Wayne Rooney scored a double last night to spare United’s blushes against Southampton, as the Red Devils were caught off-guard early on, then gave one of their worst displays in the second half, but managed to survive the onslaught from the Saints to become the first team to win 300 Premier League home games. 3 “dirty” points considering the second half perf, but so crucial in the title race.
Southampton needed only 3 minutes to shock United, as Carrick’s backpass put De Gea into trouble, and Rodriguez struck home easily to give the Saints something to cheer early on. But this goal brought United out of their sleep, as they took Southampton’s defence on assault. Carrick tried to correct his mistake, and sent a ball through, which was picked up by Kagawa, who in turn sent in a through ball in to Rooney, and the latter did not require an invitation to score and level the game on the 8th minute. United kept the pressure on, and on the 27th minute, Rooney scored again as Evra headed RvP’s freekick in his way. 2-1 at half time, it looked for another onslaught from United in the second half.
However it was just a misconception, as United lifted their feet off the gas pedal, while Southampton pressed for the equalizer instead. De Gea had to deny Lambert’s freekick from going in, then denied Lallana a tap-in, then again deny Lambert from another freekick as United struggled horribly. Rooney even ended up at left back as defensive cover for Evra to prevent any further fatalities, but United ended up keeping their 1-goal advantage intact, and are again 7 points clear off City, and if they do not get complacent at Fulham on Saturday, it could well be 10 points clear as City play on Sunday versus Liverpool.