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Southampton 1-3 Man Utd

They say the true test of a championship winning side is to play badly and get results anyway. The first half today was a perfect example of United going in at half time winning when they deserved to be losing. Poor marking had gifted the Saints an early lead and thanks to the cross bar and post United only conceded one in the early stages.

Yet it only takes a second to score a goal and Ruud was on hand to equalise sending the travelling fans wild. The Dutchman has been an awesome signing and scores consistently when he plays. One chance, one goal, and United were back in the game.

On the stroke of half time, and against the run of play, Becks showed why we love him so much. First free kick in range for him and it flew into the net silencing the home fans.

On the subject of the home fans, I have to admit I was impressed by their atmosphere. Very often when you go to a new stadium the crowd are part timers who never went to football until the new shiny stadium opened. And when you consider then this stadium had at least 10,000 more than the Dell you have to wonder where the extra fans came from. Yet we seem to be placed next to the Southampton hard core who did well to make a bit of noise in the first half. United as usual drowned out the home crowd with all the usual taunts including ‘you’re just a small town in Portsmouth.’

The second half started brightly and United started to pass the ball around a lot better, even Veron who had a terrible first half started getting involved. Eventually a great move involving Ruud (of course!) led to Solskjaer getting the third and after that the flood gates opened. United flowed forwards wonderfully ripping the Saints apart and were close to scoring a few more.

The final whistle went and no one could complain about the result. In the end United had shown their class and we left more than contented.

I should also mention the paranoid stewards who were terrified of a pitch invasion following the Villa game. They lined up in ridiculous numbers fearing the worst to which we all sang ‘now every single on eof us is going on the pitch’ to their horror! But it was all just a laugh and we left peacefully in time ot get back to the car and hear the scousers drop more points.

Are you watching merseyside?!

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