The Saints got their just rewards for a strong performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford by recording a 1-1 draw.
Southampton started the weekend in fourth place, four points ahead of reigning champions Manchester United.
The Saints went to Old Trafford full of confidence and a 1-1 draw was a fair result for the South coast side. Here are five Southampton observations from the game.
Pressing high up the pitch an excellent tactic
Southampton have adopted a high pressing game in Mauricio Pochettino’s time at the club and it worked well once more against United.
Especially in the first-half, the tireless closing of the Saints’ attackers and midfielders limited the United players’ time on the ball, helped the visitors to win the ball back and resulted in a number of chances being created.
Strong central midfield partnership
Victor Wanyama’s relentless work-rate has been a key reason why Southampton have had the best defensive record in the Premier League, and the Kenyan put in another lung-busting performance at Old Trafford.
Morgan Schneiderlin has been one of the unsung heroes of Southampton’s rise to prominence, and the French midfielder showed great poise on the ball and an excellent range of passing at Old Trafford.
Together, the pair will give any central midfield partnership in the division a hard day this term.
Luke Shaw living up to the hype
Arguably the brightest of the latest group of Southampton youth team graduates, Shaw put in another composed performance at left back for the Saints. His ability to marshal opposition wingers, his positioning and composure on the ball were impressive at Old Trafford.
It is understandable that some of the bigger teams in the Premier League have been linked with Shaw, and the teenager certainly has a bright future ahead of him.
Lallana a candidate for England
Adam Lallana continues to put a case forward that he could warrant a place in the national set-up, as the attacking midfielder’s technique and ability is a key component of Southampton’s play.
Importantly, Lallana looks more confidence with every game that passes and he should be a player that Roy Hodgson has on his radar.
Strength in depth
Southampton’s clever recruitment over the summer has given Pochettino options throughout his side, and the Saints’ squad looks a lot stronger than this time last year.
It is a testament to the Southampton squad that Rickie Lambert, an England international, could be left on the bench at Old Trafford. Meanwhile excellent players such as James Ward-Prowse and Gaston Ramirez were also missing from the starting XI.
It remains to be seen just how far Southampton can go this term, but Pochettino’s men are an exciting and technically gifted o
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