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29 January 2011
• St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
Referee: M. Atkinson
• Attendance: 28792
R. Chaplow 45'
M. Owen 65'
J. Hernández 76'
90' + 4'
FULL TIME. SOUTHAMPTON 1-2 MANCHESTER UNITED. It may not have been the best of games, but United are in the fifth round and thats all Sir Alex Ferguson cares about. Chaplow gave Southampton fans hopes of a huge upset, but second half goals from Michael Owen and Javier Hernandez were enough to give United an unconvincing victory.
90' + 3'
United are seeing this game out very comfortably, with Giggs, Hernandez and Scholes keeping possession quite superbly in a congested area down the left hand side.
90' + 2'
Yellow CardDanny Butterfield
FOUR MINUTES ADDED ON.
Southampton haven't been able to cope with Nani's trickery down the left hand side and since his introduction United have looked a class apart from the League 1 outfit. The winger collects a pass from O'Shea and does well to get to the bye-line before finding Owen in the box. Owen can't make the most of it though and Southampton clear.
Southampton goalscorer Chaplow is replaced by Oscar Gobern. The midfielder had a shot from range that went a few feet wide seconds before, and has had a fine game.
Dan Harding has been the star performer for the home side and despite being behind his performance continues to be top drawer. The full back gallops down the left hand side only to be met by Gabriel Obertan who has tracked back very well in the second half.
Guilherme Do Prado
The home fans are in shock as United have shown their resilience once again by coming from behind for the second away game in a row! Southampton look shaken up and United could get a couple more goals here.
GOAL!! MANCHESTER UNITED!! HERNANDEZ!! SOUTHAMPTON 1-2 MANCHESTER UNITED. The Mexican can't stop scoring! Ryan Dickson gives the ball away in a dangerous area and Owen finds Giggs who plays a fabulous ball to Hernandez, who despite slipping, manages to slot the ball past Bialkowski via the foot of the post. Comeback complete!
End to end stuff at the moment. The ball drops to Nani on the edge of the area and the winger does well to hit the target with a well struck half volley.
Inches wide from Harding! Southamptonrun a corner straight from the training ground as Chamberlain runs to collect a short corner before finding Harding, who drills a vicious cross across the face of goal that somehow eludes everyone in the six yard box and goes behind for a goal kick. Haven't seen a corner like that before!
Guly Do Prado is having an absolute nightmare tonight, giving the ball away far too regularly for the home fans liking. Won't be surprised if he's substituted soon.
GOAL!! MANCHESTER UNITED!! OWEN!! SOUTHAMPTON 1-1 MANCHESTER UNITED. Classic Michael Owen. Obertan does superbly down the right side and gets a cross in which deflects off a Southampton defender and bounces into the path of Owen, who gets his head to the ball and finds the bottom left hand corner. A poachers goal and you wouldn't bet against United going on to win this game, they look a different side since the introduction of Nani and Giggs and Southampton have their work cut out for the final 25 minutes of this one!
First real chance of the second half for Manchester United. Nani breaks down the left hand side and drills in a low cross for Owen who makes a great run to the nearpost but blazes his effort well over the bar. Encouraging signs from United.
United have stepped it up since the introduction of Giggs and Nani, but still aren't troubling Bialkowski in the Southampton goal. The home goalkeeper hasn't had a save to make tonight, and with an hour gone that says it all about the performance of the Premier League leaders!
Double change for United, as Nani and Ryan Giggs replace the poor midfield duo of Darren Gibson and Anderson. A big statement from Ferguson who realises that he needs to do something to invigorate a side that has looked pretty awful tonight.
Michael Owen looks very rusty and off the pace tonight. It's no surprise though as he hasn't started since October.
Fantastic run from Harding who jinks his way to the edge of the box but runs out of steam and hits a very weak shot straight at Lindegaard.
Southampton look a new side since Chaplow's opener and have come out like a house on fire in the opening few minutes of the second half. This game is for the taking for Nigel Adkins' men.
Fabio Da Silva
45' + 2'
HALF TIME. SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED. An uninspiring first half comes to an end with Richard Chaplow's goal on the stroke of half-time. Big team talk for Sir Alex Ferguson as his side really haven't turned up for this cup tie. An interesting second half awaits.
GOAL!! SOUTHAMPTON!! CHAPLOW!! SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED. What a goal that is. Chaplow breaks into the box from the right-hand side and smashes a right footed half volley into the roof of the net, beating Lindegaard at his near post. The Dane had no chance and that's just what the game needed!
Southampton have had their fair share of long range shots tonight, Dan Harding is the latest player to try his luck as his weak curled effort goes straight at Lindegaard.
The strike pairing of Hernandez and Owen have been starved of any real service in this half. Sir Alex Ferguson will no doubt have a word with United's midfield at half-time to provide some chances for their front two.
Evans clumsily fouls Lee Barnard on the half-way line giving away a needless free-kick to the home side. The free-kick comes to nothing though.
Chaplow somehow gets away without a yellow card after hacking down Fabio as the full-back bombs forward down the left-hand side. From the resulting free-kick Obertan wastes a decent chance by smashing a poor shot well wide.
Butterfield looks up to see Lambert screaming for the ball in the penalty area, and swings in a cross that John O'Shea does well to clear.
Lambert has another free-kick from range that sails over the crossbar. Two good efforts from the Southampton man but hasn't quite found his rhythm yet.
Southampton are on top at the moment and haven't made the most of their set pieces, especially against an inexperienced United defence.
First shot of the night for Darren Gibson. The scorer of great goals tries his luck from range but his effort trickles tamely wide.
Great effort from Lambert. Southampton win a free-kick thirty yards from goal and the frontman steps up and tries to curl the ball into the top right-hand corner. He hits the ball with some power and for a moment it looks like it's hitting the target, but the ball continues to rise and sails over the crossbar. Not a million miles away though.
Almost a complete fluke goal for Owen. United's number seven looks for strike partner Hernandez with a cross from the right, but he mishits his cross and it sails over Bialkowski's head and cannons off the far post. Southampton fans breathe a sigh of relief!
Just as I write that Lindegaard hasn't been tested, Lambert reacts by getting the first shot on target of the match. Guly finds the striker on the edge of the area, who strikes a tame effort straight at Lindegaard.
Southampton are yet to test Manchester United's debutant goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard. Quite an uneventful start to the Danes career in English football!
So close to 1-0. Fabio finds Michael Owen, who tries to curl a shot into the bottom right hand corner, but the ball drifts agonisingly wide.
Southampton have the ball in the net, but the goal is ruled out for offside. Richard Chaplow's deflected effort fell kindly to the feet of Dan Harding, who tucked the ball into the bottom right hand corner with consumate ease. Replays show that the linesman made the correct decision, but only just!
Ricky Lambert is going to give Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling a rough evening, and Southampton win a corner after a long ball looking for the big striker is deflected behind. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
Chance for the in demand winger Alex Chamberlain to put himself in the shop window. He was watched by Sir Alex Ferguson recently so he is no stranger to the spotlight!
We are underway. Southampton kick us off attacking from right to left.
If ever a game needed a goal, this is it. It may be a Cup atmosphere here at St. Mary's, but the players on the pitch aren't delivering a very good spectacle at the moment!
FULL TEAMS: Southampton: Bialkowski, Butterfield, Fonte, Seaborne, Harding, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Schneiderlin, Chaplow, Do Prado, Lambert, Barnard. Subs: Davis, Richardson, Dickson, Martin, Gobern, Doble, N'Guessan. Man Utd: Lindegaard, O'Shea, Evans, Smalling, Fabio Da Silva, Gibson, Anderson, Scholes, Obertan, Hernandez, Owen. Subs: Kuszczak, Brown, Berbatov, Rooney, Giggs, Nani, Bebe. Referee: Martin Atkinson
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