Sunday September 2, 2012 Day 3 Finished St. Mary's Stadium

Southampton 2 - 3 Manchester United

  • Lambert 16’
  • Schneiderlin 55’
  • van Persie 23’, 87’, 90’

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  1. RVP hat-trick breaks Southampton's hearts

    RVP hat-trick breaks Southampton's hearts

    Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick, including a stoppage time winner, as Manchester United snatched a 3-2 victory over Southampton. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Southampton
    • Manchester United
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • FT AND THERE IS THE FINAL WHISTLE!!! Van Persie the hero for United despite a penalty miss. How unlucky for Southampton – a brave effort.
    • 90+4 Southampton appeal for penalty after Rio Ferdinand appeared to push a red shirt in the box.
    • 90+3 Nani whipped in the corner and Van Persie peeled out off the near post and positioned a wonderful header right into the opposite corner. What a player he is.
    • 90+2 HAT-TRICK FOR VAN PERSIE!!!!! He has put United in front with a superb header from a corner.
    • 90+1 There will be four extra minutes.
    • 90' Southampton enjoying a nice spell of pressure but then Danny Fox tries a miracle shot and it goes miles over.
    • 89' Hooiveld rises highest from the corner but Vidic does enough to defended it away.
    • 89' Southampton now have a corner after Rodriguez's shot was blocked over the bar.
    • 88' GOAL FOR UNITED!!!! Van Persie has made up for his penalty miss by rolling into an empty net after Rio Ferdinand's header came off the post from Rafael's cross.
    • 87' Hernandez takes the ball down superbly instead the box and looks set to fire on goal but Clyne slides in a makes a great last ditch tackle.
    • 86' Hernandez gets up very well but can't direct his header on target – it goes well wide.
    • 84' Fonte with a panicky clearance out for a United throw when he actually had loads of time.
    • 83' Rafael limping a little but he will have to shake it off as all the subs have been made.
    • 82' Rafael lucky to escape without a booking for a foul on Rodriguez.
    • 81' Steven Davis mishits a clearance and that could have gone anywhere but it flies over the bar.
    • 80' United having lots of the ball now but Southampton still scrapping well and they look organised too.
    • 79' Southampton taking off the excellent Lallana and on comes Jay Rodriguez.
    • 77' Van Persie with a right-foot shot that would have been interesting had it not been blocked by Hooiveld.
    • 76' Mayuka and Guly are now Southampton's two most advanced players.
    • 74' The excellent Jason Puncheon is coming off and new signing Emmanuel Mayuka comes on. Ricky Lambert is also coming off and Guly do Prado comes on too.
    • 73' Just some little signs that Southampton are getting a little deep here – they need to be careful.
    • 72' Hernandez comes for Welbeck. That's United's final change.
    • 71' Van Perise tries a shot with his weaker right foot but it flashes wide.
    • 70' Well this match has had a bit of everything – a real cracking and 20 minutes still to go.
    • 69' VAN PERSIE'S PENALTY IS SAVED!!! He tried a little dinked penalty and Davis makes up for his poor pass that led to the penalty by making a good save. Poor penalty by RVP though – he tried to be too smart.
    • 68' PENALTY FOR UNITED – Hooiveld slides in behind Van Persie after Davis had given the ball way cheaply.
    • 67' Lambert springs the offside trap and is able to run into the box. The angle means he can't shoot so he tries to slip it across to Ward-Prowse but Ferdinand gets there first.
    • 66' Roy Hodgson here today – he is sure to be impressed with some of the Southampton players.
    • 65' Lallana flagged for offside after slipping in behind the United defence. A harsh enough decision as he looked to be level.
    • 63' More lovely work by Southampton and Evra has to make a strong challenge to stop Lallana.
    • 62' Scholes with an instant impact as he slides a ball in behind the defence for Van Persie. The Dutch striker fires a shot on target despite the tough angle but smart save from Davis.
    • 61' Double change for United – Scholes and Nani come on and Kagawa and Cleverley make way.
    • 60' More superb stuff from Southampton as they work the ball to Lallana but he can't get any power on his shot.
    • 59' Rafael has to be strong and alert to head clear a Davis cross with Lambert lurking.
    • 58' Puncheon tricks Evra inside the box and goes round him, he then fires towards the near post and Lindegaard has to make a good save.
    • 56' Not too dissimilar to the first Southampton goal. Lambert was the provider this time as he curled in a right foot cross from the edge of the area. Patrice Evra then slipped at the back post leaving Schneiderlin free to head the ball into the corner of the net.
    • 55' GOAL FOR SOUTHAMPTON!!! Schneiderlin has put them back in front with a free header.
    • 54' Poor pass from Kelvin Davis is pounced on by Valencia – he feeds Van Persie in the box and you are expecting a goal but instead he redirects the ball well wide.
    • 53' Carrick now sees a shot of his own blocked at the other end. Kagawa coming a bit more into the match now for United.
    • 52' Remember this is not the only game going on. Newcastle are currently playing Aston Villa. Follow that live here
    • 51' Great block from Michael Carrick after Puncheon cut in from the right and tried a left foot shot.
    • 49' Kagawa fires just wide from the edge of the area after a lovely little flick from Robin van Persie.
    • 48' Vidic nearly puts Rafael free down the right wide but the ball just overruns.
    • 47' Lambert manages to take a ball down on his chest but United clear before he can think of what to do next.
    • 46' And we are back underway.
    • HT And there is the half-time whistle – a cracking half of football – let's hope for more of the same after the break.
    • 45' One extra minute.
    • 45' Long ball seeks out Van Persie behind the defence again but he just can't get it under control.
    • 44' Kagawa gets a ball in the back of the head. He just shrugs it off though.
    • 42' Kagawa tries to find Van Persie in the box but the ball was a little behind the Dutch striker.
    • 41' Lallana wants a free-kick on the edge of the box but the referee says play on.
    • 40' Valencia with another deep cross and once again Clyne slips. Evra comes rushing in and heads the ball down into the ground. Davis has to make a smart save to stop it.
    • 38' Welbeck loses possession but then tracks back superbly to gather back the ball.
    • 37' Possession is 50-50 – Southampton very much giving as good as they're getting.
    • 35' Big cheers from the home fans as Lambert is awarded a free. He just stood his ground and Vidic came over the top of him.
    • 34' Lallana is popping up everywhere – he drags another shot wide that was close despite lacking power.
    • 33' Lambert wins a header to flick the ball on dangerously but Lindegaard is alert and comes out to gather.
    • 32' Nice one-two between Ward-Prowse and Davis but the 17-year-old then drags his shot wide of the target.
    • 31' Nice skills from Lallana on the edge of the box and he gets in a good cross despite being under pressure but there is nobody there to get on the end of it.
    • 30' Danny Welbeck going very deep for United at times. Playing more as midfielder than a forward.
    • 29' Poor effort from Van Persie – he tries a dainty curled effort but it goes well wide.
    • 28' United break down the right again – the ball is checked back to Welbeck who is fouled inside the D by Danny Fox. Van Persie will fancy this.
    • 27' Van Persie curls another shot well over the bar from the edge of the area. Southampton fans must have had hearts in mouths when they saw it drop to him.
    • 26' Great pace about this match – very entertaining to watch.
    • 25' Lambert with a decent left foot strike from outside the box after the ball bounced nicely for him but it just drifts wide.
    • 24' Valencia put a cross into the back post. Clyne slipped allowing Van Persie to take the ball on his chest and then bury the half volley low into the opposite corner. Classy finish.
    • 23' GOAL FOR UNITED – Typically impressive finish by Robin Van Persie.
    • 22' Aston Villa have gone 1-0 up at Newcastle – you can follow that match here. Newcastle v Aston Villa: LIVE
    • 21' Cleverley wins the ball and feeds Kagawa. The Japanese international fires a low shot from outside of the box early but Davis gets down to push it away for a corner.
    • 21' Rickie Lambert's goal is Southampton’s first PL goal at St.Mary’s for seven years, since the club lost 2-1 to today’s opponents, Manchester United in May 2005.
    • 20' Southampton growing in confidence now – Kagawa having a tough shift in midfield for United – he can't get onto the ball.
    • 18' St Mary's is rocking now as you might expect.
    • 16' Kagawa was caught in possession and Southampton worked it to Puncheon. The winger then stood the ball up to the back post where Lambert had peeled off too. With Rafael only there for company there was only going to be one winner – Lambert guides the header into the corner of the net.
    • 16' GOAL FOR SOUTHAMPTON!!!! Lambert has put them in front.
    • 15' Schneiderlin tries a shot from distance but it is a shocker and goes wide and high. Southampton getting more and more into the game though.
    • 14' Clever corner by Southampton. They line all their men near the line but then Lallana drops out and they play it low for him. He fresh airs the shot though but that was well worked.
    • 13' Carrick makes a mess of a clearance and is forced to concede a corner.
    • 12' Manchester United have won their last four visits in all competitions to St Mary’s and they have started quite well here.
    • 10' Southampton coming into the game a little bit more. Lambert has just got his head on a cross but without much power on the cross there is not much power on the header.
    • 9' Ricky Lambert makes life difficult for Rio Ferdinand and Vidic has to come over and help out. Evra eventually clears the danger.
    • 8' United's pressing is impressive early too – they are not letting Southampton settle on the ball.
    • 7' Van Persie takes the ball down superbly on this chest after a long ball into the box from Carrick – his shot is not quite as impressive as it goes wide but the Dutchman looks in the mood already.
    • 5' Delightful flick from Van Persie after a chip into the box but Southampton manage to clear the danger.
    • 4' Huge cheers from the Saints fans as Lallana slides in to tackle Rafael.
    • 3' Van Persie's free is poor but it comes out to Rafael but his shot is then blocked.
    • 2' Ball still down in the Saints half – Rafael has now won a free down that right side.
    • 2' Bright start from United, Valencia has just won a corner for them down the right. Van Persie to take it.
    • 1' Man United, wearing white, get us underway.
    • 16:00 Nick Powell is on the Manchester United bench - Giggs had already played 111 league matches before his teammate Nick Powell was born on 23 Mar 1994. (Infostrada)
    • 15:55 Gaston Ramirez introduced to the Southampton fans – the Uruguayan won't play today but should be an exciting player for the Saints.
    • 15:50 It is Sir Alex Ferguson's 1000th league game in charge of Manchester United today. Here is what he said: "There have been so many wonderful players at the club and it has been a pleasure and an honour working with them.There's nothing I like better than to pull my car into the training ground of a morning and look forward to another few hours working with them and my staff."
    • 15:45 Nigel Adkins: “This is a fantastic game for our club and we are not just there to make up the numbers. We want to win."
    • 15:40 Manchester United have allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other team in the Premier League this season, with 13. And today, Fergie trusts Anders Lindegaard more than David De Gea to save those shots.
    • 15:35 Will Rooney be missedSince the start of 2010/11, Man Utd’s win % with Wayne Rooney starting in the league is 71% compared to just 55% without him. Then again, all those figures don't take into account the RVP effect. No wonder bookies have United at 3-5 on.
    • 15:30 The Saints' form has improved a lot since they last faced United at this ground, however: Southampton have won 27 of their last 36 league home matches, though 12 of those games were in League One and 23 in the Championship.
    • 15:25 Robin van Persie starts up front for the visitors, and Alex Ferguson's men will be confident. Manchester United have won their last four visits in all competitions to St Mary’s.
    • 15:20 TEAMS - Southampton: K Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Puncheon, Lambert, Lallana. /// Manchester United: Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa, Welbeck, Van Persie.
    • 15:17 United turn up today without Wayne Rooney after the horribly gash on the leg he picked up last week in a clash with Wigan's Hugo Rodallega. Rooney will be out for around four weeks.
    • 15:15 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Manchester United's trip to Southampton.
  • Summary

    • 90+2 HAT-TRICK FOR VAN PERSIE!!!!! He has put United in front with a superb header from a corner.
    • 88' GOAL FOR UNITED!!!! Van Persie has made up for his penalty miss by rolling into an empty net after Rio Ferdinand's header came off the post from Rafael's cross.
    • 69' VAN PERSIE'S PENALTY IS SAVED!!! He tried a little dinked penalty and Davis makes up for his poor pass that led to the penalty by making a good save. Poor penalty by RVP though – he tried to be too smart.
    • 68' PENALTY FOR UNITED – Hooiveld slides in behind Van Persie after Davis had given the ball way cheaply.
    • 62' Scholes with an instant impact as he slides a ball in behind the defence for Van Persie. The Dutch striker fires a shot on target despite the tough angle but smart save from Davis.
    • 58' Puncheon tricks Evra inside the box and goes round him, he then fires towards the near post and Lindegaard has to make a good save.
    • 56' Not too dissimilar to the first Southampton goal. Lambert was the provider this time as he curled in a right foot cross from the edge of the area. Patrice Evra then slipped at the back post leaving Schneiderlin free to head the ball into the corner of the net.
    • 55' GOAL FOR SOUTHAMPTON!!! Schneiderlin has put them back in front with a free header.
    • 54' Poor pass from Kelvin Davis is pounced on by Valencia – he feeds Van Persie in the box and you are expecting a goal but instead he redirects the ball well wide.
    • 49' Kagawa fires just wide from the edge of the area after a lovely little flick from Robin van Persie.
    • 40' Valencia with another deep cross and once again Clyne slips. Evra comes rushing in and heads the ball down into the ground. Davis has to make a smart save to stop it.
    • 34' Lallana is popping up everywhere – he drags another shot wide that was close despite lacking power.
    • 25' Lambert with a decent left foot strike from outside the box after the ball bounced nicely for him but it just drifts wide.
    • 24' Valencia put a cross into the back post. Clyne slipped allowing Van Persie to take the ball on his chest and then bury the half volley low into the opposite corner. Classy finish.
    • 23' GOAL FOR UNITED – Typically impressive finish by Robin Van Persie.
    • 21' Cleverley wins the ball and feeds Kagawa. The Japanese international fires a low shot from outside of the box early but Davis gets down to push it away for a corner.
    • 16' Kagawa was caught in possession and Southampton worked it to Puncheon. The winger then stood the ball up to the back post where Lambert had peeled off too. With Rafael only there for company there was only going to be one winner – Lambert guides the header into the corner of the net.
    • 16' GOAL FOR SOUTHAMPTON!!!! Lambert has put them in front.
    • 14' Clever corner by Southampton. They line all their men near the line but then Lallana drops out and they play it low for him. He fresh airs the shot though but that was well worked.
    • 7' Van Persie takes the ball down superbly on this chest after a long ball into the box from Carrick – his shot is not quite as impressive as it goes wide but the Dutchman looks in the mood already.
    • 15:20 TEAMS - Southampton: K Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Puncheon, Lambert, Lallana. /// Manchester United: Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa, Welbeck, Van Persie.
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