Premier League

  • Z. Ibrahimović 36’
1 Half Time 0
Premier League
Old Trafford
Attendance 75,326


    • KICK OFF
    • 90'
      That's it! The full-time whistle is blown!
    • 45'
      HALF-TIME: Manchester United 1-0 Southampton
    • 90'
      CHANCE! Mkhitaryan does well to launch a counterattack and eventually find Pogba 20 yards from goal. The midfielder shoots wide after making a supporting run - a goal there would have been the perfect ending for United!
    • 90'
      Bailly makes a rare mistake in trying to usher the ball out of play under pressure from Rodriguez, but Valencia is there to sweep up.
    • 0'
      That concludes our live coverage this evening. Thank you for joining us!
    • 0'
      Manchester United record a comfortable victory thanks to a goal in each half - a header and a penalty - from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Despite having less of the ball, United were deserving winners and Paul Pogba played the full match, putting in a strong performance on his return to the club. Jose Mourin
    • 0'
      FULL-TIME: Manchester United 2-0 Southampton
    • 0'
      Another interesting nugget from Opta: Manchester United have never lost a Premier League game that they have been leading at half-time at Old Trafford (252 games before tonight - W238 D14).
    • 0'
      OPTA STAT: Three of Ibrahimovic's last five league goals have been with his head - this after none of his previous 19 had come through headers.
    • 0'
      A relatively quiet first period was lit up by the goal. Otherwise, possession has been relatively even (Southampton have 53%), while United have had three attempts on target compared to the Saints' one. Pogba has looked increasingly lively and enjoyed some good moments.
    • 0'
      Ibrahimovic's 36th-minute header from an excellent Rooney cross has United 1-0 up at Old Trafford after 45 minutes.
    • 0'
      Southampton make two alterations. In come Hojbjerg and captain Fonte – who has been linked with United in rumours discussed by Puel in his pre-match media conference - in place of Ward-Prowse and Yoshida.
    • 0'
      So, United's only change sees Pogba come into the team at the expense of Herrera. Key centre-back Smalling returns to the bench, where new signing Mkhitaryan remains.
    • 0'
      Substitutes: McCarthy, Yoshida, Clasie, Rodriguez, Austin, Ward-Prowse, Pied.
    • 0'
      Southampton team (4-4-2 diamond): Forster, Cedric, Fonte, Van Dijk, Targett; Romeu, Hojbjerg, Davis, Tadic; Redmond, Long.
    • 0'
      Substitutes: Romero, Smalling, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Schneiderlin, Young, Rashford.
    • 0'
      Manchester United team (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Fellaini, Pogba; Mata, Rooney, Martial; Ibrahimovic.
    • 0'
      BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Paul Pogba starts for Manchester United. The world-record signing will make his second debut for the club from the starting XI.
    • 0'
      The Saints drew 1-1 at home to Watford last week to kick-off their season and face a tough task to register their first victory tonight, although they did win 1-0 at Old Trafford the last time these two teams met in January.
    • 0'
      Southampton, meanwhile, have had another off-season of heavy staff turnover. Claude Puel has replaced Ronald Koeman at the helm as he attempts to re-build a squad that has lost key trio Sadio Mane, Graziano Pelle and Victor Wanyama.
    • 0'
      Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hit the ground running, netting in both of those matches. Tonight, we look forward to the second United debut for another of their star signings, world-record buy Paul Pogba.
    • 0'
      Manchester United have enjoyed a great start to life under Jose Mourinho, defeating Leicester City in the Community Shield before recording a 3-1 win at Bournemouth last weekend.
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford.
    • 1'
      Manchester United get the match under way at Old Trafford!
    • 2'
      Early free-kick for Southampton in a dangerous area after Valencia concedes a foul, but it is fired straight into the wall by Tadic.
    • 4'
      Good work from Valencia down United's right creates an early chance from a corner, but Southampton are able to clear.
    • 6'
      More good possession from United, but their passing move breaks down when Ibrahimovic is flagged for offside.
    • 8'
      A brief break in play as Romeu is down injured for Southampton and receiving treatment from the physio.
    • 9'
      Play resumes with United back on the ball. Romeu appears to be continuing for now.
    • 10'
      Another corner for United as a clever throughball by Blind is put behind by a sliding Davis.
    • 12'
      SI J. Clasie SO Oriol Romeu
    • 12'
      The corner comes to nothing as Southampton clear after a further delay for Romeu.
    • 12'
      No, Romeu will not be able to continue in a blow for Southampton. Clasie is on.
    • 13'
      SAVE! Ibrahimovic finds Pogba, whose shot from the corner of the penalty area is straight into the arms of Forster.
    • 15'
      CHANCE! Tadic slices an effort well wide at the other end after Targett's cross is fully not dealt with by Blind.
    • 16'
      Good work from Bailly snuffs out a Southampton attack down the right.
    • 17'
      We have not come close to a breakthrough in the early stages, with Pogba's shot which was saved by Forster the only attempt on target from either team so far.
    • 19'
      CHANCE! Redmond is freed down the right in a neat passing move, but his cross is tantalisingly too high for Tadic at the far post.
    • 20'
      United attempt to counterattack but the move runs out of steam as Ibrahimovic turns into a crowd of defenders.
    • 21'
      Rooney twists and turns in the box, but his left-footed cross is gathered by Forster.
    • 23'
      A great challenge from Fonte on Martial on the left ends another United attempt to launch a break.
    • 25'
      A good period of patient Southampton passing breaks down at the edge of the United area.
    • 26'
      CHANCE! Long turns and shoots into the side-netting after Redmond's header keeps the ball alive in the area following Davis' deep free-kick. Best chance for the Saints so far.
    • 28'
      ​​OPTA STAT: While at PSG, Ibrahimovic scored 11 Ligue 1 goals against Nice, all while Puel was manager. This tally was more than against any other Ligue 1 club during his spell there and includes two hat-tricks. Will he haunt the Southampton boss again tonight?
    • 29'
      CHANCE! Pogba's chipped pass is headed on by Mata and an acrobatic effort from Ibrahimovic flies wide. Better from United.
    • 30'
      Mata finds Ibrahimovic on the right and Van Dijk gets back to block the Swede's attempted cross, which goes out for a corner. Rooney takes it, but Southampton clear.
    • 31'
      Both the Saints and United have had two shots in a quiet first half-hour - Pogba's strike for Mourinho's men has been the only effort on target, though. Southampton are having more of the possession (59%).
    • 33'
      SAVE! Long tamely shots straight at De Gea after Redmond and Tadic had seized on a loose Mata pass in United's midfield.
    • 34'
      SAVE! Pogba feeds Rooney around 30 yards from goal and the United captain shoots straight at Forster.
    • 35'
      United seeing a lot more of the ball as the first half nears its latter stages.
    • 36'
      G Z. Ibrahimović Assist Oriol Romeu
    • 36'
      GOAL!!! Valencia feeds Rooney on the right and his cross picks out strike partner Ibrahimovic around 12 yards out. United's number nine makes no mistake, getting above Fonte and thumping a header past Forster into the far corner. 1-0!
    • 36'
      A precise cross from Rooney after he was given plenty of time to deliver, but Ibrahimovic still had plenty to do.
    • 38'
      Davis looks for Long at the other end but the cross eludes the striker.
    • 39'
      OPTA STAT: Ibrahimovic has scored 29 goals in his last 20 league appearances at home (Ligue 1 & Premier League combined).
    • 41'
      Fellaini gets into the box but he had just carried the ball out of play prior to crossing. It looks like United are going to go into the break ahead.
    • 43'
      An impressive surging run from Pogba leads to him finding Martial in space on the left, but the visitors are able to head clear. Puel's men need half-time to come.
    • 44'
      CHANCE! Davis fires well over from 20 yards having been found by Tadic.
    • 45'
      Two minutes of additional time have been indicated by the fourth official.
    • 46'
      Southampton kick off and the second half has begun.
    • 47'
      Shaw marauds forward and finds Mata, but the playmaker shoots well off-target.
    • 49'
      GOAL DISALLOWED! Tadic heads into the net but the assistant had his flag raised.
    • 50'
      SAVE! Martial breezes past Cedric and forces Forster into a diving save. Better from the France forward, who was reasonably subdued in the opening period.
    • 51'
      PENALTY TO MANCHESTER UNITED!! Shaw drives into the box and is tripped by Clasie. Ibrahimovic will take it...
    • 52'
      GOAL!!! Ibrahimovic scores!! The striker calmly sends Forster the wrong way and celebrates with Pogba. 2-0 United!!
    • 53'
      That's four goals in three games for Ibrahimovic at Manchester United. No wonder Mourinho wants to keep him for longer than one season!
    • 55'
      United enjoying a good spell of possession and they now look to be in complete control.
    • 56'
      OPTA STAT: Ibrahimovic has scored 25 of his last 28 penalties at club level.
    • 57'
      Southampton press and probe down the left and enjoy a solid spell of pressure, with United struggling to clear their lines. The visitors need a prompt response to Ibrahimovic's second.
    • 58'
      CHANCE! Cedric's cross finds Redmond unmarked at the far post but he rushses a shot wide as a number of United defenders race to close him down.
    • 61'
      CHANCE! A bad night for Clasie does not improve as he fires over after Van Dijk and Redmond had worked hard to create an opening for him just outside the box.
    • 62'
      OPTA STAT: Manchester United have failed to win any of their last three home Premier League games against Southampton (D1 L2). It looks like that run is coming to an end.
    • 63'
      Mata wins a corner for United, which it looks like he will take himself.
    • 64'
      CHANCE! Pogba gets up well to meet Mata's delivery six yards out, although he can only head over the bar. That was a decent chance and the France international shows his frustration.
    • 65'
      BIG CHANCE!! Fellaini finds Rooney and he releases Martial with a neat pass. The forward looks destined to score but takes one touch too many and allows Van Dijk to make a crucial block. That should have been game over.
    • 66'
      Ibrahimovic felt Martial should have passed to him in that previous opening and he will again not be pleased with his team-mate here as the Frenchman controls his cross in the area only to lose possession.
    • 67'
      SI C. Austin SO Oriol Romeu
    • 67'
      Davis is off after a poor outing and striker Austin comes on to replace him as Puel desperately looks for a goal.
    • 68'
      OPTA STAT: After six successive Premier League shutouts between January and February 2016, Southampton have now gone 14 Premier League games without keeping a clean sheet.
    • 69'
      CHANCE! The impressive Valencia breezes past Targett and picks out Ibrahimovic at the far post. It looks like the Swede is set for a hat-trick but he surprisingly delivers a tame header which Van Dijk is able to clear. The flag then goes up as Rooney had drifted offside in the middle.
    • 71'
      Southampton continue to edge possession (53%), but have still only had one shot on target. United have been far more purposeful in attack and a third goal looks possible.
    • 72'
      Mourinho is yet to use any of his subs. While that reflects his team's solid performance, you would imagine he would like to give a couple of his key players a break soon with the result looking safe.
    • 74'
      Pogba, Mata and Blind all make important clearances as Southampton produce a good spell of pressure.
    • 75'
      BIG CHANCE! Southampton could have had a goal back there. An excellent Cedric cross from the right is met in the air by Long, but his effort flashes just past the far post.
    • 76'
      SI H. Mkhitaryan SO Oriol Romeu
    • 76'
      On comes Mkhitaryan in Mourinho's first change. Can he earn himself a starting spot in this brief cameo?
    • 77'
      CHANCE! A good run and shot from Pogba, whose attempt falls just wide of Forster's post.
    • 78'
      CHANCE! Van Dijk heads over from Hojbjerg's delivery as the clock continues to work against Southampton.
    • 79'
      Martial's pass is just too heavy for Ibrahimovic as United threaten on the break.
    • 81'
      Bailly clears for the hosts as another spell of Southampton pressure comes to nothing.
    • 82'
      SI Ander Herrera SO Oriol Romeu
    • 82'
      Herrera replaces Martial. He looks to have assumed the number 10 position with Rooney slipping out to the left.
    • 83'
      Bailly gets down to make an important sliding block from Targett's low cross.
    • 84'
      SI J. Rodriguez SO Oriol Romeu
    • 84'
      Long's night comes to a premature end after he failed to make the most of Southampton's best opportunities in each half.
    • 86'
      Southampton continue to have most of the ball in the closing stages but they are not looking like they will breach the United defence.
    • 87'
      CHANCE! Redmond and Targett combine to find Tadic, who curls a left-footed effort narrowly wide.
    • 89'
      SI C. Smalling SO Oriol Romeu
    • 89'
      Smalling is on for Rooney as Mourinho shuts up shop for the final few minutes. That means Pogba will complete the full match on his return.
    • 90'
      There will be three minutes of added time at Old Trafford.

    Line Up

    Cédric Soares


    Oriol Romeu


    Ole Gunnar Solskjær
    Ralph Hasenhüttl



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


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


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


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


    Fouls Conceded 11 7
    Yellow Cards 0 0
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

    Connect with The World Game

    • Subscribe
    • App
    • Follow
    • Listen
    • Watch