Mourinho sent off as Lukaku fires United

Mourinho sent off as Lukaku fires United
Romelu Lukaku fired Manchester United to a 1- 0 win over Southampton as Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands at St
Mary’ s on Saturday.
Lukaku scored the only goal of the game in the first half , but United had to survive a late barrage of Southampton
pressure that played a role in Mourinho ’ s dismissal.

It was an indication of the visitors’ anxiety that United boss Mourinho was dismissed by referee Craig Pawson in
stoppage- time, apparently for encroaching onto the pitch during a Southampton attack .

United and Mourinho are second behind Manchester City on goal difference after the leaders crushed Crystal Palace.
But they can console themselves with the fact that a fifth victory in six matches gave them a club record- equalling 16
points at this stage of a Premier League campaign .

Southampton have now failed to score in nine of their past 10 home games, and their manager Mauricio Pellegrino,
formerly with Valencia, has failed to best Mourinho , the ex – Real Madrid coach, in five attempts .
United were on top from the first kick and could have had an early penalty when Wesley Hoedt grabbed handfuls of
Marouane Fellaini’ s shirt as Juan Mata ’ s corner came over .

Instead, Pawson gave a free kick against Fellaini for reasons best known to himself .
It was no surprise when United took the lead after 20 minutes .

Ashley Young swung the ball over towards the far post and Belgian striker Lukaku jumped above Ryan Bertrand to head
goalwards .

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster could only parry and Lukaku reacted more quickly than the dozing defenders to
convert the rebound .

Frustrations
Saints could not deal with United’ s movement and when Maya Yoshida brought Mata down 22 yards out, Marcus Rashford
hit a clever free kick that dipped inches wide of Forster ’ s right- hand post .
Time and again United broke at pace, players rushing forward to support the attack .

In contrast , Southampton often had only Shane Long forward, and his frustrations came out in the form of a nasty kick
at Fellaini , for which he was booked .

United were so much in charge that they would have been annoyed to be only a single goal ahead at half-time , but
perhaps it had been too easy .
Their players had not been forced to work hard and seemed to show little sense of urgency to get shots on goal .
They almost paid the price five minutes into the second half.
A flick by Yoshida from a Southampton corner was half-blocked and the rebound fell to Oriol Romeu , who somehow
managed to stab the ball wide from three yards out.

That near miss inspired Southampton and they began to attack in greater numbers .
Nathan Redmond cut inside Antonio Valencia and hit a shot that United goalkeeper David De Gea held only at the second
attempt.
And Long appealed in vain for a penalty when he was nudged from behind by Phil Jones as they chased a long forward
pass.

Fellaini was in the right place to nod a header by Romeu off United’ s goal line, and a pass from Dusan Tadic to Romeu ,
only for the Spanish midfield player to shoot across goal and wide again.

Substitute Ander Herrera missed a chance to settle United’ s nerves and , perhaps, the match but shot a foot high from 18
yards.