Odd scenes now as Fellaini chips the ball delicately into the box. Jose cleverly keeping all the good footballers safe on the bench. Does not really time his header - he's just nodded that into the ground. But he may have enjoyed this one. Mentality and desire are crucial but tactically, United have also been poor.
United head to Dubai for warm-weather training before facing at Wembley in the on January 13, with Reading entertaining in the Championship a day prior. Players today are not made of the strong stuff that the players of yesteryear had. When you play against big champions you can make mistakes. Newcastle substitute Jonjo Shelvey struck a wonderful pass to unlock Manchester United with the outside of his right foot in the 60th minute, with Luke Shaw scampering back to deny Ayoze Perez. Replays showed that Herrera was offside — having broken from the wall.
After all, he has scored 5 goals in the past 4 Premier League games. But players are more sensitive these days. Atsu lacks conviction Atsu displayed excellent movement and a sure touch as he made hay down the Manchester United right during the opening stages. The Blues looked set to reach the semi-finals when they entered the closing stages of our clash at Meadow Park with a 1-0 lead - but with just over five minutes remaining, van de Donk made a darting run into the box and equalised with a fine diving header. The move inevitably slowed down and Southampton got back into their defensive shape. I tried to give my players more opportunities by playing with two strikers and Ryan Babel in behind.
They were the better team, whatever Mourinho claimed, and created the better chances. From a Manchester United attack, the Cottagers broke quickly and Andre Schurrle picked out Luciano Vietto at the back post. Pereira out of sorts Andreas Pereira was caught in possession one too many times in the first half, once on the edge of his own penalty area. Alli should leave the scoring up to Kane, Eriksen, and Son and help Sissoko keep Man United quiet. There is the argument that United have effectively been free-rolling and playing with little pressure since Solskjaer's arrival, but the 46-year-old has already achieved more than what was expected from him and there is every suggestion that there is more to come. We didn't create anything very dangerous and the penalty finished the match. Tottenham remain third after this defeat, but the gap to first place Liverpool is nine points while United are six points adrift of fourth place Chelsea.
United were indebted to David De Gea's heroics as he made a string of second half saves to maintain his side's advantage -- making more saves 11 in that 45 minutes than any other goalkeeper had made in an entire Premier League match this season. United hold a dominant record in this fixture since 1999, with 16 triumphs coming from a total of 20 contests in all competitions. They have now gone four league matches without gaining maximum points and are eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Romelu Lukaku made a swift impact from the bench for a second consecutive match as beat 2-0 at St James' Park. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: The first 10 minutes we made it hard for ourselves but the last 80 minutes pleased me.
However, teams such as Benitez's meagrely resourced assortment have to thrive on half chances against high-class opponents. It exploded into life midway through the half as Mustafi met a Lucas Torreira corner, his header bouncing up off the turf. Spurs have won 6 out of their last 7 matches. When you win games, you're always happy and I think the crowd will enjoy the trip home. That manager laid down the law.
Key Opta facts: Article continues below 4 - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is only the second manager in Manchester United history to win his first four league games in charge of the club, after Matt Busby in 1946. That was as good as it got for Fulham who showed no signs of repeating their incredible comeback from two goals down to beat Brighton in their previous home match. Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba: We've played better but getting two quick goals in the first half changed the game. Andy Yiadom was denied by Romero at his near post as United continued to struggle, but a stray pass from John Swift proved costly in first-half injury time, with Lukaku rounding Jaakkola to make it 2-0 from Sanchez's throughball. It was harsh on Reading, who had started better, and they should have been level when Danny Loader made a mess of a one-on-one with Sergio Romero after Lukaku was denied by Anssi Jaakkola at the other end. The wing-backs have to get ahead of the ball when in possession to create width, which creates space for the forwards or midfielders to receive the ball in.
We will work to try and win our next two games. We know how good Paul Pogba is and he scored a great goal. A fun, messy and frantic match, highly enjoyable stuff. In a statement on their website Charlton have asked fans for donations at the game. This ensured that we maintained our perfect run in the competition, having defeated West Ham 3-1 , Lewes 9-0 , Charlton 5-0 and Millwall 3-1 in the group stage. Where the Clubs Stand Talk to just about any Manchester United supporter and they will say they have a great chance at coming away with three points. Such a shift in momentum was deemed unthinkable when Mourinho left in the middle of December, but it would now be considered a surprise if United do not move ahead of the London duo in the coming weeks.