Another five goals thriller though the game not so thrill. RVP surely had cast away any doubt about his move to Old Trafford. Smile also on Sir Alex face as he proved that his decision to buy RVP at age 29 that came with price tag of £24m was not a mistake. RVP scored his first hatrick for his new club that brought his goal tally to 100 league goal. He also gave Sir Alex 1000 league match a happier note.
Man United was welcomed back Rio Ferdinand at the back where he once again partnered with Vidic. Another surprised was the inclusion of Lindegaard. De Gea was dropped mainly due his calamity against Fulham that resulted the second goal for visitor in that game.
With the return of Ferdinand, Carrick was back to his original position as the central midfielder. Cleverley also started with Valencia at the right wing. Welbeck was surprisingly been given the left winger position instead of Nani who was at the bench. After losing Young to injury, Nani should claim the spot as the he is natural winger but this was not the case.
Kagawa again played behind RVP to spearhead the attacks. Man United started brightly by dominating the possession. The host was happy to sit deep and tight but ready to pounce Man United on counter attack. But against run of play Southampton scored. Richie Lambert physical obviously troubled Man United backline. He scored through a header after out jumped Rafael.
RVP soon equalise.A perfect cross from Valencia, with help from a defender slip, met RVP at far post. Showing his exquisite skill, RVP chested the ball and made yards for him to shoot.He drilled it hard and low. The shot hit the keeper thigh but still went in. RVP then had another chance. Quick intercept by Evra who squared the ball to him but his attempt went wide. Most Man United fans felt that was the sign that it was not going to be Man United day. How unfortunate as after that Southampton scored their second. This time it was Evra slips that gave an easy header of the second. Man United pressing hard but Southampton stood firm. Then Sir Alex thrown in his best player Scholes. With the evergreen also in was Nani. Scholes quickly changed the game. His first contribution nearly gave Man United the equaliser. His through ball which I believed was his first touch, nicely found RVP. However RVP attempts was blocked by the keeper.
Nani who was actually made the impact. Firstly he reacted first to weak clearance of Saints keeper. He collected the ball and charged forward. Then he squared it to RVP in the middle. Knowing of the incoming challenge against him, RVP was brought down in 18 yards. Penalty. However RVP cheeky shot was save.
Southampton was almost to historical win until 87th minutes. RVP pounced a rebound from Ferdinand header that hit the post. The goal was resulted from the corner taken by Nani. Then in the final minutes RVP stroke again. This time from a header also from a corner taken by Nani.
Well the game not played under Man United usual game. The tempo was a little bit slow. After the introduction of Scholes, Man United stepped up the gear. Cleverley still cannot dictate a game yet. His positioning was great but still lack of vision.