Relegation-threatened Southampton are in the lead against Manchester United, thanks in no small part to an Irish debutant.
Some early chances were available in what is a must-win game for both sides at St. Mary’s.
Romelu Lukaku has yet to score in the league since mid-September, and he really should have punished an early error from Saints keeper Alex McCarthy.
Then Irish teenager Michael Obafemi combined well with Nathan Redmond to create a chance but to no avail.
After some substitute appearances, Obafemi is making his first ever Premier League start. The 18-year-old didn’t have long to wait to make an impact in his starting bow.
On the 13 minute mark, Redmond showcased some fine strength and dribbling to get past a number of defenders abefore finding Obafemi just inside the box.
The striker did well to step away from the United players around him to successfully set up Stuart Armstrong on the right. The former Celtic star fired it past David de Gea to give Mark Hughes’ side a priceless early lead.
Cedric Soares then doubled Southampton’s lead within 20 minutes to compound United’s misery.