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Old Trafford (ATT 75,220) 19th October 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Michael Jones

Man Utd Manchester United vs Southampton Southampton

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R van Persie (26)

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Southampton 1

A Lallana (89)

Premier League: Manchester United and Southampton draw 1-1 at Old Trafford

By Tom McDermott.   Last Updated: 20/10/13 3:04pm

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Dejan Lovren celebrates Lallana's scrambled leveller

Dejan Lovren celebrates Lallana's scrambled leveller

A last-minute goal from Adam Lallana secured Southampton a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.

The result leaves the champions in eighth spot, eight points behind leaders Arsenal after eight games played.

Best of the match

  • Save of the match: De Gea saved brilliantly from Clyne shortly before Lallana's goal. Did that prevent Southampton from claiming all three points?
  • Goal of the match: Van Persie made the goal look easy converting from a tight angle after Rooney's initial shot was saved by Boruc.
  • Moment of the match: Januzaj's ball to Rooney was sublime. The highlight of any game.
  • Man of the match: Lallana took control of the game from the first whistle and could have won it for his side in stoppage time. Was the England manager watching?

Saints are four points better off than United at this stage; they slip out of the top four to fifth place.

Mauricio Pochettino's side started the game with energy and a high intensity and could have taken the lead early in the first half.

Jay Rodriguez sent a warning to the home side when twice heading wide and Dani Osvaldo really should have done better when the ball dropped to him on the edge of the area after Victor Wanyama robbed Wayne Rooney of possession deep inside the United half.

It was the home side who took the lead though when Robin van Persie scored after 26 minutes - United's first goal from open play at home in the Premier League this season.

It was a slow start from the champions but Adnan Januzaj's sublime pass to Rooney provided the England forward with the chance to score. Artur Boruc smothered well but the danger was not cleared and Van Persie converted excellently from a tight angle.

The goal appeared to give the home side and the fans a lift.

Moments after Van Persie's opener, Nani found space on the right and his cut-back to Rooney cannoned off the crossbar.

Pochettino: Elated with draw

After the break, United went in search of that killer second but Van Persie could only flick Rooney's expertly-taken corner onto the bar.

Man-of-the-moment Januzaj then tested Boruc from distance but the Polish keeper stood firm and his solid arm diverted the ball to safety.

Southampton then regained control of the ball and the game.

Moyes: Thought United were wasteful

Osvaldo again failed to hit the target from the edge of the area and, when he eventually got the better of Phil Jones in the air, he could not direct his header at goal.

But, when it looked like United were going to hang on for all three points, Dejan Lovren caused mayhem in the United penalty area and his effort cannoned off Lallana and into the empty net.

The goal was a fitting reward for the travelling fans but for United, further questions will be asked of Moyes after more vital points are dropped at home.

The Red Devils host Real Sociedad in the Champions League on Wednesday before a home game against Stoke next Saturday, when Saints entertain Fulham in the late kick-off.

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1 Liverpool 34 77
2 Chelsea 34 75
3 Manchester City 33 71
4 Arsenal 34 67
5 Everton 34 66
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 60
7 Manchester United 33 57
8 Southampton 34 48
9 Newcastle United 34 46
10 Stoke City 34 43
11 Crystal Palace 34 40
12 West Ham United 34 37
13 Hull City 33 36
14 Aston Villa 33 34
15 Swansea City 34 33
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 34 32
18 Fulham 34 30
19 Cardiff City 34 29
20 Sunderland 33 26

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