Manchester United played their first home game in the premier league on Friday night and it was very Mourinho like performance from United. They struggled to breakdown Southampton consistently in first half but with players like Rooney, Pogba, Ibra and Martial in the lineup you always expect a moment of magic and thats what produced the first goal when Rooney’s hopeful cross inside the box was meet by Ibrahimovic who score in third consecutive game for United.
Manchester United 2-0 Southampton Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
36′ 1 – 0 Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores with a thumping header from Rooney’s cross. It was his third and as many game for United.
52′ 2 – 0 Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored from the penalty spot after penalty was awarded when Jordie Clasie brought down Luke Shaw inside the box.
Jose Mourinho Post Match Interview:
Paul Pogba and Ibrahimovic Interview:
Paul Pogba Individual Highlights:
Team News & Possible Lineups:This will be the very first competitive home game for Jose Mourinho who will record signing Paul Pogba at his disposal after missing out the Bournemouth game through suspension. He is likely to start in midfield alongside Herrera while Rooney, Martial and Mata are likely to keep their places in attacking roles behind Ibrahimovic.
Southampton on the other hand started with a draw in their opening game and will be hoping to repeat their last visit result at Old Trafford when they ran out comfortable winners back in January 2016. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Friday night.
Match Predictions: The way United played in the opening league game it was evident from the start it was a typical Mourinho team and performance. Compact yet versatile going forward with Rooney, Ibrahimovic and Martial linking up nicely. Pogba is likely to start against Southampton and that will only make United harded to defend against. I am going with a comfortable win for United in this one.
Last time the two teams meet was back in late September when Martial had just arrived he was on target twice in a 3-2 win for United at St Mary’s alot depend on his shoulders as we head to this weeks match. here is the short review of the match between this two from September 2015.