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Saints 2 Manchester United 3
1:52pm Sunday 2nd September 2012 in Saints News
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- Manchester United beat Saints 3-2 with added-time winner.
- Robin van Persie scores a hat-trick.
- Saints had twice led, through Lambert and Schneiderlin.
- Kelvin Davis saved a Van Persie penalty.
FULL-TIME: Saints 2 Manchester United 3.
GOAL: Saints 2 Manchester United 3 (Van Persie 90+2): Nani's corner picks out Van Persie at the near post and he flicks a brilliant header past Kelvin Davis. That's harsh on Saints, who have been excellent today. Classic United, though, turning the game on its head late on.
GOAL: Saints 2 Manchester United 2 (Van Persie 87): Rafael's cross from the right picks out an unmarked Ferdinand. His downward header hits the post, but falls kindly to Van Persie inside the six-yard box and he puts the chance away.
Nigel Adkins makes his final substitution, withdrawing Lallana for Jay Rodriguez in the 79th minute.
Emmanuel Mayuka, who signed from BSC Young Boys earlier in the week, is on for his Saints debut, replacing Puncheon in the 74th minute. Guly do Prado is also on in place of Lambert.
PENALTY SAVE: Kelvin Davis gifts the ball to Nani with a misplaced pass. He works it to Van Persie, who is fouled in the area by Hooiveld. A clear penalty, but Davis redeems himself as he tips Van Persie's chipped penalty away.
A double substitution for United in the 61st minute. Cleverley and Kagawa come off to be replaced by Scholes and Nani. The changes nearly had an instant impact, as Scholes immediately played in Van Persie with a sublime ball, but Davis did well to save the striker's angled shot.
Puncheon nearly extended the lead for Saints in the 58th minute, tricking his way past Evra in the box , but Lindegaard kept out his shot at the near post.
GOAL: Saints 2 Manchester United 1 (Schneiderlin 55): St Mary's goes wild. This time it's a slip in the United defence that leads to a goal. Evra loses his footing, allowing Schneiderlin to race in and plant a brilliant header past Lindegaard from Lambert's cross.
No changes from either manager at the break. Kagawa goes close to nudging United ahead in the 49th minute, but plants his left-foot shot from the edge of the area just wide, following nice interplay between himself and Van Persie.
HALF-TIME: Saints 1 Manchester United 1.
Valencia picks out Evra at the far post, as Clyne slips again, but Kelvin Davis is on hand to push away the left-back's downward header in the 40th minute. Ward-Prowse and Lallana both saw earlier shots drift wide, as Saints continue to show they pose a threat.
Fantastic game so far. Rickie Lambert hit a stinging half-volley wide moments after Van Persie's equaliser, while the Dutchman curled a shot over the bar from the edge of the area at the other end in the 27th minute. The ex-Arsenal frontman had another opportunity two minutes later, with a free-kick just outside the area, following Fonte's trip on Welbeck, but he floated his effort wide.
GOAL: Saints 1 Manchester United 1 (Van Persie 23): Clyne slips as he tries to cut out Valencia's cross to the back post from the right wing, allowing Van Persie to chest the ball down and emphatically power it past Kelvin Davis.
GOAL: Saints 1 Manchester United 0 (Lambert 16): Schneiderlin pounces on the ball in midfield, plays it into Steven Davis, who in turn knocks it wide to Puncheon. He floats a lovely cross in towards the back post, where Lambert outjumps Rafael to head past Lindegaard.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Manchester United have pinned Saints back in their own half in the early stages. Robin van Persie has come closest to scoring so far, chesting down Michael Carrick's deep pass in the sixth minute before hitting a first-time volley wide of the far post.
The teams are out on the pitch at St Mary's. Kick-off now just moments away.
New signing Gaston Ramirez has been paraded on the pitch to a great reception from the home fans. We should see him in action for the first time in a Saints shirt at Arsenal in just under two weeks' time.
Two changes for Saints from the side that lost 2-0 to Wigan last weekend at St Mary's. Guly do Prado and Jay Rodriguez drop to the bench, with teenager James Ward-Prowse and Jason Puncheon recalled to the starting line-up. That looks like being a midfield three of Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse and Davis, with Puncheon and Lallana providing wide support to Lambert. Zambia striker Emmanuel Mayuka gets a place on the bench.
For United, the big news is that Rio Ferdinand makes a surprise return to the team, having recovered from a groin injury. Goalkeeper David de Gea is dropped in favour of Anders Lindegaard. Ashley Young is out injured, meaning Danny Welbeck is handed a start.
Saints: K Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Puncheon, Lambert, Lallana.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Seaborne, Richardson, Rodriguez, Lee, Guly, Mayuka.
Manchester United: Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Valencia, Kagawa, Welbeck, Van Persie.
Subs: De Gea, Evans, Giggs, Chicharito, Nani, Scholes, Powell.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
Nigel Adkins gives his views on the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson, who today takes charge of his 1,000th league game as Manchester United manager:
"I think it is going to be a one-off when you look at it realistically. Demands are placed in the modern game now for someone to stay at a football club for so long. But if you look at the success they have had and the stability it has provided – the successful clubs probably have a consistent basis so maybe it is possible and that is the way to go. I had a good conversation with him a few years ago and I asked him about the longevity of management and it was “move with the times” and if you surround yourself with younger people you probably act a bit younger as well. I think he is a great example of how to do things. Obviously, at the time you think it is a long way away and very unrealistic I suppose for a Premier League club to go and bring a young manager in. So the only way you are going to get there is to get a club promoted and we are delighted we have been able to do that at Southampton. "
Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck on what he is expecting from Saints:
"I have watched both their games so far. They have played some really good football and have a few players to watch out for. Adam Lallana in particular is excellent. But the most important thing is to concentrate on our own team and make sure we play the right way."
Adam Lallana on how Saints plan to attack Manchester United today:
"You look around the pitch and they have got strength in every area, obviously Rooney was injured but Van Persie comes in. The experience they have got – Scholes, Giggs and Ferdinand, the list is endless really. I think if we concentrate on what we are good at, we are at home I think we have got a chance of getting a result. I think Everton proved the other week that if you come out of the traps and press them and get the fans behind you then you can create chances and go on to win games. I think we will play our own game…create chances and get crosses in the box and we have a good chance."
Good luck to the lads today will be tough game.hopefully we will get 3 points.@Persie_Official to score 1st— @WayneRooney 02 September 2012
EARLY TEAM NEWS: Manchester United’s main absentee this afternoon will be Wayne Rooney, after he sustained a nasty cut to his leg during last week’s game with Fulham. Ashley Young is also injured and set to miss out. There is better news at the back for Sir Alex Ferguson, though, with Jonny Evans fit to partner Nemanja Vidic in the centre of defence, meaning Michael Carrick can return to his normal midfield role. Phil Jones and Rio Ferdinand are both back in training, but are unlikely to be risked.
EARLY TEAM NEWS: Southampton will be without club record signing Gaston Ramirez, who did not complete his £12m move from Bologna in time to be eligible for this afternoon’s match. He should be unveiled to supporters before kick-off, though. Saints have also said that new centre half Maya Yoshida will not link up with the squad until after next week’s international break. However, Zambia striker Emmanuel Mayuka could make his debut, after joining from Swiss outfit BSC Young Boys earlier in the week. Midfielder Jack Cork is still likely to be out with an ankle injury.
Good afternoon everyone and welcome along to the Daily Echo’s blog covering today’s meeting between Saints and Manchester United, at St Mary’s (kick-off 4pm). Nigel Adkins’ team are still searching for their first point of the Premier League campaign, and it will be some achievement if they can get off the mark today, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s men coming to town. However, there is hope for Saints, as United haven’t experienced the best of starts either, losing 1-0 at Everton in their opening game before scraping past Fulham 3-2 at Old Trafford last week. These contests are normally entertaining, and Saints have some fond memories to call on, notably the 6-3 victory at the Dell in October 1996, as well as the 3-1 win the season beforehand, when United wore (at least for some of the match) their infamous grey shirts. But United have been successful on their last four visits to St Mary’s, and will be desperate to give Ferguson a result to remember in his 1,000th league game in charge of the club. We will have the teams and updates for you throughout the afternoon.