Saints earn point at United

premier-league Old Trafford | Sat 30 Dec 5.30PM | Attendance: 75,051
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MUN vs SOU As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints holding their own at Old Trafford
  • United lose top scorer Lukaku to injury early on
  • De Gea saves twice from Ward-Prowse and once from Long
  • McCarthy starts in goal for Saints

FULL TIME: Manchester United 0-0 Southampton

It finishes goalless! A great point for Saints, who fully deserved a share of the spoils. David De Gea was probably the busier keeper, making important saves from James Ward-Prowse (twice) and Shane Long. It's a clean sheet for Alex McCarthy on his first Premier League appearance for the club. Well done, lads 👏


United corner...

Saints are really hanging on now! One added minute remains...


Three added minutes...

There's your answer, with United finishing strongly. Stand tall, Saints!


Into the final minute of normal time...

United are turning the screw but everything they throw at Saints gets repelled. How many minutes will be added on?


Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond replaces Sofiane Boufal

Third and final change for Saints. Boufal was looking out on his feet, so on comes Redmond to add some energy for the closing stages.

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Six minutes to go!

Saints have done a great job in blunting the United attack. Can we hang on for a point, or even snatch all three? It wouldn't be unjust on the balance of play...


Southampton substitution: Mario Lemina replaces Dušan Tadić

Mauricio Pellegrino makes his second change as Lemina comes on to beef up the midfield.

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Offside flag denies Pogba

Mata delivers a free kick from a dangerous position. The ball bounces around in the Saints box and is eventually prodded in from close range by Pogba, but the flag is up to deny the Frenchman.


Yellow Card for James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Another booking for Saints, as this time Ward-Prowse is cautioned.


Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Shane Long

A typically industrious showing from Long comes to an end as Gabbiadini enters the fray for the final ten minutes.

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Stephens denies Shaw

United launch a more threatening attack as Shaw gets in down the left, but Stephens slides in to block his cross and concede a corner. Again, Saints deal with the set-piece as the home fans get increasingly frustrated with their team's inability to create.


Tadić goes close again

Long seemed to stop as if he thought he was offside as Saints build another attack, but he lays the ball off for Tadić to shoot first time. His side-footed effort from 20 yards rolls a couple of yards wide. Saints are posing the bigger goal threat here. Keep going, boys! 😇


Yellow Card for Nemanja Matic (Manchester United)

Matić is cautioned for bringing down Tadić as his compatriot skipped past him.


Tadić heads over

Saints still carry a threat on the break, as Boufal crosses but it's just fractionally behind Tadić, who can't keep his header down from ten yards.


Matić shoots wildly

Matić tries his luck from fully 35 yards but it flies a long way over the bar. United look short of ideas as Saints continue to frustrate the hosts.

Three-quarters of the game gone...

It's still goalless here at Old Trafford. United are starting to push more for the lead, but Alex McCarthy still has not had to make a really notable save to keep them at bay.


Young's free kick deflects wide

Martial immediately wins a free kick with his quick feet 25 yards from goal. Young shoots, but it takes a nick of the Saints wall and goes behind for a corner which is dealt with.


Manchester United substitution: Anthony Martial replaces Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Mkhitaryan has been sacrificed and on comes Martial to add more pace into the United attack.

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De Gea goes down injured

Ward-Prowse whips in a free kick towards Yoshida, which forces De Gea to punch the ball clear. The Spaniard clatters into Jones, but he's fine to continue.


Yellow Card for Sofiane Boufal (Southampton)

Boufal is the third Saints player to go into Craig Pawson's notebook, seemingly for a collection of fairly innocuous offences rather than one in particular.


Mkhitaryan forces a save

Mkhitaryan has been wasteful at times on his return to the United starting line-up, but this time he steps inside from the left and hits the target with a low shot. It's easily held by McCarthy.


Easy catch for McCarthy

United force two corners. The first is met with an important defensive header by Yoshida, who puts it behind for another, which Mata sends straight into the arms of McCarthy. José Mourinho's side do not look a huge threat on this form, but Saints must maintain their concentration.


De Gea saves from Long

Ward-Prowse crosses low from the right and Long is sharply on to it. He gets in front of Matić and shoots first time hard and low, but De Gea somehow flicks it over the crossbar with his foot. This is good stuff from Saints, and De Gea has been the busier keeper throughout.


McQueen dispossess Rashford

United break quickly from another Saints corner and Rashford threatens to run in behind, but McQueen gets back and makes a crucial last-ditch tackle.


Saints enjoying a good spell...

Southampton have started the second half well. Ward-Prowse delivers a cross before McQueen gets down the opposite flank and wins a corner, which is headed clear by Lindelöf.


The second half is up and running...

United restart proceedings and we're back under way at Old Trafford.

HALF TIME: Manchester United 0-0 Southampton

It's goalless at the interval, and Saints have given as good as they've got at Old Trafford. The hosts lost top scorer Romelu Lukaku to injury early on after he headed over from United's best chance, while David De Gea has twice denied James Ward-Prowse and Wesley Hoedt has also gone close.


Boufal wins a free kick

Saints have the chance to take the sting out of the game after Lingard catches Boufal. Meanwhile, Long is limping, so it will be interesting to see whether he reappears for the second half.


There will be six added minutes...

As expected, there's plenty of time still to play before the interval. Saints have six added minutes to negotiate, as Matić warms the gloves of McCarthy from distance.


Yellow Card for Wesley Hoedt (Southampton)

The big Dutchman goes into the book for kicking the ball away after a stoppage in play.


United applying pressure...

Again Mkhitaryan's final ball lets him down with Lingard well placed in the box. Shaw then has a shot blocked, before Lingard heads inches wide from another Mkhitaryan cross.


McCarthy gathers Mkhitaryan's cross

United win two corners in succession and frustrate their fans by taking both kicks short. Eventually Mkhitaryan crosses from the second of them, but McCarthy shows good hands to claim the ball after it skipped up awkwardly off the greasy surface.


Seven minutes to go in the first half...

Saints have controlled their illustrious hosts for the most part, but there's still plenty of time left in this first period. Expect a minimum of five minutes to be added on after the Lukaku injury.

Serbia's finest!

Dušan Tadić holds the ball up under pressure from Serbian international teammate Nemanja Matić.


United penalty appeal turned down

Referee Craig Pawson ignores loud appeals for a penalty as Lingard flicks the ball up on to Yoshida's hand, but the Saints skipper knew nothing about it. Clearly unintentional.


Rashford heads wide

Brilliant play down the right by Young, who digs out a superb cross from the byeline. McCarthy can't get to it, but the ball is just too high for Rashford behind him, who can only get the slightest touch as it skims off his head and away from danger.


McCarthy makes first save

Rashford's pace gets him in behind the Saints defence, who retreat to snuff out the first chance, but Mata steps on to the loose ball as it rolls invitingly to the edge of the box. McCarthy gets down sharply to save with his foot.


Yellow Card for Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton)

Shaw gets away from Ward-Prowse but not Højbjerg, who brings him down and becomes the first player to enter the book.


Hoedt heads wide

Saints win another corner. Ward-Prowse's delivery is perfect and Hoedt's run well timed, but the big defender cannot get enough on his header and glances it well wide from six yards.


United spurn counter-attack chance

Saints win two corners, but from the second of them United break at express pace. They have good numbers forward, but Mkhitaryan's final ball lets him down.


De Gea saves again

Long chases a long ball and wins a free kick for a clumsy push in the back by Lindelöf near the corner of the box. Ward-Prowse whips a shot towards the near post, but De Gea is in the right place to parry it for a corner.


Shaw crosses dangerously

Saints Academy graduate Shaw plays a neat one-two down the left and delivers a wonderful low cross just beyond the reach of Rashford. The ball is turned behind for a corner, but Saints eventually clear the danger.


United waste the free kick

Mata's eventual set-piece is not worth the wait from the home fans' point of view. He overhits his cross and it's out for a goal kick.


Manchester United substitution: Marcus Rashford replaces Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku is stretchered off after a five-minute stoppage. Rashford comes on in his place up front.

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Lukaku receives treatment...

There's a long break in play here as Lukaku is flat out on the pitch receiving treatment. The Belgian striker took a bang on the head from Hoedt as the two jumped for a high ball.


Ward-Prowse denied by De Gea!

Boufal gets in behind the United defence and picks out Ward-Prowse with an intelligent cutback. The midfielder sets his sights and shoots towards the bottom corner, but De Gea dives full length to keep the Saints man at bay. Encouraging signs!


Lukaku goes close

It's an early chance for the hosts, as Pogba spreads the play to Mata, whose cross from the right is headed over by Lukaku from eight yards. He should have at least tested McCarthy in the Saints goal.

We're under way! 😇

Southampton have kicked off and we're up and running at Old Trafford. Come on, lads! 💪


The teams are out!

The players are going through the traditional pre-match handshakes and kick-off is just moments away at Old Trafford.


today is a really important game for us. we have to perform better than we did at wembley, but the nice thing about football is that we have another opportunity. we have to fight for every ball and stay together.

wesley hoedt
southampton defender

Warm-ups complete ✅

Saints have been going through their pre-match routine and we're edging closer to kick-off here at Old Trafford. Stay with us for regular match updates!


20 minutes until kick-off! 

We're counting down to kick-off here at Old Trafford. Can Saints make it three wins out of four at the Theatre of Dreams?


4️⃣ changes for Saints!

Mauricio Pellegrino has made four alterations to his team beaten by Tottenham at Wembley on Boxing Day. Alex McCarthy, Sam McQueen, James Ward-Prowse and Dušan Tadić come in; Fraser Forster, Matt Targett, Mario Lemina and Nathan Redmond drop out.


Manchester United team confirmed

Starting XI: De Gea, Young, Jones, Lindelöf, Shaw, Pogba, Matić, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Lingard, Lukaku.

Subs: Romero, Rojo, Blind, Tuanzebe, Herrera, Martial, Rashford.


Saints team confirmed! 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Stephens, Yoshida, Hoedt, McQueen, Romeu, Højbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Tadić, Long.

Subs: Forster, Bednarek, Pied, Lemina, Davis, Redmond, Gabbiadini.


The players have arrived!

The Southampton squad is here at Old Trafford and the players have been inspecting the pitch prior to kick-off.


15 minutes until team news

We'll be revealing Mauricio Pellegrino's starting XI at 4.30pm BST. Who would you like to see in the Southampton line-up today?


Watch Saints prepare for United

Watch the players in action at Staplewood as Mauricio Pellegrino prepared his team for today's game.


Pick your favourite goal of the year!

Today marks our last fixture of 2017. There have been some great Saints goals along the way; which is your favourite?


from talking with the players, the first thing we have to change is ourselves. sometimes difficult moments are important to see how people react. this club was made from difficult situations, and hopefully we can bounce back from this moment and be strong again.

mauricio pellegrino
southampton manager

Pellegrino previews United test

We spoke with Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino ahead of today's game. Watch our interview here, as he discusses the challenge ahead against José Mourinho's men.


The countdown is on! ⏳

We're counting down to kick-off here at Old Trafford. Take a look at this video for all you need to know on how to keep up to date with this evening's action.


It's matchday! 😇

Saints return to Premier League action for the third time in eight days to face Manchester United at Old Trafford. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, live match updates and free audio commentary. Come on you Saints! 👊


MUN vs SOU Line Ups

Manchester United

David de Gea (GK)
Ashley Young
Victor Lindelöf
Phil Jones
Luke Shaw
Juan Mata
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
replace Anthony Martial (65′)
Nemanja Matic yellow card
Paul Pogba (C)
Jesse Lingard yellow card
Romelu Lukaku
replace Marcus Rashford (14′)
Anthony Martial
Marcus Rashford
Axel Tuanzebe
Sergio Romero
Daley Blind
Marcos Rojo
Ander Herrera


Alex McCarthy (GK)
Sam McQueen
Wesley Hoedt yellow card
Maya Yoshida (C)
Jack Stephens
Dusan Tadic
replace Mario Lemina (82′)
Oriol Romeu
James Ward-Prowse yellow card
Sofiane Boufal yellow card
replace Nathan Redmond (85′)
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg yellow card
Shane Long
replace Manolo Gabbiadini (80′)
Mario Lemina
Steven Davis
Jan Bednarek
Fraser Forster
Jérémy Pied
Manolo Gabbiadini
Nathan Redmond

MUN vs SOU Match Stats

Manchester United

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James Ward-Prowse
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James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
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Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
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Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy