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Stuart Armstrong scored his third goal in a week to put Southampton ahead in the 13th minute, capitalising on suspect defending from the visitors.

A makeshift United defence, including young midfielder Scott McTominay, continued to look vulnerable and soon enough it was two, with Cedric Soares curling a sublime free kick into the net with 20 minutes on the clock.

No Premier League side has dropped more points from winning positions than Southampton this season, though, and United were back in it in the 33rd minute through Romelu Lukaku, who ended a run of 12 games without a goal for United in all competitions.

Six minutes later and Southampton were breached once again as Ander Herrera drew United level with a fine finish.

David de Gea was forced into a smart late save to preserve a point for United, who are now six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea having played a game more, while Southampton stayed in the bottom three and remained winless at home.

SOUTHAMPTON 2-2 MANCHESTER UNITED | ARMSTRONG (12), CEDRIC (19), LUKAKU (32), HERRERA (38)

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Cedric, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Stephens, Lemina, Valery, Redmond, Hojberg, Armstrong, Obafemi

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Young, Jones, McTominay, Shaw, Pogba, Matic, Herrera, Rashford, Lukaku , Fellaini

  • Michael Obafemi makes Premier League debut
  • Stuart Armstrong opens the scoring with thunderous finish
  • Cedric doubles lead with fine free-kick
  • Romelu Lukaku pulls one back
  • Ander Herrera back-heels past Alex McCarthy

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

SOUTHAMPTON 2-2 MANCHESTER UNITED

FT: Points shared at St Mary’s. Despite the fact Southampton went 2-0 ahead – I suspect a point is better than most supporters were expecting. As for United… they are now 16 points behind Manchester City.

93: Any late drama, guys? Possibly. Gabbiadini draws the foul from Ashley Young and Southampton will have one last chance to deliver… rubbish. Saints load the box but Gabbiadini decides to shoot from 30 yards. Over.

Mark Hughes throws his arms up in frustration.

92: Davis replaces Lemina for the final two minutes.

90: Four minutes of added time. Jose Mourinho sends Marouane Fellaini upfield to act as a striker. Standard.

Danger! Anthony Martial is fouled just outside the penalty area to the left of the goal. Ashley Young steps up… straight to the goalkeeper.

88: Looks that both sides are happy to take a point now. Nothing in the way of chances to discuss as Manchester United knock it from side to side.

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

85: I spy Jesse Lingard getting ready to enter the mix. Tough to call a winner – but Southampton have shaded the better chances over the last 10 minutes. But, as we’ve said so many times this season, can they make it count?

Lingard on for Romelu Lukaku.

83: Ander Herrera with a late sliding tackle that prevents Gabbiadini’s long-ranger from doing any damage. What IS doing damage is the department next to mine watching Strictly at ridiculous noise levels. If it weren’t an ABBA medley I’d complain…

80: Save! A burst of excitement as we enter the final ten minutes. David de Gea makes a fingertip save to deny Redmond from distance. Redmond then delivers a drilled, flat corner that Hojbjerg diverts wide.

78: Southampton collecting a bit of momentum now as Hojberg spots David de Gea off his line. The midfielder looks for the chip but no chance that’s beating De Gea from there.

77: Sorry, what? Not quite sure what Jose Mourinho is thinking but Marcus Rashford is off. He’s brought top scorer Anthony Martial on. An injury perhaps? I can’t see any other reason why he’d be taken off.

75: Wooosh! Nathan Redmond finds space down the right and sends a teasing cross through the penalty area but Gabbiadini didn’t gamble and the ball rolls out of play. Redmond follows up with a terrible long-ranger.

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

73: Diogo Dalot comes on to replace the injured Luke Shaw. I believe that’s his Premier League debut.

It looks like Dalot will slot in at right-back with Ashley Young switching to the left.

72: You sense if United grab a late winner – Marcus Rashford will be involved. He’s the most proactive player the visitors have and looks to have bundles of energy left in the tank.

Pause in play with Luke Shaw down injured. I’m no doctor, but It looks like a hamstring injury.

69: Paul Pogba sees the potential to go viral when a bouncing ball sits up perfectly for the overhead kick. The only problems is that he’s 13 yards from goal and can’t beat McCarthy.

66: Michael Obafemi receives a deserved round of applause as Manolo Gabbiadini replaces him.

65: Penalty appeal! McTominay is stuck to Obafemi like glue and the pair hit the deck inside the penalty area. Mark Hughes is going ballistic on the sidelines – he thought it was stonewall. He always does though to be fair.

63:  “Foul on Paul Pogba by Yan Valery. Referee should ask him to come on over…” I can’t take credit for that cheesy outdated joke folks, that belongs to PaddyPower.

60: Another update and another booking. I make that six in total today. Calm down lads!

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

57: Paul Pogba is a lucky boy. Having JUST been booked he then blatantly drags Obafemi to the floor. Kevin Friend ignores it.

Nathan Redmond decides it’s his turn to take this free-kick and drives it straight at De Gea. No idea why Cedric, who scored a terrific free-kick earlier, hasn’t been asked to take another.

54: I suspect Jose Mourinho and Mark Hughes had a few choice words with their defenders over the break. Looks to have done the trick with neither having leaked yet. Yet. Yet…

51: Booked! Paul Pogba is shown a yellow for a forceful challenge on Mario Lemina.

Lemina catches Pogba a few seconds later and Pogba looks at the referee as if to say “come on, his turn now!” Kevin Friend obliges.

48: Southampton just about survive an early Manchester United corner – McTominay is adjudged to have pushed McCarthy.

SOUTHAMPTON 2-2 MANCHESTER UNITED

45: And we’re back underway folks. No changes for either side. There’s a very reserved atmosphere inside the stadium now – I really don’t think anyone has a clue what to expect!

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

SOUTHAMPTON 2-2 MANCHESTER UNITED

HT: Entertaining… probably not too fun to watch for those who enjoy watching well-drilled defences. Southampton stunned Manchester United with two cracking early goals – but Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera have dragged Jose Mourinho’s side back into contention.

Grandstand finish coming up soon!

46: Save! Ander Herrera is thirsty for more goals and fizzes one towards goal but McCarthy makes the save.

45: Marcus Rashford has provided two assists in a single game in all comps for Man Utd for just the second time in his career (also vs Crystal Palace in September 2017).

Two minutes added time.

43: The infamous Romelu Lukaku “first touch” bug comes back to haunt him. Ashley Young plays a delicate chip over to the Belgian, who can’t bring it under his spell.

40: I’m seeing lots of appreciation for Ander Herrera’s attitude. He immediately grabbed the ball and went back to his half – wanting to get on with the game. Draws against 19th-placed Southampton are NOT good enough.

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

SOUTHAMPTON 2-2 MANCHESTER UNITED | HERRERA

38: Is there any point in me telling you that NOBODY in the Premier League has lost more points from winning positions than Southampton?

Yes, Manchester United are level thanks to a tremendous, powerful run from Marcus Rashford, and a divine flicked finish from Ander Herrera.

The England intentional runs the better part of 40 yards before cutting it back from the byline for the unmarked Herrera to improvise with a crafty back-heeled finish.

35: Bit feisty. Marouane Fellaini and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are booked within 60 seconds for a couple of robust challenges. Getting heated now!

SOUTHAMPTON 2-1 MANCHESTER UNITED | LUKAKU

32: Didn’t I just mention the Manchester United comeback against Newcastle?!

It’s game on here at St Mary’s as Romelu Lukaku ends his goal-drought in emphatic fashion. Marcus Rashford feeds the striker and he buries it.

You have to fear for those water bottles sat perilously close to Jose…

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

31: Manchester United United 2-0 down, 65+ minutes to go. I think we all know what’s going to happen here… They’ll need to raise the tempo if they are planning on doing that.

30: Well, half-hour gone and nothing too troubling for Southampton to deal with. And as I write that, Marcus Rashford thumps a long-ranger that might just have landed on the moon.

29: Nathan Redmond’s cross is scrambled clear with Cedric Soares lurking but United just about thump it clear.

27: Stuart Armstrong has scored with each of his last three shots in the Premier League, having failed to net with any of his first four shots in the competition.

25: Big chance for United to pull one back as Ashley Young delivers a superb cross from the right that Scott McTominay heads over from inside the six-yard box.

23: Right… sorry I can’t really believe the start Southampton have made. Jose Mourinho has spent £400m on this side – anyone know what he’s got for his money?

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

SOUTHAMPTON 2-0 MANCHESTER UNITED | CEDRIC

20: Oh my word – you simply can’t hit a free-kick any better than that!

Full-back Cedric scores on his 100th appearance for Southampton with a sumptuous free-kick that flies over the wall and perfectly into the top left-hand corner.

Scott McTominay decided to kneel behind the wall to stop Cedric from shooting low, but he was about as much use a a blow-up dartboard.

19: How’s the Manchester United response been? I’ll tell you when I see it. Southampton are the ones on the attack with Cedric and Redmond standing over a free-kick about 20-yards from goal.

United have virtually everyone in the wall.

16: So how long before Liverpool come sniffing around Michael Obafemi? I expect to see rumours before Christmas eve. I’ll set up a sweepstake later.

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED | ARMSTRONG

13: It’s a bonafide stonker from Stuart Armstrong folks! United simply aren’t at the races and have been punished for a woeful lack of organisation at the back.

The Scottish international scores his third goal in seven days after Nathan Redmond feeds 18-year-old Michael Obafemi, who keeps his composure to flick the ball over to Armstrong to power underneath David de Gea.

Mark Hughes given the perfect start, although you wouldn’t have guessed it judging by his expression.

10: Manchester United have enjoyed 65 percent possession but they’ve found it difficult to cause Southampton any real problems.

8: Southampton’s bright young thing Michael Obafemi makes his Premier League debut tonight having impressed against Leicester. Early impressions are that he’s rapid and not afraid to shoot from anywhere.

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

5: What?! I don’t believe what I’ve just witnessed.

Alex McCarthy goes to clear a routine backpass but completely misses the ball. Marcus Rashford keeps it from rolling out of play with a bizarrely nonchalant back-heel to nobody at all. Somehow Romelu Lukaku collects and his low shot is blocked before Saints eventually boot it into space.

Definitely a passage you’ll see on ‘the 100 worst goalkeeping blunders’ over Christmas.

3: Southampton free-kick to start us off but Fellaini rises highest to head clear. He simply cannot stop endearing himself to Mourinho. Very Maradona-esque, right Jose?

SOUTHAMPTON 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED

1: Right then, we’re underway. I’ll be honest with you – I’ve not been looking forward to tonight’s match. United were dreadful in Europe during the week and Saints weren’t much better in the anonymous Carabao Cup clash with Leicester. Fingers crossed I’m completely wrong.

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

The starting XI…

17:25: Quick reminder for y’all.

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Stephens, Valery, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Armstrong, Cedric, Redmond, Obafemi.

Subs: Hoedt, Davis, Austin, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Gabbiadini, Gunn.

Manchester United XI: de Gea, Young, McTominay, Jones, Shaw, Matic, Ander Herrera, Fellaini, Pogba, Lukaku, Rashford.

Subs: Mata, Martial, Lingard, Rojo, Fred, Dalot, Romero.

Referee: Kevin Friend

Lights show

17:20: Impressive lights display at St Mary’s this evening. I mean, even if the football is terrible then that was well worth admission price.

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

Twitter round-up

Edward: I’m convinced all Manchester United players do during training is wrestle each other rather than actually train. We see no improvement on the pitch whatsoever on match days and all these players are picking up random injuries when some hardly ever start games.

Zee: Shocking shocking line up. Four defensive midfielders. Don’t want to be negative but we’re playing the worst team in the league…

Chris: Our line up today gives me the jitters…. Hoping a performance proves me wrong but I’ve a bad feeling about this game.

Matic or Vidic

17:10:  “I would like to have Nemanja Vidic but no Vidic, only Nemanja Matic and he is a midfield player,” Jose Mourinho explains to BT Sport.

I suspect there are quite a few Manchester United supporters saying the same thing.

Be positive

17:05: Easier said than done, Mark.

Mark Hughes has challenged his team to “be versatile” as they look to kickstart their season with a positive result against Manchester United.

The Saints boss believes keeping an open mind on how to approach each game will prove key as the former United striker prepares to tackle one of his old clubs, themselves not in the most consistent form.

“We looked at a different thing (against Leicester) – different in terms of formation, going back to three at the back,” said Hughes.

“That will have positives in games, and sometimes there’s negatives in any formation you go with, but it was interesting to see how the guys got back to that system and they looked very, very comfortable with it.

“I think that’s the benefit of the work we’ve done during the summer, so very quickly they understood the fundamentals of that.”

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

Alexis injury

17:00: So we need to talk about Alexis.

The Chilean forward to be sidelined for around six weeks after he injured his hamstring in training on Thursday.

“No scans yet, but the player is experienced, the player knows what the injury is,” Mourinho said. “Also from the top of my experience, just the painful scream and the way the injury happened, I know it’s going to be for a long time.

“It’s not a little muscular injury that in one week or 10 days, the player is ready.”

So… huge Christmas party round your house then, Alexis?

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

All aboard the banter bus

16:55: Vintage press conference from Jose Mourinho yesterday. Having crushed Manchester United’s transfer hopes in January – he’s somehow got the words “Marouane Fellaini” and “Maradona” in the same sentence.

Jose said Fellaini is no Maradona but he scores important goals and deserves plenty of credit.

“I think now everyone gives him what he deserves,” Mourinho said. “Everybody knows Marouane is not Diego Maradona but everybody knows what Marouane is and what he can give… this season and also last he did what strikers couldn’t do, which is score important goals in important moments.”

Fellaini has been at United since 2013, brought to the club by his former Everton boss David Moyes in a move that did not go down particularly well with fans.

Now that’s an understatement If ever I heard one…

Team news

16:50: Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku both return to Manchester United’s line-up as boss Jose Mourinho makes five changes for the Premier League trip to Southampton.

Ashley Young steps in as captain, with Scott McTominay and Ander Herrera starting, as United returned to league action after Tuesday’s Champions League win against Young Boys.

Saints’ academy defender Yan Valery makes his Premier League debut, with Michael Obafemi stepping in for his first league start.

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Jose on transfers

16:45: Any Manchester United fans hoping for a BIG superstar name to arrive in January may be left disappointed, according to Jose.

Mourinho believes the Premier League landscape has changed to such an extent that Manchester United are no longer able to entice their rivals with big-money offers for players.

“It’s more difficult to buy players of a high, high level. The clubs are more powerful. The clubs don’t want to sell, and to sell is to go to absolutely incredible levels,” Mourinho said.

“Before the smaller clubs were almost begging big clubs, ‘Get my best players. I need to sell. Please, you are powerful. Buy my best player’. At this moment, they don’t want to sell.

“A few years ago, who was Tottenham’s best player? Michael Carrick. And a few years later, who was the best player? Berbatov. Can we go there now and bring Harry Kane? Dele Alli, (Christian) Eriksen, Son (Heung-min)? Can we go there and bring those players here? No.

“The transfer market is very difficult unless the clubs want to go to what I call crazy numbers.

“You have no chance in the market unless you go to crazy numbers, or instead you go to what you call the second level players and still have crazy numbers, but that second level is the level people say, and I agree, that’s not what Manchester United is.

“Honestly, I don’t think we are going to sign (anyone in January). If we do, I would say one player. I don’t see us going more than that.”

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Twitter reaction

Josh: McDoNothing over Fred, our new £50m signing. I’m on the verge of giving up, can’t stand this anymore.

Fred: Seriously? Dalot is available but you still choose Tominay? Do you still want to stay here or what, Mou?

Sanches: This is a joke, Mctominay starts ahead of Fred & Periera, Matic at CB ahead of Rojo, Jose losing the plot.

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

The starting XI…

16:30: The wait is over – here are today’s line-ups. Not 100 percent sure what to make of these sides – Nemanja Matic or Scott McTominay at centre-back?

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Stephens, Valery, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Armstrong, Cedric, Redmond, Obafemi.

Subs: Hoedt, Davis, Austin, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Gabbiadini, Gunn.

Manchester United XI: de Gea, Young, McTominay, Jones, Shaw, Matic, Ander Herrera, Fellaini, Pogba, Lukaku, Rashford.

Subs: Mata, Martial, Lingard, Rojo, Fred, Dalot, Romero.

Referee: Kevin Friend

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: PA)

Will Red Devils turn up heat on Hughes?

16:28: When your side are scrapping for points at the wrong end of the table, having not won in the Premier League for nine games and just gone out of the Carabao Cup on penalties at Leicester, the spotlight is always likely to be very much on your own future.

Hosting Manchester United therefore is probably not what the doctor ordered. Southampton boss Mark Hughes, though, insists talk of his position is very much “water off a ducks back” and he will meet the challenge of facing his old club head on. “It is an opportunity for us and is not one we should be apprehensive about,” he said.

Twitter round-up

Tommy: Shouldn’t be negative but in all honesty I see us getting absolutely trounced today. Romelu Lukaku will be played back into form and we won’t score. Prediction. United 4-0.

David: To have scored only 20 goals after 13 games and have a -1 goal difference is nothing short of embarrassing and has to be rectified starting today at Southampton.

Angelina: It’s MATCHDAY! We haven’t come back from international break with great performances but I’m optimistic and confident today. Let’s get those 3 points!

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: PA)

Afternoon…

16:20: Hello, fancy seeing you here.

Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League as Southampton host Manchester United at St Mary’s Stadium.

Hosting Manchester United therefore is probably not what the doctor ordered for Mark Hughes.

Southampton have not managed a league win since September 1 and are currently joint-bottom alongside Fulham.

“It is an opportunity for us and is not one we should be apprehensive about,” said Sparky.

I’m sure we’ll find out if his players are equally confident very soon. Time for some team news and line-ups I think.

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: GETTY)

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates

Southampton vs Manchester United: Premier League LIVE score, goals and updates (Image: REUTERS)

SOUTHAMPTON vs MANCHESTER UNITED

Southampton will again be without forward Danny Ings due to a hamstring problem. Ryan Bertrand is struggling with a back issue which has kept him out of full training, while Shane Long continues treatment on his ankle injury.

Manchester United will be without Alexis Sanchez and Victor Lindelof. Sanchez is set to be sidelined for around six weeks after injuring his hamstring in training, while Lindelof joins fellow defenders Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian on the sidelines with a muscular injury that could keep him out for three weeks.

Last season: Man Utd 0 Southampton 0, Southampton 0 Man Utd 1

Last five league matches: Southampton D D L D L; Man Utd D W W L D

Top scorers: Danny Ings (Southampton) 5; Anthony Martial (Man Utd) 7

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)


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