Mourinho sent off as Lukaku fires Manchester United

first_imgIt 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.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku gestures on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on September 23, 2017 © AFP / Glyn KIRKSOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Sep 23 – 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.last_img read more

Express FC narrowly beat Kyetume to register second successive victory

first_imgExpress FC players celebrating Frank Ssenyondo (24)’s winner on Tuesday. (PHOTO/Express FC)Uganda Premier LeagueExpress FC 1-0 KyetumeMandela National Stadium, NambooleTuesday, 08-10-2019Express FC are slowly starting to pick up form and climbing up the Uganda Premier League table.On Tuesday, the Red Eagles defeated Kyetume FC 1-0 at Mandela National Stadium, their second win on the trot.Having beaten Police FC 5-3 last Friday, Express saw Frank Ssenyondo score the only goal of the day, one that means they have now scored an average of three goals per game in their last two fixtures.Ssenyondo who was also on target against Police, poked home the winner from a Disan Ggaliwango cross with halftime beckoning.He now takes his tally to three for the season, level with teammate Frank Kalanda.Despite the victory, Express were left with two major injury concerns as defender Cyrus Kibande was stretchered off during the game while goalkeeper Tony Kyamera limped off the pitch after the final whistle.For Kyetume who were unchanged from the side that beat Tooro United 2-0 last Saturday, they struggled throughout the game before eventually succumbing to defeat,Not even the introduction of the experienced Robert Ssentongo could bare results as they created so little upfront to try and get anything from the game.This is the Slaughters’ third loss of the season and it leaves them 12th on the table with 7 points from six games.Express on the other hand are in 7th position with 10 points from 7 games.In their next fixtures, Express are away to Vipers SC while Kyetume visit Bright Stars.How both teams startedKyetume FC Joel Mutakubwa, Samson Mutyaba, Philimon Lutaaya, Steven Kagoda, Isaac Kirabira, Vincent Kayizzi, Julius Lule, Seif Batte, Noel Nasasira, Sharif SsakaExpress FC Kyamera Tony, Yiga Mohammed, Martin Kizza, Cyrus Kibande, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Doka Mweru, Hamdan Nsubuga, Daniel Shabena, Frank Ssenyondo, Dissan Galiwango, Frank KalandaComments Tags: Disan GgaliwangoExpress FCFrank KalandaFrank SsenyondoKyetume FClast_img read more