Ahead of Sunday’s EFL Cup Final, we take a look back at five classic victories over the Red Devils.
1st May 1976 FA Cup Final Manchester United 0-1 Southampton
Some Manchester United fans still proclaim that the decisive goal was offside, but Saints will certainly take a repeat of this result in 2017. The long awaited breakthrough arrived on 83 minutes when goalkeeper Ian Turner launched a kick downfield and the ball fell to Mick Channon, who stroked a sideways pass to Jim McCalliog. The Glaswegian hit a delicate pass into the path of Bobby Stokes who let the ball bounce before swinging his left foot at it and beyond Alex Stepney for the decisive goal of the game. Saints captain Peter Rodrigues accepted the trophy from the Queen, as the unfancied side from the second division were victorious. The win earned Lawrie McMenemny’s side a return to Wembley on August 14th for the Charity Shield final which Division One champions Liverpool came out on top in with a 1-0 success.
13th April 1996 Premier League Southampton 3-1 Manchester United
One of the most famous excuses of his time was offered up by Sir Alex Ferguson after this defeat on the south coast, where United’s ‘grey shirts were to blame’ in a game they were 3-0 down in at half-time. At the interval, Ferguson ordered his team to change into a blue and white strip so that they could ‘see each other more clearly’. They won the second-half 1-0, but goals from Ken Monkou, Neil Shipperley and Matt Le Tissier and had already done the damage for Dave Merrington’s men. Just three games later the season would finish, with Saints staying up on goal difference, making this one a memorable win in more way than one.
26th October 1996 Premier League Southampton 6-3 Manchester United
After the previous season’s debacle over kit, Alex Ferguson’s United brought out their readily identifiable blue and white strip again, but it made no difference to the result in this meeting either. Down 3-1 at half-time to goals from Eyal Berkovic, Matt Le Tissier and Egil Østenstad, minus David Beckham’s reply, Saints had upset the men from Manchester once again. David May reduced the deficit further on 56 minutes, but Berkovic and Østenstad would each score again before Paul Scholes pulled another back. Conflicting reports suggest either Østenstad completed his hat-trick, or United’s Gary Neville contributed Saints’ sixth goal of the game in stoppage time, but Saints worried not, going one better that season – staying up by a point!
11th January 2015 Premier League Manchester United 0-1 Southampton
Ronald Koeman’s men headed up to Old Trafford seeking a first league win there for 27 years. The visitors had not won there in the top tier since January 1988 - a run stretching back 19 games - and this result was built on a 10th clean sheet in 21 games that season. Dušan Tadić scored the only goal of the game when he tapped in calmly from 12 yards after Graziano Pellè's effort had come back off the near post. It turned out to be the start of a key week in the season where Saints also went on to beat Newcastle and Ipswich away from home in league and cup competition.
23rd January 2016 Premier League Manchester United 0-1 Southampton
Substitute Charlie Austin scored seven minutes into his Southampton debut as a lacklustre Manchester United were booed off at Old Trafford. Austin rose to head home a free-kick in the 87th minute to win it as he connected with James Ward-Prowse’s delivery. After a run of 27 years without a league win at Old Trafford, Saints had now recoded back-to-back successes there, as Koeman got one over on old foe Louis van Gaal once more. The United manager, who would depart at the end of that season, was jeered by home fans at full-time after producing just one shot on target in 90 minutes.