Manchester United took full advantage of rival Citys’ dropped points with a hard working 3 points against a spirited and lively Southampton side.
United made their customary start it woul seem this season by allowing the opposition a 1 goal lead, even handing it to them on a plate as a poor back pass allowed the Saints to score within 2 minutes. The Reds didn’t waste much time to level thanks to a superb pass from Shinji Kagawa and a calm Rooney finish. Rooney scored again thanks to a brilliant assist by Patrice Evra and went into the 2nd half looking to kill off the game. The 3rd goal never came and Southampton to their full credit pushed for an equaliser that United managed to avoid.
“Champions win games when playing badly” Yup, it was one of those.
Still, there were plenty of United highlights, here are my GIFs of the game…
1. Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa Passes, Robin van Persie chance
A nice move from United sees Wayne Rooney find Shinji Kagawa with a delightful first time pass. The Japanese playmaker in turn finds Van Persie with the outside of his boot only for the United striker to uncharacteristically fire high and wide.
2. Robin van Persie pass, Danny Welbeck skill and shot
A lovely little pass by Van Persie plays in Danny Welbeck into the Southampton area. Faced with a defender, Welbeck uses his brilliant feet to work space for a shot that is well saved.
3. Shinji Kagawa play
Making an important interception on the edge of the United box, Kagawa then shows of his quick feet and balance to out fox the Southampton players and work himself space to help keep United possession of the ball.
4. Robin van Persie nutmeg
Brilliant skill from Van Persie who gave the fans something to cheer about the in the 2nd half with a cheeky nutmeg.
5. Rio Ferdinand pass
Picking up the ball in the United half after a corner was cleared, Rio pings a beautiful pass back out wide to Wayne Rooney.
Which was your favourite moment? Please vote in the poll at the bottom and share your choice of GIF with the Tweet GIF link under each one.
The Man Utd Goals
Bonus United GIFs
Wayne Rooney touch and Pass, Kagawa hits the post
Two beautiful Danny Webeck touches HERE and HERE
Great Patrice Evra tackle
Robin van Persie disallowed goal from brilliant Rooney cross
David de Gea saves a free kick
Robin van Persie first time pass, Rooney chance
Big Nemanja Vidic block