Martial shows his arts while Rooney’s curse continues

Martial-MUFC-SaintsThe young striker scored twice to help United come from behind against Southampton, making it 3 goals from two appearances in the Premier League while Rooney’s streak rose to 11 games without scoring in the EPL, and the travelling United fans joking sang “What a waste of money” in the stands with reference to Martial’s price tag. It was not all roses for Manchester United thou, as Southampton started brightly and had the Red Devils pinned back with their aggressive attacking play, and United were down by one goal on the 13th minute when De Gea could only parry Mané’s shot, and Pellè slotted home the rebound. United could have been further behind minutes later, but this time Pellè saw his shot hit the post and come out. It seemed Shaw’s injury in midweek against PSV (and he will not play until March as per medical reports) had unsettled the backline, despite Rojo deputizing. United however got their feet on the ball as the game wore on, and got back in the game, despite a slight hint of offside for Mata, the game went on, and Martial took full opportunity  to slot home the equalizer on the 34th minute after Yoshida’s tackle had left the ball loose in the box.

With the score levelled at half time, the Saints came back on the offensive again as the second half started, but a defensive mistake by Yoshida gifted Martial his second goal on the 50th minute. With Memphis closing down on the defender, the latter tried to pass the ball back to his keeper, only to find Martial running on the loose ball, and again coolly finishing off with a second goal for United. Southampton could have equalized, but De Gea brought out a superb save to keep United in the lead after Fonte headed for goal. United capitalized at the other end on the 68th minute, as Schweinsteiger fed in Memphis, only for the latter to see his shot crash against the post, but Mata was alert on the rebound and volleyed home the third goal. United switched off after the third goal, and paid the price at the other end on the 85th minute, as Mané’s cross was met by an unmarked Pellè in the box, despite the presence of many United players, and it gave the Saints hopes for an equalizer. Wanyama also produced a fine save from De Gea as United endured some real pressure, but in the end managed to hold on to a vital win, which moves them 2 points behind current leader Man City.

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