Southampton 2 - 3 United
Rafael Rio Vidic Evra
Valencia Cleverley(Chicharito) Carrick Welbeck(Nani)
Phew! We didn't deserve to win, but we did.... and thank goodness for that! We started brightly but when Southampton scored, our players looked demoralised. Thankfully, our new hero Robin Van Persie managed to get one back when one of their defenders slipped inside the area. That was one of the few chances we had during the first half and thankfully van Persie didn't miss.
I thought we were going to create a lot of chances during the second half but that didn't happen. Instead, Southampton managed to tear our back four apart with some intelligent passes which exposed the harsh reality that our central defenders have both slowed a yard or two....although their presence still instils that secure feeling in me. Southampton deservedly scored the second when Evra slipped inside the area and their striker got a free header. I thought that was game over but Fergie made a couple of subs which managed to spark some life into our team. Scholes and Nani replaced the ineffective Kagawa and Cleverley and they instantly left a mark on the game. We managed to win a penalty but van Persie took it carelessly and wasted a perfect opportunity to get us on level terms. He would have had to experience the wrath of Sir Alex after the game had he not scored two other goals that ultimately won us the game. Our second was an easy tap in but the winning goal was an excellent header by the Dutchman. Excellent.
I'm obviously delighted but I can't hide the worrying fact that we're letting too many goals go in. 5 goals conceded in 3 matches is not a good statistic and we didn't play against teams which will be competing to get in the top 5 (bar Everton, maybe). Fergie should try and sort out our midfield and defence because it is clearly not working out well. Till then, we've got a much needed international break were we could recover a player or two. Skipping heart beats so early in the season.....things are not looking promising for my heart!
Short post today, just coz I have the 'small' matter of organising a BBQ in torrential rain. Until next time!