Premier League

  • G. Pellè 31’
  • 12’ R. van Persie
  • 71’ R. van Persie
0 Extra Time 0
1 Full Time 2
1 Half Time 1
09/12/2014
Premier League
St. Mary's Stadium
Attendance 31,420

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
      Pelle receives the ball from Mane and plays a give-and-go with Tadic at the top of the box. He then lets fly from 20 yards, completely scuffing his effort so it looks more like a pass for Long, though the Irishman was beaten to it by De Gea.
    • 0'
      Welcome back! The teams will be returning to the pitch for the second half in just a few moments.
    • 0'
      HALF TIME - Southampton 1-1 Manchester United: A nightmare moment for Fonte saw him gift Van Persie the game's opening goal, but the Saints responded positively and got themselves back on level terms through Pelle. The visitors have lost Smalling to injury, but Van Gaal will be expecting more of his
    • 0'
      The teams are out on the pitch at St Mary's. The Saints are in their traditional red and white stripes, while United don their alternate blue kits.
    • 0'
      The Red Devils have not been particularly impressive on the road this season, with just one win from six attempts. That victory came recently against Arsenal, though, suggesting they do have the ability to turn their form around and improve their results away from home. It is something they will nee
    • 0'
      Manchester United substitutes: Lindegaard, Evans, Fletcher, Herrera, Januzaj, Wilson, Falcao.
    • 0'
      Manchester United (3–4-1-2): De Gea; McNair, Smalling, Rojo; Valencia, Fellaini, Carrick, Young; Mata; Rooney, Van Persie.
    • 0'
      Southampton substitutes: K. Davis, Targett, Gardos, Isgrove, Reed, Hesketh, Mayuka.
    • 0'
      Southampton (4-2-3-1): Forster; Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand; S. Davis, Wanyama; Tadic, Long, Mane; Pelle.
    • 0'
      MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS: Wayne Rooney, who has scored five goals in five league starts against Southampton, is back to fitness after missing the midweek clash with Stoke so James Wilson drops to the bench. Louis van Gaal opts to switch to a back three for tonight, and his only other change sees
    • 0'
      SOUTHAMPTON TEAM NEWS: Jack Cork, Toby Alderweireld, Morgan Schneiderlin and James Ward-Prowse are all out with injury, but Dusan Tadic has been passed fit to start. Maya Yoshida comes into the centre defence and Sadio Mane starts in attack.
    • 0'
      The two sides are separated by a single point, either side of the qualifying spots for the Champions League. Ronald Koeman's men enjoyed a bright start to the campaign but have suffered defeats to Manchester City and Arsenal in their most recent outings. United, meanwhile, are looking to make it fiv
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to tonight’s LIVE commentary on the mouthwatering Premier League clash between Southampton and Manchester United. The visitors will be hoping to inflict a third consecutive defeat on the Saints and leapfrog them into third in the table. My name is Tom Webber, and I will be your gui
    • 1'
      We are underway on the south coast!
    • 2'
      The home fans are in good voice tonight, and they've witnessed a positive start from their side. A long ball forward is knocked down in the box by Long and Pelle looks to bring it under control, but the ball doesn't fall for him and the United defence clear. They've shown good variety to their play
    • 3'
      Wanyama looks up for this. The Saints midfielder is coming out on top every time he challenges for the ball, showing great strength to win it and vision to distribute it accurately.
    • 4'
      Bertrand whips a deep cross to the back post from the left wing, and Long leaps above Young to connect with a header. He tries to loop it across goal and inside the far post, only to see his effort drop on the roof of the net for a goal kick.
    • 6'
      Southampton are controlling possession in the opening stages, launching long passes in behind the wing backs and looking to exploit the space. Mane fails to win one such pass but Wanyama is first to the follow-up, and he draws a foul from Fellaini as he shields possession from him.
    • 7'
      McNair is doing a good job of sticking close to Mane, as the winger looks to make the most of the room in behind Valencia. Twice the young centre-back gets across quickly to block his attempts at playing a pass down the wing.
    • 9'
      Rooney picks up the ball on the left and comes inside, seemingly trying to open up space for a shot. He takes too long in possession, though, and Davis speeds in to make a sly challenge and come away with the ball. He moves it on to Long and the Irishman soon surrenders it on the right.
    • 10'
      Smalling follows Pelle as the striker comes short to receive the ball. The Italy international manages to hold off his marker and move possession out to Long on the right. A cross is then bent into the middle but there are no Saints players attacking it, leaving De Gea with a simple collection to ma
    • 11'
      The Red Devils are now beginning to have more of a say in possession, but they are yet to really push forward and threaten the hosts' defence.
    • 12'
      G R. van Persie Assist C. Smalling
    • 12'
      R. van Persie has found the target for Manchester United!
    • 12'
      GOOOOOOOAAAALL!! UNITED LEAD! A calamity at the back for Southampton! Rooney looks to break down the left but his touch beyond Clyne is mopped up by Fonte. However, the Portuguese's attempt to roll the ball back to Forster is intercepted by Van Persie, and the striker takes full advantage by sliding
    • 14'
      Mane rolls the ball down the left for Tadic and continues his run into the box. The Serbian plays a pass back into his feet but Carrick intercepts, having tracked his run from the centre of the park. The resultant corner is met by Pelle at the near post and his header arrows wide of the target.
    • 15'
      Smalling has dropped to ground in the centre of the United half with no one around him. That doesn't look good for the visitors. Evans is already preparing on the touchline and he may have to make an early appearance.
    • 17'
      The England centre-back has gone off the pitch, and play restarts with Evans waiting to make his entrance. United try to get Van Persie on the ball inside the box but the pass into him is slightly overhit and he fails to control it.
    • 18'
      SI J. Evans SO C. Smalling
    • 18'
      Van Gaal gets his team to kick the ball off so that Evans can finally be introduced. The Red Devils are back to their full complement, then.
    • 19'
      Mane uses his pace to get the better of McNair and dart to the byline, but he completely slices his cross and it swerves into the stand behind the goal.
    • 21'
      The Saints are looking fairly rushed in possession when they move into the opposition half. A wayward pass from Pelle sees them lose the ball this time, and Rojo attempts to catch the hosts short at the back with a long pass up to Mata. He sends it too far beyond the Spaniard, though.
    • 23'
      Southampton’s last win over the Red Devils came back in August 2003, with a 1-0 victory at St Mary’s. It's going to take at least two goals from them if they are to repeat that feat tonight.
    • 25'
      McNair is caught in possession under pressure from Tadic and Mane, and the loose ball falls to the latter. He bears down on goal, cutting left and right to work his way onto the box. The Senegalese stumbles as he goes to pull the trigger, though, and United swarm upon the ball to remove the threat.
    • 27'
      Yoshida plays a great ball down the left-hand channel for Tadic to latch onto. The Serbian cuts it back into the box for Pelle, whose rifled shot towards the near post takes a slight deflection. De Gea gets down to his right and gets his body behind it, ensuring the ball stays out of the corner.
    • 29'
      A decent spell of possession for the hosts comes to a fruitless end as no one pulls the trigger from in shooting range. Koeman's men are guilty of trying to be a bit over-elaborate with the ball, and just need to focus on testing De Gea.
    • 30'
      A good battle is developing in midfield between Fellaini and Wanyama. The pair are contesting every loose ball in a physical manner, but the Kenyan just seems to want it a little more than his counterpart at the moment.
    • 31'
      G G. Pellè Assist C. Smalling
    • 33'
      That is a clumsy challenge from Wanyama! The midfielder tries desperately to get back in front of Van Persie with the Dutchman closing in on goal. He catches him from behind and United have a free kick in a central position 35 yards out.
    • 34'
      Mata flights the ball towards the far post, with Fellaini looking to attack it. Forster comes off his line and collects it before the Belgian can connect, though.
    • 35'
      LONG! Tadic's cross is controlled by Mane, who then drops to ground under pressure from Carrick. McNair fails to clear it, though, and the ball drops for the Ireland international who hammers his shot over the top of the goal. That was a great opportunity for the Saints to go ahead!
    • 37'
      Fellaini looks to spread the play and feed Valencia on the right, but his pass runs out for a throw in on the near side for the hosts. That pass was nowhere near the wing back.
    • 37'
      L. Toni hits the net for [team]!
    • 39'
      SI Ander Herrera SO C. Smalling
    • 39'
      Van Gaal is going to shake things up with his second change of the game, as Herrera comes on for McNair. United may stick with the back three for the time being, though, as Carrick has dropped into the defence.
    • 41'
      Davis holds the ball on the top of the box before flicking the ball out wide for the overlapping Long. His pass is just behind the forward, though, and Clyne's attempts to regain possession end with the visitors being awarded a goal kick.
    • 42'
      Evans opens up his stride and surges into space down the centre of the park. He passes into the feet of Van Persie, who spins and spreads play out to Young on the left. The wing back cuts onto his right foot and attempts to find the Dutchman at the back post, but his cross is too high for him.
    • 44'
      Clyne flights a decent cross in from the right and Mane attacks it on the far side of the area. Valencia does just enough to distract the Senegalese, though, and De Gea has the simple job of picking a bouncing effort up from the deck.
    • 45'
      A good series of passes from the hosts earns them a corner on the right. Davis bends it into the box but Fellaini is first to it and he heads to safety. It has been indicated that there will be two minutes of added time at the end of this half.
    • 46'
      We are back underway!
    • 47'
      United fail to clear a corner, with Tadic beating Mata to the ball in order to feed Yoshida. The centre-back shows great agility to shift it into space, but he is closed by Evans before he can get a shot away. The ball seems to take a touch off the visitors' centre-back on its way out, but a goal ki
    • 49'
      Pelle does well to rise above Fellaini and flick a free kick from deep on to Tadic. The Serbian then moves it on to Mane, but the winger sends a wayward pass to the feet of United's Belgian midfielder, and the move breaks down.
    • 51'
      Southampton are building upon their positive start to the half, with Wanyama getting away from Herrera to find Mane. The Senegalese comes back inside and is caught by the Spanish midfielder, earning his side a free kick. It is fired long to Pelle but the Italian fails to get on the end of it.
    • 56'
      Pelle claims for a handball inside the box! The Italian controlled a cross with his chest immaculately, spinning to volley before the ball dropped to ground. It was blocked by Rojo, less than a foot away, and the referee deemed it a fair touch.
    • 58'
      Southampton have a chance to catch the visitors on the break but Pelle hesitates in possession, and when he eventually offloads to Tadic the Serbian has no options. He turns back on himself in order to find Bertrand on the left, but the defender fails to make anything of it.
    • 61'
      Rooney has a woeful attempt at taking a corner. The ball bobbles up from a loose bit of turf, leading to the England captain launching it deep beyond all the bodies in the box.
    • 62'
      Pelle again receives the ball in a central area and he is given time to feed Mane on the left. The winger then looks to roll a pass to the back post for Long to tap home, but Young intercepts with a clearance.
    • 64'
      United have won nine and lost just one of their last 12 league encounters with Southampton. It is the Saints, though, that look more likely to take all three points in this evening.
    • 66'
      Valencia comes across and ends up making a late challenge on Pelle. Southampton have a free kick in a great position out on the left, but the delivery to the back post from Davis isn't the greatest. It falls to a United head first and the hosts settle for a throw on the opposite flank.
    • 70'
      SI J. Hesketh SO C. Smalling
    • 71'
      G R. van Persie Assist C. Smalling
    • 79'
      SI E. Mayuka SO C. Smalling
    • 89'
      SI D. Fletcher SO C. Smalling
    • HALF TIME
    • 45'
      VAN PERSIE! The Dutchman looses a ferocious shot from 20 yards that swings just wide of the post, crashing into the side netting. It is the last effort of the half, though, as the half-time whistle is sounded.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Midfielder
    spain
    Ander Herrera
    21
    39'Substituted

    SUBSTITUTES

    MANAGERS

    austria
    Ralph Hasenhüttl
    norway
    Ole Gunnar Solskjær

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 13 7
    Yellow Cards 2 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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