Saints cruelly denied in five-goal thriller

Old Trafford | Sat 02 Mar 3PM | Attendance: 74,459
Match Report Highlights

MUN vs Saints
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MUN vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Yan Valery 's first goal for the club gave Saints the lead at Old Trafford
  • Andreas Pereira scores an equally unstoppable effort to level things up at 1-1.
  • Romelu Lukaku curls home to make it 2-1 to the hosts before Ward-Prowse's free-kick.
  • Lukaku's second breaks Saints hearts late on.
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FULL-TIME: Manchester United 3-2 Saints

A performance to be proud of, but Southampton hearts are broken late on by Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford as the hosts take all three points in the Premier League.

+6’

Yellow Card for Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Pogba's frustration from his penalty being saved is clear. He gets into a tussle with Oriol Romeu and is booked.

+4’

Manchester United substitution: Tahith Chong replaces Marcus Rashford

A Premier League debut for the hosts' 19-year-old winger.

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+4’

Saved by Gunn!

Paul Pogba steps up to take it but Angus Gunn denies him from the spot.

+3’

Penalty to United...

Stuart Armstrong fouls Marcus Rashford as he looks to turns away and the Scotland international can't stop himself colliding into him.

89’

Southampton substitution: Sam Gallagher replaces Maya Yoshida

Another change in response to the United goal.

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Lukaku nets his second

Heartbreaking. Romelu Lukaku is found by Fred and takes aim from the edge of the box and finds the same corner as he did for his first goal.

88’

GOAL

Romelu Lukaku (88’) | 3 2

85’

Vestergaard volleys wide

Paul Pogba clears James Ward-Prowse's low corner, which is put back into a dangerous area by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Jannik Vestergaard instinctively swings a boot at it, but it drifts wide.

84’

Yoshida's header blocked by Smalling

After successive corners, Redmond stands up a cross from the left towards Maya Yoshida and his header is blocked by Chris Smalling. Another corner to come...

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🔥🔥🔥

What a free-kick, what a moment to level things up for Saints. Take a bow, JWP! 💛💙

81’

Manchester United substitution: Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos replaces Andreas Hugo Hoelgebaum Pereira

Fred is on for the hosts.

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80’

Valery's cross is collected by de Gea

Stuart Armstrong finds the overlapping run of Yan Valery who passes it into the box, but de Gea collects.

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When you look back at Prowsey's recent form...👏

It's been a superb display from Southampton here today at Old Trafford, who are back level thanks to an inch-perfect free-kick from Ward-Prowse.

GOALSCORER 16 James Ward-Prowse

JWP 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

That is picture perfect from James Ward-Prowse. He curls one right-footed into the top corner to level things up here. 5 goals in his last 8 Premier League games.

74’

GOOOAL!!!

James Ward-Prowse (74’) | 2 2

73’

Armstrong fouled by Young

Stuart Arrmstrong nicks the ball away from Ashley Young on the edge of the area, and Saints have a free-kick in a really promising position for James Ward-Prowse...

71’

McTominay sends a shot well over

Angus Gunn comes to punch over the top of Romelu Lukaku and Jannik Vestergaard, and lands awkwardly before Scott McTominay tries to take advantage from distance.

65’

Dalot fires wide from distance

A corner is cleared away as far as United's Diogo Dalot, who takes a touch before hitting a powerful strike inches wide from a long way out.

63’

Southampton substitution: Stuart Armstrong replaces Charlie Austin

First change of the afternoon as Charlie Austin makes way for Stuart Armstrong.

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62’

Chance for Højbjerg

James Ward-Prowse gets into a promising position in the box before setting the ball back to Hojbjerg, who fires well over with his right foot.

Lukaku curls home a second for the hosts

Luke Shaw plays the ball into Andreas Pereira, who releases Romelu Lukaku. He checks back inside on to his right-foot and curls a low strike around Angus Gunn into the corner.

58’

GOAL

Romelu Lukaku (58’) | 2 1

57’

Ward-Prowse's corner goes all the way through

James Ward-Prowse's corner, at the end where he delivered a free-kick for Charlie Austin's winner in 2016, from the right evades everyone and runs all the way through before Diogo Dalot wins a throw-in.

55’

Redmond goes close

Neat interchange between Charlie Austin and Nathan Redmond inside the box and the Birmingham-born winger forces a corner from the tightest of angles.

Pereira levels 😞

Lukaku plays the ball into Dalot, who passes it on to Pereira, who curls home a similarly unstoppable effort to Valery's in the first half from range.

53’

GOAL

Andreas Hugo Hoelgebaum Pereira (53’) | 1 1

52’

Rashford heads wide at the back post

Diogo Dalot almost makes an instant impact. His cross from the right is a good one for Marcus Rashford, who peels away from Yan Valery but thankfully heads wide.

51’

Manchester United substitution: José Diogo Dalot Teixeira replaces Alexis Sánchez

Alexis Sanchez makes way with what looks to be a knee problem after colliding into Jan Bednarek, with Diogo Dalot on in his place.

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47’

Redmond creates a good chance

Nathan Redmond dances past Chris Smalling and clips the ball up towards Charlie Austin, but Ashley Young bravely wins the header and is caught by Austin in the process.

45’

The hosts get us going for the second-half...

Same again please Saints! 💛💙

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HALF TIME: Manchester United 0-1 Saints

We've reached the break here, where Yan Valery's superb strike has given Southampton a 1-0 lead here at Old Trafford. A wonderful team effort so far! 💪

45’

Højbjerg fires straight at de Gea

Nathan Redmond advances down the left before picking out the Saints captain, who hits a left-footed shot that is always comfortable for David de Gea.

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What a way to get your first Saints goal

Yan Valery celebrates after his stunning strike gave Southampton a 1-0 lead, which they still currently hold, at Old Trafford. 💛💙

42’

Bertrand has another penalty appeal turned down

In a similar position to the last one, Ashley Young and Ryan Bertrand go hunting the ball down and is pulled down by the United captain. Nothing given again...🤷‍♂️

40’

Smalling header goes close...

Another moment of promise for the host comes from a corner. Chris Smalling's header is going wide but Marcus Rashford keeps it alive on the stretch and Saints clear.

39’

Yellow Card for Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

Ryan Bertrand is booked for trying to wipe out Romelu Lukaku's run down the right.

38’

Gunn thwarts Sanchez

Paul Pogba plays the ball through to Alexis Sanchez, who is held by Yan Valery for a split second. Some of United's players appeal for a penalty but the play goes on and Gunn stops him in his tracks inside the box.

36’

Lukaku can't connect with Pereira's cross

It's a superb cross from Andreas Pereira but Romelu Lukaku doesn't arrive at the right time to get a clean connection on his header and it runs away.

33’

United pushing for a leveller...

Ashley Young's corner is short to Andreas Pereira and the cross is initially headed out by Maya Yoshida. Alexis Sanchez then finds Shaw, whose dangerous cut back is missed by Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.

GOALSCORER 43 Yan Valery

OH MY WORD!

It's a first ever Southampton goal for Yan Valery and it is a rocket. The French full-back picks it up and strides forward before unleashing an unstoppable right-footed shot into the top corner.

25’

GOOOAL!!!

Yan Valery (25’) | 0 1

23’

Ward-Prowse's corner is cleared away

James Ward-Prowse's delivery is flicked on before being cleared as far as Nathan Redmond who can't engineer room for a shot.

22’

Great work from Austin

Saints press United high up the pitch forcing Scott McTominay into a back pass, before Austin covers ground to block Chris Smalling's pass. It comes back off him for a Southampton throw-in.

16’

Rashford caught offside

Paul Pogba cuts inside as United break away and picks out Marcus Rashford with a fine pass, but the England international is offside.

15’

Penalty appeals turned down by Atwell

Nathan Redmond picks out the well-timed run of Ryan Bertrand down the left, who goes down in the box under a challenge from Chris Smalling. Replays show the United defender has hold of Bertrand's shirt! 😠

11’

Vestergaard heads wide...

It's a brilliant chance for Saints. James Ward-Prowse's corner is met by the run of Jannik Vestergaard at the near post and his powerful header goes wide.

7’

McTominay down after clashing with Lindelof

Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelof both go up in the air with Charlie Austin in between them and the Scotland international midfielder is now down receiving treatment.

5’

Gunn pushes over from Pereira

A rye smile on the face of Angus Gunn who pushes over from Andreas Pereira after coming out too far. From the resulting corner, he makes another save from Romelu Lukaku. 

2’

Gunn saves well from Lukaku

Paul Pogba's pass is deflected into the path of Romelu Lukaku but Angus Gunn is down well to push away his left-footed effort.

2’

Rashford's low cross runs out for a throw-in

Ashley Young plays the ball down the right to Marcus Rashford, who turns Jannik Vestergaard before sending a low cross that's not close enough to Romelu Lukaku.

0’

Ward-Prowse gets us under way! COYR 🔴⚪

We're under way at Old Trafford. Let's do this, Saints fans! 

Hear from Hasenhüttl as we edge closer to kick-off

An unchanged side today from the 2-0 win over Fulham on Wednesday night at St Mary's. Watch as the Saints boss spoke to the media ahead of kick-off against Manchester United.

14.40
Anthony Hobbs

🍻 #UnitedAway #SaintsFC

14.35
Keith Eagle

At old Trafford to watch saints #sfc#saintsfc#football#livinthedream#lifegoals

14.34

Bednarek on United clash

Watch as Saints defender Jan Bednarek speaks to the media ahead of this afternoon's Premier League clash with Manchester United.

14.07
VOTE NOW
SAINTS POLL: You've seen the teams, who will be our key man today against Manchester United?

SAINTS POLL: You've seen the teams, who will be our key man today against Manchester United?

The results so far:

  • Charlie Austin
    5%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    31%
  • Nathan Redmond
    15%
  • Angus Gunn
    16%
  • Maya Yoshida
    8%
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
    24%

Here's how the hosts line-up...

Starting XI: De Gea, Shaw, Smalling, Lindelof, Pereira, McTominay, Pogba, Sanchez, Young, Rashford, Lukaku.
Subs: Grant, Bailly, Rojo, Fred, Dalot, Chong, Gomes.

14.03
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The team news is in! 🚨

Starting XI: Gunn, Valery, Vestergaard, Yoshida, Bednarek, Bertrand,  Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Højbjerg (c), Redmond, Austin. 
Subs: McCarthy, Stephens, Targett, Slattery, Armstrong, Elyounoussi, Gallagher.

14.00

The answer was 1988 and what a day it was! 🔥

Watch back Saints' win in 2015 as a goal from Dusan Tadic earned a famous victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Well done to the 33% who got it right.

13.39

Heading in at Old Trafford

Looking sharp, lads! Saints have arrived at Old Trafford for today's clash against Manchester United 👔

13.32
VOTE NOW
SAINTS POLL: Saints won at Old Trafford in the league in 2015 for the first time since  ______?

SAINTS POLL: Saints won at Old Trafford in the league in 2015 for the first time since  ______?

The results so far:

  • 1976
    17%
  • 1998
    25%
  • 1988
    33%
  • 1968
    25%
Scott

We made it!! #saintsfc

12.49

The scene is set at Old Trafford! 💛💙

We're ready to go in Manchester. Saints will be wearing their yellow and blue away kit today at Old Trafford, We'll bring you team news at 2pm!

12.46

it was a big win for them against fulham so they will be confident coming into this game. but we need to look at our own approach - we've got to focus on what we can improve on.

ole gunnar solskjaer
manchester united manager
11.10
Paul Fogarty

Lovely day for trip to Manchester. #awaydays #coys #saintsfc

11.02

Hasenhüttl previews United clash

Get the thoughts of Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl ahead of today's Premier Leagye meeting with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

11.00

A big win at St Mary's! 🔥

Watch back the key moments from Southampton's 2-0 victory over Fulham at St Mary's on Wednesday night, as goals from Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse earned a vital three points.

10.54
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Saints' team news

Ralph Hasenhüttl confirmed in his pre-match press conference that he would be without the services of Danny Ings and Mario Lemina for this one, while Michael Obafemi will not be available for the rest of the season. The Saints boss may choose to freshen up his side for a third game in seven days.

10.53

WE HAD AN IMPORTANT WIN AGAINST FULHAM, AND THAT HELPS US A LOT BUT THE PRESSURE IS STILL ON, SO WE WILL TRY TO DO EVERYTHING TO GET POINTS THERE.

RALPH HASENHÜTTL
southampton fc
10.52
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Yellows, yellows, yellows! 🎶

It's matchday in the Premier League as Saints travel to face Manchester United at Old Trafford. Ralph Hasenhüttl's side will be looking to build on their vital 2-0 victory over Fulham on Wednesday night, but will face a stern test against the hosts, who are yet to be beaten since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's arrival as manager. We'll bring you build-up, team news, live updates and free commentary.

10.51

MUN vs Saints Line Ups

Manchester United

1
David De Gea (GK)
23
Luke Shaw
2
Victor Lindelöf
18
Ashley Young (C)
12
Chris Smalling
6
Paul Pogba
7
Alexis Sánchez
Diogo Dalot (52′)
39
Scott McTominay
15
Andreas Pereira
Fred (82′)
9
Romelu Lukaku
10
Marcus Rashford
Tahith Chong (95′)
20
Diogo Dalot
44
Tahith Chong
16
Marcos Rojo
47
Angel Gomes
17
Fred
3
Eric Bailly
13
Lee Grant

Southampton

28
Angus Gunn (GK)
35
Jan Bednarek
3
Maya Yoshida
Sam Gallagher (90′)
4
Jannik Vestergaard
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
14
Oriol Romeu
21
Ryan Bertrand
43
Yan Valery
10
Charlie Austin
Stuart Armstrong (63′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
22
Nathan Redmond
55
Callum Slattery
17
Stuart Armstrong
15
Sam Gallagher
33
Matt Targett
5
Jack Stephens
11
Mohamed Elyounoussi
1
Alex McCarthy

MUN vs Saints Match Stats

Manchester United

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    64
    36
  • Shots
    16
    9
  • Shots on target
    6
    3
  • Corners
    9
    7
  • Passes Complete
    409
    184

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Yan Valery
Yan Valery
Shots On Target
1
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Chances Created
2
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Passes Completed
34
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
8
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Clearances
8
Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik Vestergaard
Saves
3
Angus Gunn
Angus Gunn