ANAL­Y­SIS

WHAT WE LEARNED

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THE PER­FECT RE­SPONSE FROM MAR­CUS RASH­FORD

A lot has been writ­ten about Mar­cus Rash­ford fol­low­ing Jose Mour­inho’s re­ac­tion to that miss against Young Boys last week but he sent a timely re­minder about why he kept his place in the side at St Mary’s.

With United 2-0 down ●● and need­ing some­one to grab the game by the scruff of the neck, the 21-year-old stepped up with two big as­sists to drag his side level.

It just shows you Rash­ford’s game is not all about the goals. Was it any won­der Mour­inho threw an arm around him when he came off with 15 min­utes to go? This was a player who did not let all that at­ten­tion get him down and he cer­tainly made a point. AN­OTHER RE­AC­TIVE TEAM SE­LEC­TION

Even when United are play­ing against an out-of-form side, Mour­inho al­ways has the op­po­si­tion’s plans at the fore­front of his mind. Hence why he matched Southamp­ton by go­ing with three at the back.

Given how the Saints were with­out a league win in three months, it was stag­ger­ing. Par­tic­u­larly when Scott McTom­i­nay and Ne­manja Matic stepped up as aux­il­iary cen­tre-backs with Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling both in­jured.

It sent the wrong mes­sage be­fore a ball was even kicked and United’s makeshift back three was quickly un­done. BUT AN­OTHER COME­BACK

United’s vo­cal sup­port cer­tainly got value for money - four goals in­side 39 min­utes - fol­low­ing their lengthy jour­ney from Manch­ester. But this was yet an­other ex­am­ple of how in­fu­ri­at­ing their side is. United al­ways seem to have to go be­hind to wake-up in games they are ex­pected to win - even against a Southamp­ton team with­out a league win since Septem­ber 1. ●●

An­der Her­rera cel­e­brates draw­ing United level with Scott McTom­i­nay

Mar­cus Rash­ford in ac­tion at St Mary’s

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