Saints suffer cruel defeat

St Mary's Stadium | Sat 23 Sep 3.00PM | Attendance: 31,930
Match Report Highlights

Saints v MUN Match Centre

Saints v MUN As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints cruelly beaten by United
  • Romelu Lukaku's first-half goal separated the teams
  • Saints dominated after half-time
  • Attention now turns to Stoke City away

FULL TIME: Southampton 0-1 Manchester United

It's a cruel defeat on Saints, who dominated much of the game, particularly in the second half. Nonetheless, there are plenty of positives for Mauricio Pellegrino and his team to take from their display.

16.55
84’

Southampton substitution: Charlie Austin replaces Shane Long

It's a double change for Saints as Austin and Ward-Prowse come on for the closing stages. Can we find an equaliser?

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83’

Southampton substitution: James Ward-Prowse replaces Cédric

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83’

Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Steven Davis

First Saints change sees another forward replace Davis.

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81’

Saints pressing

Romeu sees a header cleared off the line by Fellaini, while Redmond forces a low save from De Gea. Then Romeu shoots inches wide! Saints sooo close 😩

61’

Long heads wide

Another chance! More good work from Redmond, who this time goes on the outside and delivers a left-footed cross headed wide by Long. Then a Cédric cross flashes across goal. Getting closer!

61’

Long heads wide

Another chance! More good work from Redmond, who this time goes on the outside and delivers a left-footed cross headed wide by Long. Then a Cédric cross flashes across goal. Getting closer!

57’

De Gea saves from Redmond

Redmond cuts in from the left and drills a low shot towards the near post that De Gea gathers at the second attempt with red and white shirts closing in. Much better from Saints!

53’

Romeu so close!

Tadić delivers a corner towards Yoshida. The loose ball falls invitingly for Romeu inside the six-yard box, but Eric Bailly dives in to put him off and the midfielder shoots agonisingly wide.

51’

Tadić teases United

Saints get on the attack at the start of the second half, as Tadić tricks his way to the byeline and stands up a cross well cleared by Jones.

Second half begins

United get us back under way. Come on Saints!

16.03

Saints trail at the break

Not a lot of goalmouth action at either end, but there's work to do in the second half if Saints are to get something from this game. Come on, lads! 💪

15.55
+5’

HALF-TIME: Southampton 0-1 Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku's 20th-minute goal is all that separates the teams at the interval. It's been a game of few chances at St Mary's.

+1’

Lukaku looks for Rashford...

United break quickly as Mkhitaryan feeds Lukaku, whose low cross towards Rashford is cut out by Hoedt.

44’

Yellow Card for Nemanja Matic (Manchester United)

Matić fouls international teammate Tadić and it's all square on the card count.

43’

Yoshida intercepts

Mkhitaryan finds Mata in the Southampton box, but the Spaniard's pull-back is crucially cut out by Maya Yoshida as Saints appeal for offside in vain.

40’

Yellow Card for Shane Long (Southampton)

Long trips Fellaini near the halfway line and goes into the book.

Lukaku's deadlock breaker

This is the moment that edged United in front at St Mary's, as Lukaku reacted quickest to Forster's sharp save.

30’

Rashford comes close

Juan Mata is brought down 25 yards from goal and Marcus Rashford lines up the free kick, which is only inches wide of Fraser Forster's right-hand post.

Lukaku puts United in front

Ashley Young crosses from the left for Romelu Lukaku, whose header is brilliantly saved by Fraser Forster at point-blank range, only for the ball to bounce back kindly for the Belgian to tap in the opener.

19’

Goal

Romelu Lukaku (19’) | Southampton 0 1 Manchester United

Heads up!

Oriol Romeu gives Marouane Fellaini a run for his money underneath a high ball.

16’

Lemina gets involved...

First time we've seen Mario Lemina showcase his silky skills. He skips away from Marouane Fellaini, but his cross is just too long.

9’

Rashford gets to the byeline

Marcus Rashford gets the better of Cédric, but Oriol Romeu comes across and makes a typically well-timed tackle to concede a corner, which Saints deal with.

6’

United threaten on the counter

Dušan Tadić appears to be brought down on the edge of the United box, but the visitors are allowed to break and Henrikh Mkhitaryan registers the first shot on target. It's an easy save for Fraser Forster.

3’

Saints on the attack

The hosts launch the first attack as Shane Long takes down a high ball, but Phil Jones gets a crucial foot in to halt the striker in his tracks.

Under way at St Mary's!

Steven Davis gets the action started. Come on Saints! 👊

15.00

Warm-up complete ✅

The stage is set and we're ready for the two teams at St Mary's. Let's do this! 😇

14.54

I see this game as a really nice challenge and a chance to measure our strengths against a top team. this will allow us to push our limit higher. in a team sport, you can beat even the best in the world.

Mauricio pellegrino
southampton manager
14.49

Saints unchanged

Mauricio Pellegrino names exactly the same starting XI who disposed of Crystal Palace last time out at Selhurst Park, while Jérémy Pied, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Charlie Austin return to the squad on the bench.

14.06

Manchester United team confirmed

Starting XI: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Young, Fellaini, Matić, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku.

Subs: Romero, Smalling, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard, Martial.

14.01

Saints team confirmed

Starting XI: Forster, Cédric, Yoshida, Hoedt, Bertrand, Davis (c), Romeu, Lemina, Redmond, Tadić, Long.

Subs: McCarthy, Van Dijk, Pied, Højbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Gabbiadini, Austin.

14.00

Saints set for United

We're getting closer to kick-off and it's time to take a look at Saints' preparations from this week at Staplewood...

13.49

Remember this?

Dave Merrington looks back on a special day for Saints at The Dell, and one to forget for a multicoloured United team...

13.18

One hour until team news...

It's two hours until kick-off, which means one hour until your Saints line-up is announced! Who would you like to see on the teamsheet?

13.00

See behind the scenes! 👀

Watch the players greeting Saints fans and team-mates as they arrive to face Manchester United.

12.50

Saints have arrived! 😇

It's matchday at St Mary's and the players are here nice and early to ready themselves for kick-off.

12.28

southampton is the kind of club that is very stable. I think it is a very good club to be a manager of. and i see the match as a very difficult match.

José mourinho
manchester united manager
12.01

Pellegrino previews United

Manager Mauricio Pellegrino spoke in the week about the challenge of facing the joint Premier League leaders, and his relationship with opposite number José Mourinho.

11.50

Matchday at St Mary's!

Saints return to home territory this afternoon as we welcome Manchester United, kick-off 3pm. We'll bring you all the action on Matchday Live throughout the day.

11.45

Saints v MUN Line Ups

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
6
Wesley Hoedt
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
James Ward-Prowse (83′)
11
Dusan Tadic
14
Oriol Romeu
22
Nathan Redmond
8
Steven Davis (C)
Manolo Gabbiadini (73′)
18
Mario Lemina
7
Shane Long
Charlie Austin (83′)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
10
Charlie Austin
17
Virgil van Dijk
16
James Ward-Prowse
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
26
Jérémy Pied
13
Alex McCarthy

Manchester United

1
David de Gea (GK)
4
Phil Jones
18
Ashley Young
3
Eric Bailly
25
Antonio Valencia (C)
22
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Chris Smalling (75′)
31
Nemanja Matic
19
Marcus Rashford
Daley Blind (93′)
27
Marouane Fellaini
8
Juan Mata
Ander Herrera (62′)
9
Romelu Lukaku
12
Chris Smalling
17
Daley Blind
21
Ander Herrera
14
Jesse Lingard
11
Anthony Martial
16
Michael Carrick
20
Sergio Romero

Saints v MUN Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Manchester United
  • Possession (%)
    61
    39
  • Shots
    14
    9
  • Shots on target
    4
    4
  • Corners
    8
    4
  • Passes Complete
    453
    288

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
2
Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond
Chances Created
3
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Passes Completed
70
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Tackles
6
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Clearances
5
Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Saves
3
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster