Manchester United could not follow the win on the opening weekend against Leeds another three points.

Sunday’s game against Southampton ended in a 1-1 draw, with United missing a clinical lead on goal.

United lost control of the game for spells at the end of both halves after dominating each of them early on.

After the equalizer, there was a while when the second goal seemed inevitable and then United lost.

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Expected goals

Notably, United had more Expected Goals against Southampton than they did against Leeds.

At the season opener at Old Trafford, United’s expected number of goals was 1.47 based on the quality of the chances created.

Against Southampton, United’s expected number of goals was 1.53, according to FotMob.

United scored five against Leeds and only one against Southampton.

It showed that United were just a lot more clinical against Leeds and although we were outplayed in sections against Southampton, we created enough quality chances to win the game.

Mason Greenwood equalized and missed a free header in the box that would have won the game.

Paul Pogba also headed from a corner in the first half while Anthony Martial cleared a header off the line, which he should have done better.

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Outstanding against Leeds

It also highlights how phenomenal and ruthless United were in beating Leeds 5-1.

United were clinical and one of the differences in the two games was that Bruno Fernandes had three chances and he hit all three.

Fernandes didn’t have a clear chance to take advantage of against Southampton as most of United’s best chances came from crosses and set pieces.

This was a game Edinson Cavani thrived in last season and probably would have made all the difference during that time if he’d been ready to play.

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