Saints out to bash the bookies

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

First published in Sport

Saints travel to Old Trafford tonight hoping that new boss Mauricio Pochettino can upset the odds and mastermind the club’s first league win there in more than a quarter-of-a-century.

Not since January 16, 1988, when a Colin Clarke brace gave them a 2-0 victory in an old division one contest, have Saints won at Manchester United.

Since then, they have played 17 league matches at Old Trafford, losing 15 and drawing just two. The last five trips have all ended in defeat.

So convinced are the bookmakers of yet another United success tonight that Saints are listed as longer odds to win than non-league Luton Town were to win at Premier League Norwich in the FA Cup last weekend.

Given the club’s dismal record at Old Trafford, it is easy to see why a victory for Pochettino’s side would be rated as such a shock.

But the Argentine has been in bullish mood ahead of his first away match as Saints manager, promising that he will send his team charging into Old Trafford with the intention of emerging with a victory.

The last Saints boss to oversee a win there was Chris Nicholl.

His 1988 success remains the only league match United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has ever lost to Saints at Old Trafford in his 26-year tenure at the club.

Including Nicholl, Saints have employed 19 permanent managers since they last walked out of United’s home ground with three points.

A win, therefore, is certainly long overdue, but it is hard to imagine anyone at St Mary’s would grumble at a point.

Saints’ last draw away to United came in 1999, when a combination of Marian Pahars magic, Matt Le Tissier majesty and a Massimo Taibi fumble helped them to a 3-3 tie.

Something as memorable as that tonight would do nicely for Pochettino.

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8:20am Wed 30 Jan 13

olddellsaint says...

Your never know?
Your never know? olddellsaint
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8:24am Wed 30 Jan 13

Harold K Steptoe says...

If we're 2-0 up with a minute to go we'll concede in the 90th then the 5th and 10th of added on Fergie time.
If we're 2-0 up with a minute to go we'll concede in the 90th then the 5th and 10th of added on Fergie time. Harold K Steptoe
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8:35am Wed 30 Jan 13

SaintAsh1964 says...

Got 2 bets running, 3-1 to Saints @ 66/1
and 2-2 RL to score at any time @ 60/1
:) COYR
Got 2 bets running, 3-1 to Saints @ 66/1 and 2-2 RL to score at any time @ 60/1 :) COYR SaintAsh1964
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8:39am Wed 30 Jan 13

dellboy1968 says...

Got a bet at saints 3-1. At 100 to 1
Got a bet at saints 3-1. At 100 to 1 dellboy1968
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8:47am Wed 30 Jan 13

Puddletown Saint says...

Going for Saints 2-1 Off down the bookies now

My starting XI

Boruc Clyne Shaw Yos Fos JWP Spider Cork Gaston Punch Rickie
Going for Saints 2-1 Off down the bookies now My starting XI Boruc Clyne Shaw Yos Fos JWP Spider Cork Gaston Punch Rickie Puddletown Saint
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8:52am Wed 30 Jan 13

GX Saint says...

We also won at Old Trafford 1-2 (AET) on the evening of 5th Feb 1992. I listened via headphones in hospital as my wife was in labour with our first child. He's 21 next week so this would be the first win there in his lifetime. Got to be worth a punt
We also won at Old Trafford 1-2 (AET) on the evening of 5th Feb 1992. I listened via headphones in hospital as my wife was in labour with our first child. He's 21 next week so this would be the first win there in his lifetime. Got to be worth a punt GX Saint
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9:09am Wed 30 Jan 13

Mush On The Beach says...

3 points and a prawn sarnie please
3 points and a prawn sarnie please Mush On The Beach
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9:18am Wed 30 Jan 13

InCortesewetrust says...

There is 3 things certain in life, death,taxes and saints loosing at old Trafford, Let's do a adkins,we will analysis it then draw a line over it and move on, we're staying positive and ready for the away trip to Wigan,
There is 3 things certain in life, death,taxes and saints loosing at old Trafford, Let's do a adkins,we will analysis it then draw a line over it and move on, we're staying positive and ready for the away trip to Wigan, InCortesewetrust
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9:27am Wed 30 Jan 13

Mush On The Beach says...

InCortesewetrust wrote:
There is 3 things certain in life, death,taxes and saints loosing at old Trafford, Let's do a adkins,we will analysis it then draw a line over it and move on, we're staying positive and ready for the away trip to Wigan,
I thought it was 4 ..... skunt liquidation
[quote][p][bold]InCortesewetrust[/bold] wrote: There is 3 things certain in life, death,taxes and saints loosing at old Trafford, Let's do a adkins,we will analysis it then draw a line over it and move on, we're staying positive and ready for the away trip to Wigan,[/p][/quote]I thought it was 4 ..... skunt liquidation Mush On The Beach
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9:35am Wed 30 Jan 13

InCortesewetrust says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
InCortesewetrust wrote:
There is 3 things certain in life, death,taxes and saints loosing at old Trafford, Let's do a adkins,we will analysis it then draw a line over it and move on, we're staying positive and ready for the away trip to Wigan,
I thought it was 4 ..... skunt liquidation
I'm a Southampton fan,
And I concur it is actually 4,
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InCortesewetrust[/bold] wrote: There is 3 things certain in life, death,taxes and saints loosing at old Trafford, Let's do a adkins,we will analysis it then draw a line over it and move on, we're staying positive and ready for the away trip to Wigan,[/p][/quote]I thought it was 4 ..... skunt liquidation[/p][/quote]I'm a Southampton fan, And I concur it is actually 4, InCortesewetrust
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9:36am Wed 30 Jan 13

St Retford says...

After the Fulham game and last night's City result, United will be complacent. Fergie will try and gee them up but their players will be thinking we're nothing and that it's not even the end of the world if they don't get a win.

Consequently, we have to put them to the sword in the first half and hope it's too late for Fergie to stir some life into them.

I'm going for 3-0 to Saints at half time, finishing up on 3-2 at full time. You're welcome.
After the Fulham game and last night's City result, United will be complacent. Fergie will try and gee them up but their players will be thinking we're nothing and that it's not even the end of the world if they don't get a win. Consequently, we have to put them to the sword in the first half and hope it's too late for Fergie to stir some life into them. I'm going for 3-0 to Saints at half time, finishing up on 3-2 at full time. You're welcome. St Retford
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9:36am Wed 30 Jan 13

capetownsaint says...

First post for me although I have viewed the site for many months
Attended the home game against Sunderland and the away game at Fulham

Does anyone know whether MoPo has taken any prickly cucumbers to Old Trafford with him to hand over to Fergie after the match?
Also has MoPo taken any cucumbers with him to hand out to the Wigan manager?
This is a Newell custom where cucumbers are given to the manager of the losing team. The number of cucumbers given is based on the number of goals scored
This is of particular relevance in view of 11/1 odds on a win tonight
First post for me although I have viewed the site for many months Attended the home game against Sunderland and the away game at Fulham Does anyone know whether MoPo has taken any prickly cucumbers to Old Trafford with him to hand over to Fergie after the match? Also has MoPo taken any cucumbers with him to hand out to the Wigan manager? This is a Newell custom where cucumbers are given to the manager of the losing team. The number of cucumbers given is based on the number of goals scored This is of particular relevance in view of 11/1 odds on a win tonight capetownsaint
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9:38am Wed 30 Jan 13

St Retford says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
InCortesewetrust wrote:
There is 3 things certain in life, death,taxes and saints loosing at old Trafford, Let's do a adkins,we will analysis it then draw a line over it and move on, we're staying positive and ready for the away trip to Wigan,
I thought it was 4 ..... skunt liquidation
Erm, five actually: a Paul Scholes second-half booking.
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InCortesewetrust[/bold] wrote: There is 3 things certain in life, death,taxes and saints loosing at old Trafford, Let's do a adkins,we will analysis it then draw a line over it and move on, we're staying positive and ready for the away trip to Wigan,[/p][/quote]I thought it was 4 ..... skunt liquidation[/p][/quote]Erm, five actually: a Paul Scholes second-half booking. St Retford
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9:42am Wed 30 Jan 13

capetownsaint says...

The prickly cucumbers story was given to me by an Argentinian living in Ireland who was previously from Cordoba.
His grandfather served on the board of directors of Newell Old Boys
The prickly cucumbers story was given to me by an Argentinian living in Ireland who was previously from Cordoba. His grandfather served on the board of directors of Newell Old Boys capetownsaint
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10:16am Wed 30 Jan 13

Abbey Saint says...

Just one Pochinetto, win it for me
Delicious football
From St. Mary's
Just one Pochinetto, win it for me Delicious football From St. Mary's Abbey Saint
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10:18am Wed 30 Jan 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

GX Saint wrote:
We also won at Old Trafford 1-2 (AET) on the evening of 5th Feb 1992. I listened via headphones in hospital as my wife was in labour with our first child. He's 21 next week so this would be the first win there in his lifetime. Got to be worth a punt
You're right, GX, we did put them out of the cup that day, but wasn't it on penalties? I think it was the first EVER FA Cup tie decided by penalties. Well, we did have Le Tiss, Shearer, Dodd ....

I was stopping off in Jakata, on my way back from Melbourne and had forgotten there was a match. I just caught the score on the World Service, so I could be wrong.
[quote][p][bold]GX Saint[/bold] wrote: We also won at Old Trafford 1-2 (AET) on the evening of 5th Feb 1992. I listened via headphones in hospital as my wife was in labour with our first child. He's 21 next week so this would be the first win there in his lifetime. Got to be worth a punt[/p][/quote]You're right, GX, we did put them out of the cup that day, but wasn't it on penalties? I think it was the first EVER FA Cup tie decided by penalties. Well, we did have Le Tiss, Shearer, Dodd .... I was stopping off in Jakata, on my way back from Melbourne and had forgotten there was a match. I just caught the score on the World Service, so I could be wrong. Strasbourg Saint
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10:20am Wed 30 Jan 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

capetownsaint wrote:
The prickly cucumbers story was given to me by an Argentinian living in Ireland who was previously from Cordoba.
His grandfather served on the board of directors of Newell Old Boys
Did your friend tell you were MP should stick the cucumber if Unted score a winner in Fergie time?
[quote][p][bold]capetownsaint[/bold] wrote: The prickly cucumbers story was given to me by an Argentinian living in Ireland who was previously from Cordoba. His grandfather served on the board of directors of Newell Old Boys[/p][/quote]Did your friend tell you were MP should stick the cucumber if Unted score a winner in Fergie time? Strasbourg Saint
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10:24am Wed 30 Jan 13

SO50 Saint says...

Lambo should be nice long odds for first goalscorer tonight 12/1 in Stan James when I went in there last night. Could be more elsewhere
Lambo should be nice long odds for first goalscorer tonight 12/1 in Stan James when I went in there last night. Could be more elsewhere SO50 Saint
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10:41am Wed 30 Jan 13

GX Saint says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
GX Saint wrote:
We also won at Old Trafford 1-2 (AET) on the evening of 5th Feb 1992. I listened via headphones in hospital as my wife was in labour with our first child. He's 21 next week so this would be the first win there in his lifetime. Got to be worth a punt
You're right, GX, we did put them out of the cup that day, but wasn't it on penalties? I think it was the first EVER FA Cup tie decided by penalties. Well, we did have Le Tiss, Shearer, Dodd ....

I was stopping off in Jakata, on my way back from Melbourne and had forgotten there was a match. I just caught the score on the World Service, so I could be wrong.
Stras, spot on. It was 2-2 and we won 2-4 on pens.

Tim Flowers
Jeff Kenna
Neil Ruddock
Richard Hall
Micky Adams
Barry Horne
Francis Benali
Glenn Cockerill
Stuart Gray
Matt Le Tissier
Alan Shearer
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GX Saint[/bold] wrote: We also won at Old Trafford 1-2 (AET) on the evening of 5th Feb 1992. I listened via headphones in hospital as my wife was in labour with our first child. He's 21 next week so this would be the first win there in his lifetime. Got to be worth a punt[/p][/quote]You're right, GX, we did put them out of the cup that day, but wasn't it on penalties? I think it was the first EVER FA Cup tie decided by penalties. Well, we did have Le Tiss, Shearer, Dodd .... I was stopping off in Jakata, on my way back from Melbourne and had forgotten there was a match. I just caught the score on the World Service, so I could be wrong.[/p][/quote]Stras, spot on. It was 2-2 and we won 2-4 on pens. Tim Flowers Jeff Kenna Neil Ruddock Richard Hall Micky Adams Barry Horne Francis Benali Glenn Cockerill Stuart Gray Matt Le Tissier Alan Shearer GX Saint
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10:43am Wed 30 Jan 13

Rob The Saint NOT in NZ says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
GX Saint wrote:
We also won at Old Trafford 1-2 (AET) on the evening of 5th Feb 1992. I listened via headphones in hospital as my wife was in labour with our first child. He's 21 next week so this would be the first win there in his lifetime. Got to be worth a punt
You're right, GX, we did put them out of the cup that day, but wasn't it on penalties? I think it was the first EVER FA Cup tie decided by penalties. Well, we did have Le Tiss, Shearer, Dodd ....

I was stopping off in Jakata, on my way back from Melbourne and had forgotten there was a match. I just caught the score on the World Service, so I could be wrong.
I was there that night, & it certainly was decided on penalties.

Tim Flowers ran the length of the pitch after saving the decisive one from Giggs, chased by the entire Saints team, to celebrate in front of us joyous fans!

One of my best away days ever!
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GX Saint[/bold] wrote: We also won at Old Trafford 1-2 (AET) on the evening of 5th Feb 1992. I listened via headphones in hospital as my wife was in labour with our first child. He's 21 next week so this would be the first win there in his lifetime. Got to be worth a punt[/p][/quote]You're right, GX, we did put them out of the cup that day, but wasn't it on penalties? I think it was the first EVER FA Cup tie decided by penalties. Well, we did have Le Tiss, Shearer, Dodd .... I was stopping off in Jakata, on my way back from Melbourne and had forgotten there was a match. I just caught the score on the World Service, so I could be wrong.[/p][/quote]I was there that night, & it certainly was decided on penalties. Tim Flowers ran the length of the pitch after saving the decisive one from Giggs, chased by the entire Saints team, to celebrate in front of us joyous fans! One of my best away days ever! Rob The Saint NOT in NZ
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10:52am Wed 30 Jan 13

GX Saint says...

Rob The Saint NOT in NZ wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
GX Saint wrote:
We also won at Old Trafford 1-2 (AET) on the evening of 5th Feb 1992. I listened via headphones in hospital as my wife was in labour with our first child. He's 21 next week so this would be the first win there in his lifetime. Got to be worth a punt
You're right, GX, we did put them out of the cup that day, but wasn't it on penalties? I think it was the first EVER FA Cup tie decided by penalties. Well, we did have Le Tiss, Shearer, Dodd ....

I was stopping off in Jakata, on my way back from Melbourne and had forgotten there was a match. I just caught the score on the World Service, so I could be wrong.
I was there that night, & it certainly was decided on penalties.

Tim Flowers ran the length of the pitch after saving the decisive one from Giggs, chased by the entire Saints team, to celebrate in front of us joyous fans!

One of my best away days ever!
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=uKO-2ECS_
kw

Check out Kenna's injury time header to gift McClair the equaliser. Positively Danny Fox-esque
[quote][p][bold]Rob The Saint NOT in NZ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GX Saint[/bold] wrote: We also won at Old Trafford 1-2 (AET) on the evening of 5th Feb 1992. I listened via headphones in hospital as my wife was in labour with our first child. He's 21 next week so this would be the first win there in his lifetime. Got to be worth a punt[/p][/quote]You're right, GX, we did put them out of the cup that day, but wasn't it on penalties? I think it was the first EVER FA Cup tie decided by penalties. Well, we did have Le Tiss, Shearer, Dodd .... I was stopping off in Jakata, on my way back from Melbourne and had forgotten there was a match. I just caught the score on the World Service, so I could be wrong.[/p][/quote]I was there that night, & it certainly was decided on penalties. Tim Flowers ran the length of the pitch after saving the decisive one from Giggs, chased by the entire Saints team, to celebrate in front of us joyous fans! One of my best away days ever![/p][/quote]http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=uKO-2ECS_ kw Check out Kenna's injury time header to gift McClair the equaliser. Positively Danny Fox-esque GX Saint
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11:04am Wed 30 Jan 13

SaintJD says...

Will be very interested to see if Rickie starts tonight ahead of the Wigan game.

If he doesn't, that's an interesting continuity of management thinking between NA and MP.

We could get a beating, but there is something in this game if we go for it.

That's the secret though, we'd have to properly go for it, which is risky.

There are goals to be had against United this season though, so will be about getting a balance between being sensible and fully committing when we do get forward.

Interesting dilemma for MP though - I'm sure his main priority will be to come away with pride intact.
Will be very interested to see if Rickie starts tonight ahead of the Wigan game. If he doesn't, that's an interesting continuity of management thinking between NA and MP. We could get a beating, but there is something in this game if we go for it. That's the secret though, we'd have to properly go for it, which is risky. There are goals to be had against United this season though, so will be about getting a balance between being sensible and fully committing when we do get forward. Interesting dilemma for MP though - I'm sure his main priority will be to come away with pride intact. SaintJD
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1:05pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

GX Saint wrote:
Rob The Saint NOT in NZ wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
GX Saint wrote:
We also won at Old Trafford 1-2 (AET) on the evening of 5th Feb 1992. I listened via headphones in hospital as my wife was in labour with our first child. He's 21 next week so this would be the first win there in his lifetime. Got to be worth a punt
You're right, GX, we did put them out of the cup that day, but wasn't it on penalties? I think it was the first EVER FA Cup tie decided by penalties. Well, we did have Le Tiss, Shearer, Dodd ....

I was stopping off in Jakata, on my way back from Melbourne and had forgotten there was a match. I just caught the score on the World Service, so I could be wrong.
I was there that night, & it certainly was decided on penalties.

Tim Flowers ran the length of the pitch after saving the decisive one from Giggs, chased by the entire Saints team, to celebrate in front of us joyous fans!

One of my best away days ever!
http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=uKO-2ECS_

kw

Check out Kenna's injury time header to gift McClair the equaliser. Positively Danny Fox-esque
Nice! I had forgotten about that Kenna bloomer!

There's only TWO Danny Foxes, two Danny Fooooooooooooxes ..... etc. (or is it Foxs?)
[quote][p][bold]GX Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rob The Saint NOT in NZ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GX Saint[/bold] wrote: We also won at Old Trafford 1-2 (AET) on the evening of 5th Feb 1992. I listened via headphones in hospital as my wife was in labour with our first child. He's 21 next week so this would be the first win there in his lifetime. Got to be worth a punt[/p][/quote]You're right, GX, we did put them out of the cup that day, but wasn't it on penalties? I think it was the first EVER FA Cup tie decided by penalties. Well, we did have Le Tiss, Shearer, Dodd .... I was stopping off in Jakata, on my way back from Melbourne and had forgotten there was a match. I just caught the score on the World Service, so I could be wrong.[/p][/quote]I was there that night, & it certainly was decided on penalties. Tim Flowers ran the length of the pitch after saving the decisive one from Giggs, chased by the entire Saints team, to celebrate in front of us joyous fans! One of my best away days ever![/p][/quote]http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=uKO-2ECS_ kw Check out Kenna's injury time header to gift McClair the equaliser. Positively Danny Fox-esque[/p][/quote]Nice! I had forgotten about that Kenna bloomer! There's only TWO Danny Foxes, two Danny Fooooooooooooxes ..... etc. (or is it Foxs?) Strasbourg Saint
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1:27pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Readeano says...

i have some cracking odds at Coral for tonights game just got to hope one of them comes in :)

Saints 2 -2 Man u Ricky lambert to score first 150/1 :D

I have gone with the rest of Saints winning and still smashing odds
i have some cracking odds at Coral for tonights game just got to hope one of them comes in :) Saints 2 -2 Man u Ricky lambert to score first 150/1 :D I have gone with the rest of Saints winning and still smashing odds Readeano
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4:00pm Wed 30 Jan 13

SaffaSaint says...

capetownsaint wrote:
First post for me although I have viewed the site for many months
Attended the home game against Sunderland and the away game at Fulham

Does anyone know whether MoPo has taken any prickly cucumbers to Old Trafford with him to hand over to Fergie after the match?
Also has MoPo taken any cucumbers with him to hand out to the Wigan manager?
This is a Newell custom where cucumbers are given to the manager of the losing team. The number of cucumbers given is based on the number of goals scored
This is of particular relevance in view of 11/1 odds on a win tonight
Where r u in CT, gotta meet up for some games
[quote][p][bold]capetownsaint[/bold] wrote: First post for me although I have viewed the site for many months Attended the home game against Sunderland and the away game at Fulham Does anyone know whether MoPo has taken any prickly cucumbers to Old Trafford with him to hand over to Fergie after the match? Also has MoPo taken any cucumbers with him to hand out to the Wigan manager? This is a Newell custom where cucumbers are given to the manager of the losing team. The number of cucumbers given is based on the number of goals scored This is of particular relevance in view of 11/1 odds on a win tonight[/p][/quote]Where r u in CT, gotta meet up for some games SaffaSaint
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