Fred gives away a free-kick after 20-odd seconds. The free-kick is 35 yards out, in the inside-left channel, and Ward-Prowse tries to catch de Gea out with a surprise shot towards the near post. De Gea, who was indeed surprised, dives to his right and pushed it behind for a corner.
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That was an absurd incident. At least two players, Maguire and McCarthy, lost their footing, and then Salisu almost kneed it into his own net while trying to clear. Happily for him, Livramento was on the line and able to clear.
Some good early pressing from Southampton, as you’d expect. Armstrong robs Maguire and wins a corner, this time on the right. Ward-Prowse’s outswinger is cleared.
It’s been a high-energy start from Southampton, who are picking their moments to press on what is a fairly warm day. United haven’t got going yet.
— DUNCAN NDEGE ™ ? (@NdegeDun) August 22, 2021