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Man United 2 Saints 1
Updated 11:05pm Wednesday 30th January 2013 in Saints News
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- Wayne Rooney scores twice in the first-half for United
- Jay Rodriguez had put Saints in front.
- Mauricio Pochettino's men remain 16th.
- Adam Lallana made his return from injury.
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 SAINTS 1
SAINTS SUBSTITUTION (78): Fox off, Shaw on.
CHANCE (77): David De Gea is at full stretch to save a Rickie Lambert free-kick from 20 yards.
CHANCE (75): Robin van Persie heads in Wayne Rooney's cross, but the goal is chalked off for an offside against the Dutchman. Replays suggested it was very tight.
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBSTITUTION (73): Kagawa off, Nani on.
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBSTITUTION (68): Anderson off, Rafael on.
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBSTITUTION (63): Chris Smalling off, Rio Ferdinand on.
CHANCE (50): Rickie Lambert strikes a half-volley from 20 yards that is saved by David De Gea.
SAINTS SUBSTITUTION: Double change at half-time for Saints, as Gaston Ramirez and Jason Puncheon come off to be replaced by Adam Lallana and Steven Davis.
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 SAINTS 1
Morgan Schneiderlin (45) - for kicking the ball away.
CHANCE (40): Danny Welbeck cuts past Maya Yoshida inside the Saints area, but his low shot is saved by the legs of Artur Boruc.
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 SAINTS 1 (Rooney 27): Robin van Persie whips in a free-kick to the back post, which Patrice Evra heads back across goal to an unmarked Rooney, who taps home from about two yards out.
CHANCE (22): Robin van Persie hits a left-foot shot from just outside the area. Artur Boruc looked to have it covered comfortably, but the ball deflected off Maya Yoshida and spun just over the bar.
MANCHESTER UNITED 1 SAINTS 1 (Wayne Rooney 8): United level the game quickly as Shinji Kagawa's pass puts Wayne Rooney through. The forward slots the ball past Artur Boruc.
MANCHESTER UNITED 0 SAINTS 1 (Jay Rodriguez 3): A shock lead for Saints, as Jay Rodriguez races in to pounce on Michael Carrick's poor backpass. It's a howler from David De Gea too, who really should have cleared, but Rodriguez pokes the ball past him and slots in.
Referee Lee Mason gets the match underway.
The teams are out here at Old Trafford. Kick-off just a few moments away. We will have updates here for you throughout the match.
Here is new Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino speaking to the media ahead of tonight's match:
The big surprise in the Saints line-up is that Luke Shaw drops to the bench and is replaced by Danny Fox. Adam Lallana returns from injury to make the bench, having been out since early December. For Manchester United, the Premier League's top scorer, Robin van Persie, is restored to the line-up, while Nemanja Vidic returns in the centre of defence.
SAINTS: Boruc; Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fox; Cork, Schneiderlin; Puncheon, Ramirez, Rodriguez; Lambert.
Subs: K Davis, Richardson, Shaw, S Davis, Chaplow, Lallana, Lee.
MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Anderson Carrick, Welbeck, Rooney, Kagawa, Van Persie.
Subs: Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Buttner, Valencia, Nani, Cleverley.
REFEREE: Lee Mason
Anyone looking for something to help with avoiding work tomorrow, I'll do doing a #saintsfc transfer liveblog. 8 hours of talking about nowt— @dankerins 30 January 2013
Mauricio Pochettino has taken his team away to Barcelona so this match really represents his first proper team selcetion.
Guly do Prado is ruled out with a knee injury which opens the way for a possible return for Adam Lallana.
The Saints skipper has been out since December 8.
In that time there have been eight games in which Saints have won one, lost two and drawn the other five.
Welcome to the Daily Echo's live coverage of Saints' trip to face Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Saints are lookinbg for their first league victory at the home of the Premier League leaders since 1988.