Saints held by United

St Mary's Stadium | Wed 17 May 7.45PM | Attendance: 31,425
Match Report Highlights

Saints v MUN Match Centre

Saints v MUN As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Jay Rodriguez, Jérémy Pied and Sofiane Boufal are all introduced in the second half
  • Manolo Gabbiadini saw his early penalty saved by Sergio Romero
  • Matt Targett returns to the starting line up for Southampton
  • Southampton host Manchester United at St Mary's (7:45pm KO)

That's it!

It finishes level here at St Mary's. Manolo Gabbiadini had the chance of the game from the penalty spot in the first half, but the Italian was denied by a fine save from Sergio Romero. 

21.36
90’

Four minutes to be added on

Come on, Saints! 😇

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Boufal looks for an opening 👀

Sofiane Boufal goes in search of an opener as we approach the closing stages here at St Mary's. 

83’

And Boufal!

Saints are really piling on the pressure here. Dušan Tadić and Sofiane Boufal link up before the latter strikes over from the edge of the area. 

81’

Rodriguez so close!

Oriol Romeu plays the ball into the feet of Jay Rodriguez who swivels and fires a strike at goal, but it whistles past the far post!

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Tadić swings one in

Dušan Tadić delivers a corner from the right as Saints go in search of the opener. 

76’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces James Ward-Prowse

And a final change for Saints as Sofiane Boufal is introduced. 

74’

Manchester United substitution: Ander Herrera replaces Marouane Fellaini

José Mourinho makes his final change of the evening. 

74’

Off the post

United respond down the other end and Anthony Martial strikes the foot of Fraser Forster's post before Henrikh Mkhitaryan fires over the rebound. 

71’

Prowsey again!

Fantastic work from Nathan Redmond on the right allows him to cross for James Ward-Prowse inside the area, but the Academy graduate's strike is blocked right at the crucial moment!

69’

Southampton substitution: Jérémy Pied replaces Cédric

Cédric is forced off due to injury, but is replaced by Jérémy Pied.

68’

Manchester United substitution: Marcus Rashford replaces Juan Mata

Marcus Rashford is introduced for United at the expense of Juan Mata.

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Keep battling, lads! 💪

Nathan Redmond gets up high to win a header for Saints.

63’

Manchester United substitution: Michael Carrick replaces Axel Tuanzebe

José Mourinho responds by making his first change.

62’

Southampton substitution: Jay Rodriguez replaces Manolo Gabbiadini

Claude Puel makes his first change of the evening. 

61’

Rooney...

Wayne Rooney shifts the ball into space on the edge of the penalty area and curls towards the far post, but it falls well wide.

59’

Ward-Prowse denied!

Sergio Romero leaps to his left and pushes James Ward-Prowse's curling effort behind for a corner. Some stop!

56’

Romeu from close range

Nathan Redmond toe-pokes the ball to Oriol Romeu in the penalty area and the Spaniard gets a shot off at goal, but it is not enough to beat Sergio Romero. 

52’

Tadić denied!

The free-kick is laid off to Dušan Tadić who rifles a bending effort at goal, but Sergio Romero beats it away.

50’

Yellow Card for Phil Jones (Manchester United)

Cédric beats Phil Jones to the ball and is upended on the edge of the penalty area. Jones quite rightly goes into the book. 

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We are back under way!

The visitors get us back under way here at St Mary's.

HT

It's level at the break

It's goalless here at the interval. Manolo Gabbiadini had an early chance to put Saints ahead from the penalty spot, but he was denied by Sergio Romero to keep it level.

45’

Redmond rifles goalwards

Nathan Redmond and Steven Davis play a neat one-two on the edge of the penalty area which results in the former firing a strike at goal, though it is well saved by Sergio Romero.

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Five minutes to play...

Saints are continuing to push forward here as we come into the closing five minutes of the first half.

37’

Yellow Card for Cédric (Southampton)

Cédric finds his way into Mike Dean's book for yanking back Anthony Martial's shirt.

33’

Tuanzebe fires at goal

Juan Mata turns back from heading down the right flank to tee up Axel Tuanzebe, but his strike at goal is blocked and falls behind for a corner.

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Tadić causing trouble 😇

Dušan Tadić looks to break into the Manchester United penalty area.

19’

Prowsey takes aim...

James Ward-Prowse curls a 25-yard free-kick over the wall and towards goal, but it bends just wide of the near post. 

15’

Martial drags wide

Wayne Rooney plays a fine cross-field pass to Anthony Martial on the edge of the area, but he drags his shot wide of Fraser Forster's far post. 

12’

Opening summary

Saints have started brightly here and were awarded a penalty when Eric Bailly handled in the area. Manolo Gabbiadini was the man to take the spot kick, but he was denied by a fine Sergio Romero save.

10’

Technical difficulties... 🙈

Apologies for this evening's late start to the blog - this is due to some technical issues at St Mary's. 


The positive news: we are back now!

Getting ready 💪

We are all set here at St Mary's!

19.44

And here's how the visitors line up...

Romero, Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney (c), Mkhitaryan, Martial

18.48
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Southampton starting XI

Forster, Cédric, Yoshida, Stephens, Targett, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Davis (c), Redmond, Tadić, Gabbiadini

18.46
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It's almost time!

15 minutes until team news here at St Mary's - who is in your starting XI this evening?

18.33
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👀

The players will wear the Scope logo on their shirts against Man United tonight after Virgin Media donated its shirt sponsorship! 👏 

17.40

🎥

Watch as the players arrived ahead of tonight's clash with Man United.

17.30

⚽️

Relive some of Southampton's most memorable goals against Man United to get you in the mood for tonight's game!

16.58

The lads are here! 😇

The players and the manager have arrived at St Mary's ahead of taking on Manchester United.

16.56
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The scene is set...

The ground staff have been busy once again ahead of this evening's game!

16.54

Saints v MUN Line Ups

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
24
Jack Stephens
33
Matt Targett
2
Cédric Soares
Jérémy Pied (69′)
14
Oriol Romeu
16
James Ward-Prowse
Sofiane Boufal (77′)
8
Steven Davis (C)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
Jay Rodriguez (62′)
11
Dusan Tadic
22
Nathan Redmond
10
Charlie Austin
4
Jordy Clasie
40
Mouez Hassen
19
Sofiane Boufal
26
Jérémy Pied
12
Martín Cáceres
9
Jay Rodriguez

Manchester United

20
Sergio Romero (GK)
12
Chris Smalling
4
Phil Jones
3
Eric Bailly
36
Matteo Darmian
22
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
11
Anthony Martial
38
Axel Tuanzebe
Michael Carrick (64′)
27
Marouane Fellaini
Ander Herrera (75′)
8
Juan Mata
Marcus Rashford (69′)
10
Wayne Rooney (C)
21
Ander Herrera
14
Jesse Lingard
40
Joel Pereira
35
Demetri Mitchell
19
Marcus Rashford
39
Scott McTominay
16
Michael Carrick

Saints v MUN Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Manchester United
  • Possession (%)
    53
    47
  • Shots
    17
    11
  • Shots on target
    6
    1
  • Corners
    7
    3
  • Passes Complete
    395
    371

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
1
Cédric
Cédric
Chances Created
4
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Passes Completed
54
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Tackles
7
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Clearances
2
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Saves
1
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster