Southampton 2 - 3 Manchester United

Match info: Premier League at St. Mary's Stadium

Date: 02/09/2012 KO: 16:00 Ref: M Dean Att: 31,609

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Rickie Lambert 16
Morgan Schneiderlin 55


Man Utd

Robin van Persie 23,87,90+2

FT (ht: 1-1)

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  • Full-time. That's it. United pull it out the bag thanks to Robin van Persie. He looked like being the villain but he ends the game as the hero. Heartbreak for Southampton - three straight defeats but such a brilliant effort from them.

  • Southampton attacking but surely not. Penalty appeals! Ferdinand with a push but Mike Dean isn't giving that one.

  • Nani finds Van Persie at the near post and he heads past Davis. Slack marking. Incredible forward play - and strength of character to bounce back from the penalty miss.

  • Goal! Van Persie hat-trick!

  • Corner for United. Nani will take it.

  • Hernandez shoots wide.

  • There will be four minutes added time.

  • Ward-Prowse with the cross to find Hooiveld but Vidic just does enough. Another corner comes out to Ward-Prowse but his shot is blocked. Then Fox tries a ludicrous effort from distance but he skies it. Had men in the box too.

  • Corner for Southampton now. They're back on the attack!

  • Rafael crosses from the right and finds Ferdinand unmarked in the area. The big defender heads against the post but Van Persie is there to put home the rebound with his left foot.

  • Goal! Van Persie equalises!

  • Wonderful take from Hernandez to latch onto a long ball. But when he cuts inside Clyne is on the cover and gets there first to concede a corner.

  • Rafael crosses from deep to find the head of Hernandez but he heads wide under pressure.

  • United dominating the game now as Southampton retreat. No significant chances since the penalty though.

  • Hooifeld does well to outpace Hernandez there. Surprising, really. The Mexican looked to be through on goal.

  • Carrick knocks the ball up to Van Persie but the forward is offside.

  • The corner comes to nothing and Southampton can break. Rafael commits the foul on Rodriguez. Time to regroup for the home side after that period of pressure.

  • Good skill from Nani outwits Clyne and he wins the corner after his cross is sliced over the bar by a Southampton defender.

  • Rodriguez on for Lallana.

  • Van Persie sees a shot blocked.


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