Ten-man Saints battle to United draw

St Mary's Stadium | Sat 31 Aug 12.30PM | Attendance: 30,499
Match Report Highlights

Saints vs MUN
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Saints vs MUN As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Vestergaard's towering header cancels out James's early stunner
  • Goal creator Danso sent off after the scores are levelled
  • Redmond, Djenepo and Obafemi sidelined by injury
  • Boufal starts; Cédric replaces Valery

Read our report from St Mary's 😇

It's another positive result for Saints, and you can read how it was done in our match report.

FULL TIME: Southampton 1-1 Manchester United

It's a hard-earned point for ten-man Saints, who dug deep to take something from the game after Kevin Danso's second-half dismissal on his home debut. Jannik Vestergaard headed the hosts level, having fallen behind to Daniel James's rocket of a shot early in the first half. Great effort, Saints! 👏

+5’

Yellow Card for Stuart Armstrong (Southampton)

The Scotsman picks up a booking for a late challenge.

+4’

More time in this one yet...

That injury stoppage will ensure we go beyond the four added minutes now. And breathe.

+3’

Yellow Card for Ashley Young (Manchester United)

It's a booking for the United skipper, who complains about Cédric staying down to receive treatment.

90’

4️⃣ added minutes...

Hang in there, Saints!

89’

Young goes close

Saints are really hanging on now. Young is inches away with a curling shot towards the top corner beyond the reach of Gunn.

88’

Gunn denies Greenwood

Lingard's fellow substitute Greenwood tries his luck, sending a curling shot towards the far corner, but Gunn gets across to make a vital save.

87’

Lingard shoots wide

Lingard picks up a similar position, shooting from the edge of the box, but this time it's just wide of the far post.

84’

Bednarek blocks Lingard's shot

The substitute shakes off England colleague Ward-Prowse and shoots, but Bednarek throws himself in the way to preserve parity.

81’

Manchester United substitution: Mason Greenwood replaces Scott McTominay

Final throw of the dice for United, who are on the front foot as we enter the last ten minutes at St Mary's.

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77’

Southampton substitution: Maya Yoshida replaces Danny Ings

Saints need a reshuffle, and on comes Yoshida to fill the void left by Danso. 

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75’

Gunn keeps James at bay

Already United are back in the ascendancy. James hits another powerful shot that Gunn parries to safety, before slicing an attempted volley as the ball is crossed back in.

73’

Red Card for Kevin Danso (Southampton)

That's Danso's second yellow card, for a rash lunge on McTominay, and Saints are down to ten. That could change the whole complexion of this game.

71’

Southampton substitution: Stuart Armstrong replaces Sofiane Boufal

That's the end of a productive day's work from Boufal, who gets a big pat on the back from his manager.

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67’

Manchester United substitution: Nemanja Matic replaces Juan Mata

The introduction of Matić is evidence that United's defence needs more protection.

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67’

Manchester United substitution: Jesse Lingard replaces Andreas Hugo Hoelgebaum Pereira

It's a double change for United.

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67’

Højbjerg tries his luck

There's no escape for United at the moment. Saints are in their faces at every opportunity. Romeu slides in to win the ball, which runs kindly for Højbjerg to have a go from distance. It sails wide, but is another sign of Saints' new-found confidence.

63’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Ché Adams

It's the first change of the game and it's like for like up front.

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63’

Saints pressing hard now!

The dancing feet of Boufal work a crossing position from which he delivers an inviting ball that requires some last-ditch defending from Young, who takes a clattering from Ings for his troubles. Can Saints take advantage of this swing in momentum?

GOALSCORER 4 Jannik Vestergaard

THE BIG MAN!!!

Saints are level! Saints force a corner, from which De Gea denies Ings with a fine save, but Danso keeps the ball alive and chips up a cross begging to be attacked by Vestergaard, who thunders a header into the net. It's all square at St Mary's!

57’

GOOOAL!!!

Jannik Vestergaard (57’) | 1 1

56’

Great chance for Adams! 😩

Saints' best move of the game. Ward-Prowse combines with Boufal, who cleverly dinks the ball through for Adams. The ball is bouncing away from goal but seems to sit up nicely for the striker, who snatches at the chance and can't hit the target. Much better from Saints! 💪

53’

Surging run from Danso

The left-back, a central defender by trade, embarks on a lung-busting run all the way into the United box, but across comes Lindelöf to halt him in his tracks.

49’

Vestergaard thwarts Rashford

Excellent defending by the big man, who races across to the touchline and slides the ball out of play just ahead of the attacker, who had plenty of space to run into had he got there first,

46’

We're up and running again!

The second half is under way - come on Saints!

HALF TIME: Southampton 0-1 Manchester United

It's the visitors who lead at the interval, courtesy of a stunning tenth-minute strike from Daniel James. Saints are right in this game, though, and showed signs of putting United under pressure early and late in the half.

+1’

2️⃣ added minutes...

It's been an encouraging end to the first half for Saints, who are on the front foot as we enter stoppage time. 

43’

Sloppy from Rashford

United have the chance to break with the explosive pace of James and Rashford, but the latter passes the ball straight out of play, much to the amusement of the majority inside St Mary's.

41’

Adams goes down...

It's not in a harmful area of the pitch, but Adams goes to ground as he takes on Maguire and the defender is convinced it's a dive. No card for the striker, but he looks a little sheepish as he gets to his feet.

37’

Boufal denied by a fine block

This is better from Saints. Ings finds space down the right and picks out Boufal on the far side of the box. He has time to take the ball down, step inside and let fly, but McTominay gets in the way of a well-struck shot.

35’

Wide from Ings

Optimistic, shall we say, from Saints' number nine. He cushions Højbjerg's airborne pass, swivels and hits the ball on the volley from 30 yards, but doesn't fully get hold of it and the ball runs harmlessly wide.

31’

De Gea called into action

Good build-up play from Saints, as Højbjerg feeds Ward-Prowse on the right. His first-time cross takes a slight deflection, and De Gea steps in to diffuse the danger.

28’

Rashford gets in behind Saints

The England striker does well to stay onside and races away, before driving in a low cross that's cleared behind for a corner. Rashford himself then heads wide, but the flag is up regardless.

24’

Højbjerg goes down

There's a collision between Højbjerg and Young on the touchline, leaving the Saints skipper in some discomfort. Young offers to help him back to his feet - rejected by the Dane. He's not happy.

22’

James tries again...

United really have their tails up now, roared on by their travelling fans. James is particularly confident and has another go from the edge of the box, this time parried to safety by Gunn.

19’

Wan-Bissaka goes close 

That could've been 2-0. McTominay delivers a cross to the far post, where Wan-Bissaka arrives late but connects sweetly on the stretch with a volley that flies narrowly over.

12’

James has another go...

Not such a clean strike this time, but still forces Gunn into a decent stop down to his left.

James fires United in front

That's a brilliant finish by the winger. Cutting inside from the left, the Welshman rifles an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

10’

GOAL

Daniel James (10’) | 0 1

10’

Vestergaard blocks Pereira's shot

This time it's United who win back possession, as Mata slides the ball to his right for Pereira, but Danso and Vestergaard converge on the midfielder and his shot is blocked by the Dane.

8’

Boufal goes close! 

First involvement for Boufal, who picks up possession 25 yards from goal and tries his luck with a skidding shot just past De Gea's right-hand post.

7’

Frantic stuff at St Mary's!

This is a great watch so far - both teams are playing quickly, and Saints' forwards are really putting United under pressure in attempting to win the ball back high up the pitch.

2’

We're under way!

The game is up and running and there's a lively atmosphere with Saints applying early pressure!

Loosening up!

The players are just completing their warm-ups here at St Mary's and we're ready for kick-off! Less than 15 minutes to go...

12.17
VOTE NOW
SAINTS POLL: Who will be our key man today, Saints fans?

SAINTS POLL: Who will be our key man today, Saints fans?

The results so far:

  • Angus Gunn
    4%
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
    24%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    6%
  • Sofiane Boufal
    31%
  • Danny Ings
    14%
  • Ché Adams
    20%

United team confirmed

Starting XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Young, McTominay, Pogba, Pereira, Mata, James, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Tuanzebe, Rojo, Matić, Lingard, Chong, Greenwood.

11.53

Saints team confirmed 😇

Starting XI: Gunn, Cédric, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Danso, Romeu, Højbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Ings, Adams.

Subs: McCarthy, Yoshida, Stephens, Valery, Armstrong, Long, N'Lundulu.

11.50

3️⃣0️⃣ minutes until team news! ⏳

The countdown to kick-off continues, and at 11.30am BST we'll have news of the line-ups from both teams. We know there will be changes for Saints, but how many? And who comes in?

11.03

The boys are here! 📸👋

Southampton's players have arrived ahead of kick-off, which is now less than two hours away! ⏳

10.45

Saints' finest hour? 💭

No surprises there, you voted our 1976 FA Cup final win as Saints' greatest moment against United! Relive a famous day for the club at Wembley with these old-school highlights...

10.43
VOTE NOW
SAINTS POLL: We've had some famous battles against Manchester United down the years. Which one stands out for you?

SAINTS POLL: We've had some famous battles against Manchester United down the years. Which one stands out for you?

The results so far:

  • 1976 FA Cup final ��
    48%
  • United changing kits at half time ��
    8%
  • 6-3 at The Dell ��
    36%
  • Tadić's Old Trafford winner ��
    0%
  • Austin's debut goal ��
    4%
  • 2017 Carabao Cup final ��
    4%
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09.50

we will not be shy. we must be brave and play our philosophy."

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
09.43

Hear from the boss!

We caught up with Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl at Staplewood to preview today's game. The boss talks team news, continuing the winning momentum and THAT Carabao Cup draw...

09.38

We're back! 😇

It's matchday at St Mary's, where Southampton are eyeing a third successive victory. Standing in the way of Ralph Hasenhüttl's men, in the final game before the first international break of the campaign, is a Manchester United team who arrive on the south coast on the back of a patchy start to the new season. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, regular match updates and live commentary!

09.37

Saints vs MUN Line Ups

Southampton

28
Angus Gunn (GK)
38
Kevin Danso
35
Jan Bednarek
2
Cédric Soares
4
Jannik Vestergaard
16
James Ward-Prowse
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
19
Sofiane Boufal
Stuart Armstrong (71′)
14
Oriol Romeu
10
Che Adams
Shane Long (62′)
9
Danny Ings
Maya Yoshida (77′)
7
Shane Long
17
Stuart Armstrong
43
Yan Valery
1
Alex McCarthy
40
Daniel N'Lundulu
5
Jack Stephens
3
Maya Yoshida

Manchester United

1
David de Gea (GK)
5
Harry Maguire
18
Ashley Young (C)
2
Victor Lindelöf
29
Aaron Wan-Bissaka
39
Scott McTominay
Mason Greenwood (82′)
6
Paul Pogba
15
Andreas Pereira
Jesse Lingard (68′)
8
Juan Mata
Nemanja Matic (68′)
21
Daniel James
10
Marcus Rashford
31
Nemanja Matic
26
Mason Greenwood
14
Jesse Lingard
38
Axel Tuanzebe
16
Marcos Rojo
44
Tahith Chong
22
Sergio Romero

Saints vs MUN Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Manchester United
  • Possession (%)
    41
    59
  • Shots
    10
    21
  • Shots on target
    2
    8
  • Corners
    2
    3
  • Passes Complete
    276
    427

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik Vestergaard
Shots On Target
1
Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik Vestergaard
Chances Created
1
Kevin Danso
Kevin Danso
Passes Completed
44
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
7
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Clearances
8
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Saves
7
Angus Gunn
Angus Gunn