sport
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 30 January 2013, 8:00pm
  • Old Trafford
  • Attendance: 75,600
Man UtdMan UtdvSouthamptonSouthampton
2
  • Rooney, 8
  • Rooney, 27
1
  • Rodriguez, 3

live commentary

90 mins:FULL TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON.

90 mins:Rodriguez glances a header wide with De Gea rooted to his spot.

89 mins:Vidic blocks Lambert's shot, it's all Southampton in the closing stages.

88 mins:It's been another poor display by United, particularly after the interval, but one again they look set to take three more points.

86 mins:Schneiderlin lashes a shot over the bar - Southampton deserve at least a point from this match.

84 mins:Rafael is rightly booked for hauling Lallana back.

82 mins:Boruc does well to claim the ball as Rooney attempts to round him.

80 mins:Now it's De Gea's turn to make a fine save as he keeps Lambert's free-kick out.

78 mins:Saints have played really well in the second half but it doesn't look as though they are going to get anything out of this game.

77 mins:Southampton bring Luke Shaw for Fox.

76 mins:Vidic picks up a yellow card for his foul on Rodriguez.

76 mins:Great stop by Boruc as he somehow keeps the ball out. Van Persie then puts the ball into the back of the net but the flag is up for offside.

74 mins:Clyne gets to the byline and Ferdinand is forced to head the dangerous cross away.

73 mins:A third change by United as Kagawa is replaced by Nani.

72 mins:It has to be remembered that Southampton drew 2-2 at Chelsea earlier in the month.

70 mins:Another change for United as Rafael replaces the ineffective Anderson.

68 mins:Rodriguez fires a poor shot high and wide but Saints continue to look dangerous.

66 mins:United have taken the sting out of the game and appear to be back on an even keel.

64 mins:Ferdinand comes on for Chris Smalling as Ferguson tries to shore up his listing defence.

62 mins:De Gea fumbles Lambert's shot but United escape.

60 mins:Substitute Davis fires wide but United are living dangerously.

58 mins:Saints aren't out of this game, United are looking a little ragged at the moment.

56 mins:It's certainly not one-way traffic at this stage, Southampton are playing some good stuff.

54 mins:Daniel Fox's corner is easily dealt with by United - his set-piece deliveries have been poor tonight.

52 mins:United's defending has been lax since the break, Rio Ferdinand could be handed a taste of the action soon.

49 mins:Two surprising changes by Saints as they seemed to have played quite well in the first half.

46 mins:...while Puncheon makes way for Steven Davis.

46 mins:We're underway again at Old Trafford.

46 mins:Saints have made two changes at the break with Adam Lallana coming on for Gaston Ramirez...

52 mins:Daniel Fox's corners have been poor tonight and this one is no different as United defend it easily.

45 mins:HALF TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON.

44 mins:Morgan Schneiderlin is booked for kicking the ball away.

42 mins:Southampton haven't played badly but their defence looks very shaky at times.

40 mins:Boruc saves Welbeck's drilled shot with his feet, good stop by the Polish goalkeeper.

38 mins:Puncheon controls the ball with his arm and is rightly called back for handball.

36 mins:United are in cruise control now, they do look like champions-elect after Manchester City's draw at QPR last night.

34 mins:Jason Puncheon is having a poor game for the visitors as he gives the ball away yet again.

32 mins:Van Persie's fierce effort shaves the top of the crossbar - United are rampant now.

30 mins:It looks as though it is business as usual as United now look comfortable after conceding the early goal.

27 mins:MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON. Patrice Evra does well as he latches onto Van Persie's free-kick, allowing ROONEY to head the ball into the net from close range.

26 mins:Phil Jones is flattened by Rodrguuez who is fortunate not to be booked.

26 mins:Saints scramble the ball away after Boruc's poor punch had caused some consternation in the penalty area.

24 mins:Van Persie's shot is deflected narrowly wide with Boruc stranded.

22 mins:So far so good for Southampton, they'll be pleased to still be level at this stage.

20 mins:Corner for United but Jos Hooiveld heads it away from danger.

18 mins:United are certainly not having it all their own way, Vidic in particular is looking a little rusty in the opening minutes.

16 mins:Van Persie flicks in a free-kick but Saints defend it well.

14 mins:Rickie Lambert tries his luck with a 25-yard free-kick but it is deflected away for a corner, that comes to nothing.

12 mins:Nathaniel Clyne gets to the byline but his cross is too deep. Southampton aren't over-awed though.

10 mins:Kagawa fires his shot against a post - what a start to this match.

8 mins:MANCHESTER UNITED 1-1 SOUTHAMPTON. It only takes United five minutes to grab an equaliser as ROONEY latches onto Kagawa's pass before firing past Artur Boruc.

7 mins:There's a long way to go for the visitors, but what a start for them!

5 mins:As has happened so often this season, United will have to come from behind after conceding an early goal.

3 mins:MANCHESTER UNITED 0-1 SOUTHAMPTON. A poor back-pass by Michael Carrick fails to find David De Gea and JAY RODRIGUEZ nips in to give Saints a shock lead.

3 mins:Unsurprisingly it's United that have started the better - could be a lot of chasing for the Southampton players tonight.

1 mins:Lee Mason blows his whistle and we're underway at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson has named a very attacking line-up with Robin van Persie joining Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck in attack, while there are also starts for Shinji Kagawa and Nemanja Vidic.

There are two changes to the Southampton team that drew with Everton nine days ago - Danny Fox and Jay Rodriguez replace Luke Shaw and Guly do Prado.

Manchester United will be confident of picking up three more points when they take on Southampton at Old Trafford.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 30 January 2013, 8:00pm
  • Old Trafford
  • Attendance: 75,600
Man UtdMan UtdvSouthamptonSouthampton
2
  • Rooney, 8
  • Rooney, 27
1
  • Rodriguez, 3

match report

A Wayne Rooney brace saw Manchester United come from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 and move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Jay Rodriquez gave the Saints a shock third minute lead when he latched onto a poor back pass from Michael Carrick to tuck home around the advancing David De Gea.

But Rooney levelled just five minutes later, slotting into the bottom corner following an excellent through ball from Shinji Kagawa.

Kagawa then hit a post on United's next attack and it took some excellent goalkeeping from Artur Boruc to keep the hosts at bay as returning Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck both threatened danger.

United finally doubled their advantage on 27 minutes when Patrice Evra climbed highest at the far post to meet Van Persie's free-kick, the France defender leaving Rooney with the easiest of tap-ins from barely a yard.

But the hosts were then forced to survive a second-half Southampton bombardment, with the visitors spending almost the entire second period camped in the United half.

Mauricio Pochettino's team pushed forward in search of a leveller, with substitute Adam Lallana having a significant influence as Rickie Lambert twice went close.

Briefly, United relieved the pressure, with Van Persie's goalbound header brilliantly saved by Boruc before the Dutchman had an effort ruled out from a Rooney cross for offside.

Southampton were soon back on the offensive, though, with De Gea producing an excellent flying save to turn away Lambert's free-kick.

Nemanja Vidic flung himself in the way of another Lambert piledriver before Rooney, who finished playing on the left as defensive cover for an overrun Evra, ensured the Saints' final assault got nowhere and his side kept the valuable three points.

team line-up

1David De Gea
4Phil Jones
15Nemanja Vidic
12Chris Smalling63
3Patrice Evra
8Anderson68
19Danny Welbeck
16Michael Carrick
26Shinji Kagawa73
10Wayne Rooney
20Robin van Persie

substitutes

7Antonio Valencia
28Alexander Büttner
5Rio Ferdinand63
23Tom Cleverley
13Anders Lindegaard
2Rafael68
17Nani73

referee

Lee Mason

team line-up

31Artur Boruc
2Nathaniel Clyne
5Jos Hooiveld
3Maya Yoshida
13Daniel Fox78
4Morgan Schneiderlin
18Jack Cork
10Gastón Ramírez45
42Jason Puncheon45
9Jay Rodriguez
7Rickie Lambert

substitutes

20Adam Lallana45
22Frazer Richardson
27Richard Chaplow
19Tadanari Lee
23Luke Shaw78
8Steven Davis45
1Kelvin Davis

referee

Lee Mason

match stats

possession %4257
shots on target54
shots off target59
corners48
tackles won1216
offsides31