WHAT WE LEARNED
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