Sunday’s second half was miserable, but it is now history. Conventional wisdom has it that it’s good at least that we get a quick chance to get back on the horse, bag another three points and, Mourinho dependant this so don’t hold your breath, maybe leap back above the spawny gooners
Managerless Southampton stand between us and achieving our part of that particular scenario. Such is Man Utd’s stock currently that earning a battling draw against them at the weekend wasn’t enough to save Sparky from packing the framed pictures of his dogs into a cardboard box and unplugging his charger from the wall.
The first man to be sacked by two Premier League clubs in one calendar year. Quite an achievement. Not his fault I’m sure that they haven’t won since September 1st.
Claude Puel probably had as much to do with Hughes’s firing as anyone. Those in charge at St Mary’s will most likely feel that they nearly left it too late last season so have made sure that the new incumbent this season has enough time, and a transfer window, to make a difference.
Hughes will probably get another job before too long, beats me how though.
Kelvin Davis has been put in charge for tonight’s game. He’ll be hoping that his temporary charges feel the need to try and impress the new man, even though they don’t know who he is yet.
Despite our list of injuries and because of Vertonghen’s suspension, Poch will ring the changes. Rose may start instead of Davies, Trips instead of Aurier. Sanchez’s absence means that Foyth will get another go alongside Toby. Winks will probably swap with Sissoko and Lucas with Son or Eriksen. That’s my guess anyway.
It’s wrong to read too much into Sunday, disappointing as it was. We know we’re not the finished article, we know that they’ve improved minus Wenger. Conceding four was a surprise though. The lack of silly errors at the back was a hallmark of our team a couple seasons ago, Aurier, Jan and Foyth at least were all guilty at the weekend, Lloris and Dier have also been on the naughty step of late. We need to tighten up.
Stuart Armstrong has caught the eye in Southampton’s last couple of games and Ings and Austin are capable of nicking a goal, at least one of them is normally injured however. It’s hard to get excited about the rest of their side but that’s no cause to get cocky. Remember last year’s draw against managerless West Brom. Every dog has his day.
Anthony Taylor is the match referee.
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