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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has admitted he was ‘shocked’ that they didn’t go on to get a win against Southampton last weekend after coming from behind again.
United travelled to St Mary’s for their first away game of the season after beating Leeds 5-1 at Old Trafford on the opening day and were less than impressive, drawing 1-1 after falling behind once again as they did many times last season when Fred deflected a Che Adams strike beyond David De Gea.
Mason Greenwood equalised in the second half after intricate play from Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the box and United seemed to be in the ascendancy with the commentary team even saying it was ‘a matter of time’ before they scored again. But as the game went on, United fizzled out and Southampton came back into the game.
While United were able to extend their unbeaten away run to 27 games, tying the all-time record, Neville was shocked that they didn’t make it two wins from two games once they did pull it back and thinks the return of fans had something to do with it.
Speaking on his podcast Neville said, “It was a re-run of last season apart from the fact they didn’t come back and win. They went behind so many times away from home last season but then came back to win and I always wondered whether it would be different [with fans back]. Southampton did find that new lease of life in that last 15 minutes with the crowd backing them and singing and maybe that wouldn’t have happened last year.
“It’s only a small sample but United will be very disappointed not coming away from Southampton with a victory. They created good chances in the early parts of the match, but I was shocked in the last 15 minutes that Southampton grew back into the game and looked dangerous.
“I thought that Manchester United after the goal, a fantastically worked goal with Paul Pogba involved, didn’t just go on and take away that second, third and three points. It was a shock to me.”
United will look to break the away record outright when they take on Wolves on Sunday afternoon at Molineux Stadium.
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