It was a bittersweet afternoon for Southampton yesterday as despite going 2-0 up, Saints could only come away with a draw following goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera.
The win would’ve taken Southampton out of the relegation zone but unfortunately for Mark Hughes’ men, they couldn’t keep Man U out.
Yesterday afternoon, Hughes decided to deploy a back five with Yoshida, Stephens and Vestergaard as the three central defenders and for most of the game, it looked as though Southampton were much more comfortable in the formation.
New signing Stuart Armstrong was superb for Hughes and was one of the best players on the pitch. The 26-year-old is beginning to turn into a reliable performer for Hughes and his experience is going to be vital for his side.
Hughes also decided to start academy Michael Obafemi up front but also handed Yan Valery his first league start. Both players were very impressive yesterday and following the game, Hughes praised the two.
There hasn’t been much to shout about for Southampton fans this year as the Saints have struggled to get going this season and have looked as though they might succumb to relegation come the end of the season.
Moreover, for a club that has prided itself with promoting youth players into the academy, there haven’t been many players who have come through into the first-team of late. Yesterday, however, Hughes played two and they were arguably two of the better performers in the side.
Valery joined Saints from Rennes three years ago and could provide some needed dynamism in Hughes’ new look formation, while Obafemi is starting to establish himself as a solid squad member after making his first start in the league.
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