Southampton 0 Manchester United 1

But the result maintains United's unbeaten start to their league campaign, although they are second in the table, behind Manchester City on goal difference.

Ashley Young provided a risky cross into the box which the Belgian headed on target - the effort initially saved superbly by the Southampton goalkeeper from point blank range.

The Manchester United ace limped out of United's 3-0 Champions League win over Basel on September 12.

Manchester United managed to sneak in a slender 1-0 victory against Southampton on Saturday.

This was Southampton's 11th league defeat of 2017, which equals their total throughout 2016 at a time when they are scheduled to play a further 15 fixtures. "We had chances to kill the game and score the second goal, but didn't".

United eventually broke the deadlock with their first real chance as Romelu Lukaku fired home from six-yards out after his initial header was saved. "How many times has that happened?" So we are better this season than last.

Phil Jones was at the heart of United's rugged defending, with several telling tackles and interceptions, but the centre back also heaped praise on Lukaku, who has now scored six Premier League goals in as many matches. "I am very pleased with his attitude overall, which means it's easier (for him) to play well", Mourinho added. I think a few times, last season especially.

He won 5 aerial duels, the most by a United player alongside Marouane Fellaini, completed 90.6% of his passes and had more touches 53 on the ball than any other United defender.

The striker secured all three points by scoring the game's only goal and, on an afternoon when United struggled to convince, was a consistent and effective focal point in the final third. A hard period with an accumulation of matches that comes in October. "The (Man United) players, they knew that since the beginning of the season".

On Saturday, United travelled to St Mary's to take on Southampton and the fans in attendance didn't take a blind bit of notice to the request for the song to be laid to rest.

"I see a great improvement in the person, in the mood, in the face, in the body language", a happy Mourinho said during his pre-match press conference on Friday.



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