The Manchester United striker discovered himself serenaded via the travelling supporters with a music so particular in its estimate of 1 side of his bodily prowess that United issued a observation pronouncing they “will take further action against individuals if this continues”.
And in any case he used to be left at the back of via the workforce trainer as, most likely dehydrated via his full of life operating on a scorching day in Hampshire, he laboured in useless to offer a pattern for the required medication take a look at till his team-mates had no selection however to go away for the airport.
But the file books will simplest observe Lukaku’s objective and the 3 issues it received. As Ashley Young’s pass from the left bent in after 19 mins, the large Belgian brushed apart Wesley Hoedt and simply received an aerial duel against Ryan Bertrand.
England goalkeeper Fraser Forster may now not cling his header and he used to be first to the rebound forward of 3 defenders.
It used to be Lukaku’s 6th Premier League objective of the season in as many video games and supervisor Jose Mourinho, harshly despatched to the stand overdue on for encroaching at the box of play, admitted the Belgium striker had exceeded his expectancies, which is a few observation to make after paying £75million for him.
“I knew he would always score goals,” Mourinho stated. “I knew he would always score more goals for us than for Everton or West Bromwich Albion. That’s logic. But I was not expecting him to be, match after match, putting the ball in the net.”
Maya Yoshida, the Saints defender, stated that going through Lukaku is “really tough – like when we conceded, if they put the ball in the penalty box it is really difficult to stop him. We were pushing up and trying to take him away. One or two times we couldn’t do it and he scored.”
Manchester United megastar Lukaku used to be simplest denied a 2d via Forster’s outstretched leg, however even along with his unmarried strike his scoring shape throws Southampton’s struggles in entrance of objective at St Mary’s into sharp reduction.
Including the again finish of final season, Saints have failed to attain in 9 in their previous 10 house video games in all competitions, the one exception being a Three-2 victory final month over a West Ham aspect with an exceptionally beneficiant defence.
On Saturday, Shane Long used to be an remoted determine up entrance for many of the sport and despite the fact that extra herbal marksmen in Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini had been despatched on overdue, Mourinho countered via including Chris Smalling to his again line and United hung on.
“We have to be more clinical for sure,” Yoshida stated. “But defensively we did much better than last season. So the way we are going is not wrong.”
SOUTHAMPTON (Four-2-Three-1): Forster 6; Cedric 7 (Ward-Prowse 83), Hoedt 7, Yoshida 7, Bertrand 6; Lemina 7, Romeu 7; Tadic 6, Davis five (Gabbiadini 73, five), Redmond 6; Long five (Austin 83).Booked: Long. NEXT UP: Stoke (a) Sat, PL
MANCHESTER UNITED (Four-2-Three-1): De Gea 7; Valencia 6, Bailly 7, Jones 6, Young 7; Matic 6, Fellaini 7; Mata 7 (Herrera 63, five), Mkhitaryan 7 (Smalling 75, 6), Rashford 7 (Blind 90); Lukaku 7. Booked: Young, Valencia, Lukaku, Herrera. NEXT UP: CSKA Moscow (a) Wed, CL.
Referee: C Pawson.