Lukaku's last gasp goal downs Southampton, sending United back to top four
Lukaku's last gasp goal downs Southampton, sending United back to top four

Lukaku's last gasp goal downs Southampton, sending United back to top four

Just like the Manchester United of old Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men left it late as an 88th-minute strike by Romelu Lukaku proved to be the match winner with a spirited Southampton going down 3-2 in an English Premier League staged at Old Trafford.

Stats: Manchester United vs Southampton

Lukaku chances

Manchester United started the game on a strong footing looking to capitalize on the slip-ups of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal following their 1-1 stalemate. Lukaku had two glorious opportunities inside the opening five minutes but his effort and header were saved by Angus Gunn who had a perfect start to the game keeping United at bay.

Southampton had their first opportunity in the 12th minute when a deep cross was headed by towering center back Vestergaard but his nodded effort just veered narrowly wide off the mark. 

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Valery goal

Southampton were just getting warmed up as they took the lead courtesy of a thunderbolt by Valery who received the ball after Austin rolled a pass across to Valery and the full-back - previously without a goal in senior football - thumped it into the top corner of the net from more than 25 yards. The ferocious strike caught De Gea off guard but despite him having a touch at the ball it wasn't enough.

Smalling header

Solskjaer's men came close in the 39th minute when Smalling guided his header towards the far post as Rashford got onto it to keep it alike and prevent it from going out, the angle was against the striker, though, so he instead sent it back into the middle and the shot from McTominay, went off target.

Second half

Solskjaer had some strong words for his charges at half time which was evident as United came back firing from all cylinders. It took United just eight minutes to restore parity as Dalot controlled the ball and played it to Pereira, who decided against using the run of Shaw and instead curled the ball up and over Gunn in the Southampton goal from outside the box.

Lukaku goal

United went ahead for the first time in the game in the 58th minute when Pereira stayed on his feet after being challenged and touched the ball into the path of Lukaku, who worked it onto his right and, like his goal against Palace in midweek, curled it away from Gunn with a low finish.

Ward-Prowse goal

Southampton were not dispirited by going behind as they pulled level in the 75th minute when Young fouled Armstrong at the edge of the box and up stepped James Ward-Prowse who had sent Manchester United a warning with the phrase "we go to Manchester United which is a great place and we’ve caused a few upsets there in the past before," and true to his word they delivered as he mustered a sublime freekick that went over the wall and onto the back of the net.

Lukaku brace

Manchester United who have been accustomed to late goals produced another one in the 88th minute when Romelu Lukaku received a pass from Fred just at the edge of the 18-yard area as he shifted the ball to his right to tuck the ball onto the bottom right corner for his fourth goal in two games.

Pogba penalty miss

The late drama was just not over yet as Marcus Rashford earned a penalty for United with Pogba stepping up to take it but his choice to put it right in the middle was saved by Gunn's feet.




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