Romelu Lukaku saves the day for Manchester United against Southampton

Romelu Lukaku saves the day for Manchester United against Southampton

Romelu Lukaku struck a dramatic 89th-minute victor as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer´s Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday to leapfrog Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League. There were several beautifully taken goals, evenly spread across both teams.

To their credit, Ralph Hasenhuttl's Saints side was not done there, and they were level with a free kick from James Ward-Prowse, before the Belgium global won the match for United late on.

The standard of refereeing on show was distinctly sub-par with two relatively obvious penalty shouts turned down for the Saints.

It was a late gut punch for the visitors, in a game which could easily have got away from Saints in the early stages was it not for their goalkeeper Angus Gunn, who superbly denied Lukaku twice within the opening five minutes.


"I'm so pleased for him, so happy", he said.

Old Trafford bore witness to an electrifying encounter on Saturday afternoon, when Andreas Pereira's stunner and a thumping Romelu Lukaku strike cancelled out an outrageous first-half effort by Yan Valery.

United travel to Paris ahead of Wednesday's clash with Ligue 1 giants PSG in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16, with the Red Devils looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.

His double against Palace on Wednesday started United on their way to yet another victory as they set a club record for consecutive away wins, before he played an even more crucial role in the comeback victory over Southampton.


The Norwegian is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying: "We don't know yet". "We haven't checked it too much, it might be the ligament bad knock on his knee". We spoke about it at half-time and said get the ball in the box and play more forward because the Stretford End will suck it in for you. "My first Premier League goal, and in a hard game, so I'm very happy".

"I think the badge speaks for itself when we talk about comebacks, desire and attitude, and for us it was just another game that we gave everything in". Very close but it was and with VAR maybe the result will be a different one.

"Mainly in the first half but also in the second half we showed that we were very, very focused on our match plan and we wanted to get something here".

Romelu Lukaku has perhaps rightly received a huge amount of criticism during his spell at Manchester United but there is no doubt that the Belgian forward is a goalscorer.


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