A second-half strike by Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood annulled a home side goal of teammate Fred in a 1-1 draw at Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday. United enjoyed a euphoric start to the season with a 5-1 home victory over Leeds United but couldn’t repeat that performance and were fortunate not to lose to the organized and dynamic side of Ralph Hasenhuettl.
Southampton took the half-hour lead after a brilliant spell as Jack Stephens dispossessed Bruno Fernandes in the half and the hosts quickly moved the ball to Che Adams, whose shot heavily deflected Fred to squirm in the near post and past David de Gea. United defender Harry Maguire had hit the crossbar early on with a looping header as Anthony Martial’s rebound was blocked by Mohammed Salisu but half belonged to Southampton, who invaded United with an aggressive high press and took wreaks havoc on the right. side.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side equalized early in the 55th when Greenwood fired a low shot under Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy after a clever interaction between Fernandes and Paul Pogba, who added another assist to the five he did. he clinched against Leeds. Southampton ended the game stronger though and Adam Armstrong missed two clear chances to win it, first denied by a nice save from De Gea after another quick transition, then failing to direct a shot from Adams to the goal after a corner.
Greenwood praised Southampton’s performance but criticized his side for not capitalizing on the equalizer. “It was a tough game, Southampton defended well but in my eyes we lost two points,” he told Sky Sports.
“When we equalized we should have aimed for the gorges, time went by and we didn’t get the winner towards the end.” Southampton right-back Valentino Livramento said his side have chances to take all three points but are happy with one.
“We knew the way we could compete was to be physical and aggressive with the press and hit them on the counter,” he said. “I think we could have won the game, maybe we could have lost the game, but a draw is a fair result.”
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