[11th-Jan-15] Live Card: Manchester United - Southampton

A top 4 clash sees the Red Devils of Manchester United try to hold off a pressing Southampton side who could leap-frog them with a win. 1 - Underway and Clyne has an early chance but the shot goes wide of the far post. 4' - Southampton look the hungrier side so far. We're in for a cracker. 7' - Manchester United on the attack as Di Maria whips in a wonderful cross but no one's on the end of it. 12' - Lot of back and forth here but the defending is squashing every chance the edge of the two boxes. 18' - Fair play from Valencia. Gardos comes on for Alderweireld who pulled up with an injury. bit of confusion and a scrap to restart play but it's sorted and off we go again. 25' - Game has a real chance of boiling over here. Really rough tackles flying in. 27' - Southampton win a corner here thanks to Wanyama. A ball comes to the back post but it can't be put on goal. 32' - Manchester United are forward here and Di Maria tries to settle it down before it's cut back but right into the feet of the Southampton defense. 33' - Manchester United win a corner after a nutmeg from Valencia. Di Maria takes it before it's cleared out to touch for a throw. 35 - Bertrand goes into the book for a sloppy challenge on Valencia. Just bowled him over really. 37' - Really poor game. Both teams have yet to register a shot on goal, and only have 4 in the game combined. Really boring state of affairs here. 38' - van Persie looks to have handled but it puts Di Maria in but his cross back to van Persie is right at the keeper. 41' - van Persie puts a shot on that's just blocked before a scramble is swallowed up by the Saints keeper. Best chance of the match for either side so far. 45' - Di Maria has a god from distance but it's wide of the near post. Literally nothing in this game, I'm struggling to watch this. 1 minute of stoppage to be played. 45' + 1' - Surprised Rooney wasn't called ofr a foul for charging over his man but the play is offsides and we're at the half. Half-Time Manchester United 0-0 Southampton This is incredibly boring. Both defenses are cancelling each other out and it's just making it 90 minutes of the ball changing hands in midfield. 46' - Back underway. Would love to see Southampton win this but it needs something this has been dull. 49' - Another corner for Southampton. They've come out the better side this half so far. It's headed well wide from Pelle. Goal kick. 52' - Maybe some life to this game as Southampton press deep into the box but the shot is blocked. Manchester United come back on a counter but it's defended away. 53' - Manchester United with a free kick 35 yards out and it's put in but Jones's header goes over. No quality in any finishing here from either side. 61' - Ander Herrera is on for van Persie here. Nothing much else has happened to be honest. 65' - van Persie was booked as well back in the 56th. Still nothing doing. 66' - Tadic is on for Elia for Southampton. 70' - GOAL! BIG GOAL! Pelle is slotted in on the right post and he strikes it but it comes back for Tadic who has slotted it home for Southampton. Manchester United 0-1 Southampton 71' - Tadic took his shirt off during the goal celebration so he's been booked for it. 73' - Fellaini is on for Di Maria. Poor decision in my opinion but he we go! Wild finish in store. 75' - Pelle's booked for a challenge on Mata but honestly I didn't think there was anything in that. Unlucky. 76' - Carrick is booked for a challenge and Southampton looking for a second to kill the game. 78' - Big cross runs across the face of the Saints goal but no one can get on the end of it. 80' - WOAH. Blind's cross comes in for a Mata who has broken behind the defense but he skies it. Massive chance. 83' - Let me give you all a stat to show how poor this game has been: Southampton's goal is the only shot on target by either side in the 83 minutes that have been played. 87' - HA! Fellaini actually being called for a foul while contesting the ball. I must go play the lottery now. 90' + 1' - 5 minutes of stoppage to be played. 90' + 4' - Southampton close to taking the 3 points here. Full-Time Manchester United 0-1 Southampton The Saints are third. Very dull match but well done to Southampton. Really amazing year we're in for this year. Premier League football is so unpredictable, even when it's not at its best.

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