -15 42 Brighton 35 8 12 15 36 52 -16 36 Southampto­n West Ham 35 9 7 19 44 59 -15 34 Watford 35 8 10 17 33 54 -21 34 Subs Booked AFC Bournemout­h 35 8 7 20 36 60 -24 31 Aston Villa 35 8 6 21 38 65 -27 30 Norwich (R) 35 5 6 24 26 67 -41 21 Referee

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