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Premier League

  • October 19, 2013
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 75220

Manchester United 1-1 Southampton: Lovren heaps more misery on Moyes

The Red Devils went ahead through Robin van Persie but could not find a second after the break, and were made to pay at the death when the defender poked in from a corner.

Southampton scrambled in a late equalizer to secure a 1-1 draw and give Manchester United manager David Moyes another headache.

By Tom Maston
David Moyes’ popularity at Old Trafford will not have gone up much more as his side failed to see out a match it really should have wrapped up before Dejan Lovren’s last-gasp equalizer.

The defender, who has already scored the winning goal at Anfield this season, helped maintain the Saints’ excellent second-half record after Robin van Persie broke the deadlock in the first half.

Southampton was good value for the point after threatening throughout, and this was just more evidence that the club could be a serious European contender come the end of the season. The team's supporters certainly believe they are witnessing something special.
Robin van Persie struck in the 26th minute to end Southampton's run of not conceding in the past five matches in all competitions, but a combination of Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana bundled home in the 89th-minute to extend his side's unbeaten Premier League run to five matches.

Both teams made two changes from their previous top-flight outings a fortnight ago, with Jonny Evans and Marouane Fellaini replacing Nemanja Vidic and Tom Cleverley for the home side.

Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, brought in Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez in place of Daniel Fox, omitted altogether, and striker Rickie Lambert, who dropped to the bench.

Artur Boruc made the first save of note in the 11th minute, getting down smartly to deny Van Persie after the striker got on the end of Nani's pass 12 yards from goal.

Midway through the opening period, Adam Lallana robbed Wayne Rooney deep in the United half before feeding Pablo Osvaldo on the edge of the box, but the Italy international's shot was weak and David de Gea gathered comfortably.

A minute later, the visiting side was made to rue that miss as Van Persie put United in front.

Adnan Januzaj, celebrating the signing of a new five-year contract, released Rooney with a wonderful pass from deep and, although Boruc rushed from his line to deny the England forward, Van Persie collected the rebound and slotted the ball beyond the covering Lovren.

The momentum was firmly with the home side by this point, and two minutes later Rooney hammered a shot off the crossbar after collecting another Nani pass from the right.

After a quiet period either side of the break, Rooney slotted the ball beyond Boruc after exchanging passes with Van Persie in the 60th minute, only for the assistant referee to correctly raise his flag for offside.

Suddenly the game came to life, Van Persie heading Rooney's corner against the crossbar and, after the ball was hooked back into the box, Nani had a header well saved by Boruc down to his right.

Less than a minute later, the Polish goalkeeper was called into action again, beating away Januzaj's powerful drive from 30 yards before Fellaini blazed the rebound over.

De Gea denied Nathaniel Clyne with four minutes to go, but with just one minute remaining Lovren nodded James Ward-Prowse's corner down into the ground for Lallana to somehow send the ball past the Spanish goalkeeper from a matter of inches.

The result means United has taken just five points from four home league matches this season as the club's Premier League title defense continues to falter.

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