- Man Utd vs Southampton

Saturday 19 October 2013 | Old Trafford | Referee: Michael Jones | Attendance 75,220

Man Utd
  • Robin van Persie (26)
Man Utd
1 - 1
Southampton
  • Adam Lallana (89)
Southampton

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Adam Lallana scored a late equaliser to earn Southampton a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Robin van Persie had struck in the 26th minute to end Southampton's run of not conceding in their past five matches in all competitions, Lallana provided a late riposte to send James Ward-Prowse's 89th-minute corner over the line and extend his side's unbeaten Barclays Premier League run to five matches.

Both teams made two changes from their previous top-flight outings a fortnight ago, with Jonny Evans and Marouane Fellaini replacing Nemanja Vidic and Tom Cleverley for the hosts.

Southampton head coach Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, brought in Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez in place of Daniel Fox and striker Rickie Lambert, who dropped to the bench.

Artur Boruc made the first save of note in the 11th minute, getting down smartly to deny Van Persie after the striker got on the end of Nani's pass 12 yards from goal, while at the other end, midway through the opening period, Adam Lallana robbed Wayne Rooney deep in the United half before feeding Pablo Osvaldo on the edge of the penalty area, only for the Italy international to attempt a weak shot which David De Gea gathered comfortably.

Tthe visitors were made to rue that miss just a minute later as Van Persie put United in front. Adnan Januzaj, fresh from signing a new deal with United, released Rooney with a wonderful pass from deep and, although Boruc rushed from his line to deny the England international forward, Van Persie collected the rebound and slotted the ball beyond the covering Lovren.

The momentum was firmly with the home side by this point, and two minutes later Rooney hammered a shot off the crossbar after collecting another Nani pass from the right.

After a quiet period either side of the break, Rooney slotted the ball beyond Boruc after exchanging passes with Van Persie in the 60th minute, only for the assistant referee to correctly raise his flag for offside.

Suddenly the game came to life, Van Persie heading Rooney's corner against the crossbar and, after the ball was hooked back into the box, Nani had a header well saved by Boruc down to his right.

Less than a minute later, the Poland goalkeeper was called into action again, beating away Januzaj's powerful drive from 30 yards before Fellaini blazed the rebound over.

De Gea then denied Nathaniel Clyne with four minutes to go, but with just one minute remaining, Dejan Lovren connected with Ward-Prowse's set-piece and Lallana got the final touch to beat the Spaniard from close range and silence the home faithful, whose side now lie eight points off the Barclays Premier League summit after as many matches.

Manchester United manager David Moyes: "We had good opportunities to get the game finished off. While it was 1-0 there was always a chance Southampton could get something, but I thought we'd seen it out until they got the corner late on. We work on it [defending set pieces] but we didn't do well enough.

"We had pockets of play when we were very good and others where we weren't so good so it was a mixed game at times but we still had chances which I was hoping we'd finish off. We've had opportunities to get the goals and see games off but we've got to do better at defending set pieces as well and be harder to score against at the end.

"[Adnan Januzaj] is worthy of his place. He's not looked out of place, he's creating goals and was part of our best passing movements. He's a very talented player and we'll try to use him at the right times and make sure we get the best out of him. He didn't disappoint today, he did a really good job."

VIDEO: David Moyes press conference >>

Southampton head coach Mauricio Pochettino: "It's a very positive run that we're on at the moment and the sky is the limit. We want to take each game as it comes and finish as high as we can.

"Winning at Anfield and drawing here today is amazing for this club. It certifies the quality of this project and how we want to move forward and it gives the younger players belief that they can go on and do amazing things.

"My team were very brave and it was an amazing effort against United at their home ground. That's never easy so I want to congratulate my players for an amazing afternoon. We had a very good second half; it's normal that they would push for a second but we kept on believing in our philosophy and at the end we were pushing for the win."

"[Rickie Lambert] was left out because we have two very good strikers in Lambert and Pablo Osvaldo. The thinking today was to fill the middle of the pitch with people who can keep possession of the ball for us and we needed to be quick on the flanks with Rodriguez and [Adam] Lallana. The important thing is the team has fully understood and they know how we want to play. We press very high up the pitch and that's working out well for us. Today Lambert started on the bench but on another day he could be starting, he's a very important player for us and he's done very well for us."

VIDEO: Mauricio Pochettino press conference >>

Fan Rating

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. David De Gea 5.71 5.83
3. Patrice Evra 4.38 5.53
4. Phil Jones 4.33 5.18
2. Rafael 4.73 4.86
6. Jonny Evans 4.7 4.94
10. Wayne Rooney 5.47 7.29
31. Marouane Fellaini 4.15 5.24
44. Adnan Januzaj 6.26 6.66
16. Michael Carrick 5.79 5.56
17. Nani 5.31 5.07
20. Robin van Persie 6.9 6.8
Substitutes All Fans BFR
29. Wilfried Zaha 4.43 5.76
14. Javier Hernández 3.67 5.57
12. Chris Smalling 3.77 4.97
13. Anders Lindegaard 1.17 3.83
26. Shinji Kagawa 6.22 6.23
11. Ryan Giggs 5.69 5.35
19. Danny Welbeck 4.27 5.73
Line-up All Fans BFR
31. Artur Boruc 7.08 6.09
2. Nathaniel Clyne 5.71 5.49
6. Jose Fonte 6.38 5.75
5. Dejan Lovren 7.03 6.25
23. Luke Shaw 6.43 5.98
8. Steven Davis 5.79 5.34
20. Adam Lallana 6.54 6.76
12. Victor Wanyama 6.33 5.78
9. Jay Rodriguez 6.57 6.49
4. Morgan Schneiderlin 6.29 5.67
17. Pablo Osvaldo 6.09 5.64
Substitutes All Fans BFR
16. James Ward-Prowse 6.5 5.63
21. Guly 5.33 4.61
26. Jos Hooiveld 3.5 3.58
7. Rickie Lambert 6.93 6.81
22. Calum Chambers 6.0 4.66
1. Kelvin Davis 5.6 3.89
18. Jack Cork 3.0 4.8

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