Southampton haven’t had the best of times lately and that’s not a conversation that needs to be explained, so there were few expectations as we went into Saturday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United.
Welcoming Jose Mourinho’s side to St Mary’s Stadium for the game, manager Mark Hughes’ side stepped up and defied expectations to take a 2-0 lead with goals coming from summer signing Stuart Armstrong and often maligned Cedric Soares.
Then predictably, we fell apart in defence and United were back on level terms ahead of the halftime restart. We did hold on for a point though but with two midfielders in the opposition’s back three and having more efforts than the visitors, it really should’ve been more.
The players should take the confidence shot though (they need to with our form) and Whoscored were positives in their post-game ratings.
Former Celtic man Armstrong stole the show with 8.02 and our top five best performers on the day were completed by Mario Lemina (7.60), Nathan Redmond (7.32), Cedric Soares (7.25) and Jannik Vestergaard (6.71).
We need to start making slight improvements count as despite the Manchester United name, we can’t blow 2-0 leads with barely a whimper.