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Barclays Premier League

Monday, 8 December 2014,

Southampton
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Man United
  • Kickoff: 21:00 BST
  • Stadium: The Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: The Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium
  • Attendance: 31,420
  • 31' Graziano Pelle
  • 12' Robin van Persie
  • 71' Robin van Persie

Southampton

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Dutch rivals quiet on relationship

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will cross swords with fellow Dutchman and his former assistant Ronald Koeman on Monday - but both managers have declared their personal relationship to be "private".

Koeman, now Southampton manager, worked under Van Gaal at Barcelona but the pair fell out when they were at Ajax in 2004, when Koeman was coach and Van Gaal the technical director.

They shake hands on meeting now, according to Koeman, but Van Gaal referred to his former protege as "weak" in his autobiography and the closeness they once had never returned.

Van Gaal described Koeman as "a very good coach" but refused to talk about their relationship since the falling-out.

The United manager told a news conference at the club's Carrington training centre: "I don't have to describe my relationship with the trainer of the opponent... that's more private.

"We play against Southampton and we have to speak about Southampton not speak about the coach."

Koeman took a similar line, saying: "The game is Southampton v Manchester Untied and the game needs that attention and not the attention about both managers because that's private.

"That was a working problem and I have to explain like that.

"It's not an issue because it is eight or nine years ago and now I prefer to talk about the game."

Asked about the relationship now, Koeman added: "Good. If we see each other we shake hands and that's enough.

"He's a great coach. He needs time, he will get the time of the club.

"It was difficult at the start of the season for them but I think they are on the way back and that showed the performances of the team and they won the last four games.

"It's a nice challenge for us on Monday."

United can go third if they beat Southampton, who are a point ahead of them in the table, and then face Liverpool but Van Gaal disputed suggestions the match against their Merseyside rivals was more important.

He also believes the Saints can still be in the Champions League places at the end of the season.

Van Gaal said: "Southampton play better at this time and have more points at this moment than Liverpool so I think it's good that we have to play Southampton now.

"I think they have a good squad, a lot of players that I know and who were offered to us. I think they are able to come in the top four but that's also because I believe in the management in Ronald Koeman and his brother [Erwin]."

Van Gaal also responded angrily to reports that he will be handed B£100million or more to bring in new players.

He added: "I think it's disgusting always writing about numbers. I don't think that [United executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward said anything about that, I don't think I have said anything about that.

"It is disrespectful to my players and I don't like to talk about it. I have to work with the selection I have and I have respect for my selection and I believe in my players."

Wayne Rooney will be fit to face Southampton, Van Gaal confirmed. The United skipper had a scan on Thursday to examine a possible knee problem but has been given the all-clear.

However record signing Angel di Maria will not be ready to return from his injury in time for the trip to the south coast.

Jack Cork is Saints' latest casualty with an ankle injury.

91'+4

End Regular Time

91'+3

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 94'

91'+3

Jose Fonte

91'+2

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

91'+1

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 92'

91'+1

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 92'

91'+1

Wayne Rooney

91'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 91'

91'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 91'

90'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Free Kick at 90'

89'

Sadio Mane

89'

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 89'

89'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 89'

89'

Substitution, Manchester United. Darren Fletcher replaces Juan Mata.

88'

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 88'

87'

Offside, Southampton. Maya Yoshida tries a through ball, but Graziano Pellè is caught offside.

87'

Maya Yoshida (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 87'

86'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Corner Kick at 86'

86'

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Antonio Valencia.

86'

Attempt blocked. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Graziano Pellè.

86'

Graziano Pelle (Southampton) Assists Shot at 86'

86'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 86'

85'

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Davis following a corner.

85'

Steven Davis (Southampton) Assists Shot at 85'

85'

Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton) Corner Kick at 85'

85'

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jonny Evans.

83'

Steven Davis (Southampton) Free Kick at 83'

83'

Handball

83'

Hand ball by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

81'

Jose Fonte (Southampton) Free Kick at 81'

81'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 80'

80'

Maya Yoshida (Southampton) Free Kick at 80'

80'

Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80'

Jonathan Evans (Manchester United) Free Kick at 80'

79'

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 79'

79'

Substitution, Southampton. Emmanuel Mayuka replaces Shane Long.

77'

Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

77'

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by David de Gea.

77'

Attempt saved. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

77'

Sadio Mane (Southampton) Assists Shot at 77'

76'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 76'

75'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 75'

75'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 75'

72'

Sadio Mane (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 72'

71'

1 - 2

Goal! Southampton 1, Manchester United 2. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a cross following a set piece situation.

71'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 71'

71'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Free Kick at 71'

70'

Substitution, Southampton. Jake Hesketh replaces Dusan Tadic.

70'

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

69'

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) Free Kick at 69'

69'

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 68'

67'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 67'

66'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 66'

66'

Steven Davis (Southampton) Free Kick at 66'

65'

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 65'

64'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 64'

62'

Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

62'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Assists Shot at 62'

61'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

61'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 61'

59'

Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

59'

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) Assists Shot at 59'

59'

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 59'

57'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 57'

56'

Attempt blocked. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross.

56'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Assists Shot at 56'

55'

Jose Fonte (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 55'

53'

Jonathan Evans (Manchester United) Free Kick at 53'

53'

Jonny Evans (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 52'

52'

Attempt saved. Shane Long (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross.

52'

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) Assists Shot at 52'

51'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Free Kick at 51'

51'

Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50'

Steven Davis (Southampton) Throw In at 50'

49'

Jose Fonte (Southampton) Free Kick at 49'

49'

Offside, Manchester United. Marouane Fellaini tries a through ball, but Wayne Rooney is caught offside.

49'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 49'

48'

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) Throw In at 48'

48'

Jonathan Evans (Manchester United) Free Kick at 48'

47'

Jonny Evans (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46'

Steven Davis (Southampton) Free Kick at 46'

46'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 46'

46'

Second Half begins Southampton 1, Manchester United 1.

46'+2

Halftime

46'+1

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ander Herrera.

46'+1

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 47'

46'

Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

46'

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) Assists Shot at 46'

46'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 46'

45'

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ashley Young.

44'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 44'

42'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 42'

39'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 39'

39'

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 39'

39'

Substitution, Manchester United. Ander Herrera replaces Patrick McNair.

38'

Offside, Southampton. Ryan Bertrand tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.

37'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 37'

36'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 36'

36'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 36'

35'

Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

34'

Juan Mata (Manchester United) Free Kick at 34'

33'

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31'

1 - 1

Goal! Southampton 1, Manchester United 1. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

31'

Attempt blocked. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Long with a cross.

31'

Shane Long (Southampton) Assists Shot at 31'

31'

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 31'

31'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 31'

30'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 30'

30'

Jonathan Evans (Manchester United) Free Kick at 30'

30'

Hand ball by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

30'

Handball

29'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 29'

29'

Shane Long (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 29'

28'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 28'

27'

Attempt saved. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

27'

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) Assists Shot at 27'

25'

Jose Fonte (Southampton) Free Kick at 25'

25'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 25'

24'

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 24'

24'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 24'

23'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 23'

22'

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 22'

22'

Offside, Southampton. Ryan Bertrand tries a through ball, but Dusan Tadic is caught offside.

21'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 21'

20'

Steven Davis (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 19'

18'

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) Throw In at 18'

18'

Substitution, Manchester United. Jonny Evans replaces Chris Smalling because of an injury.

17'

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) Throw In at 17'

17'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 17'

15'

Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Davis with a cross following a corner.

15'

Steven Davis (Southampton) Assists Shot at 15'

14'

Sadio Mane (Southampton) Corner Kick at 14'

14'

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Michael Carrick.

14'

Steven Davis (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 14'

14'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 14'

12'

0 - 1

Goal! Southampton 0, Manchester United 1. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

12'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 12'

11'

Shane Long (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 11'

11'

Patrick McNair (Manchester United) Free Kick at 11'

11'

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 8'

8'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 8'

7'

Patrick McNair (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 7'

7'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 7'

7'

Patrick McNair (Manchester United) Free Kick at 7'

6'

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 6'

4'

Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

4'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Assists Shot at 4'

4'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) Throw In at 4'

3'

Patrick McNair (Manchester United) Free Kick at 3'

3'

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3'

Shane Long (Southampton) Blocked Pass at 3'

2'

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) Free Kick at 2'

2'

Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1'

Patrick McNair (Manchester United) Free Kick at 1'

1'

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).

1'

First Half begins.

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Possession

52%
48%
  • Southampton
  • Manchester United

Shots

15
3

Shots on target

4
2

Fouls

12
9

Corners

5
1

Yellow Cards

2
1

Red Cards

0
0

Head to Head

Southampton1 - 2Man United
Southampton1 - 1Man United
Man United1 - 1Southampton
Man United2 - 1Southampton
Southampton2 - 3Man United
Southampton1 - 2Man United

Southampton

  • 23Fraser Forster
  • 21Ryan Bertrand
  • 2Nathaniel Clyne
  • 6Jose Fonte
  • 3Maya Yoshida
  • 11Dusan Tadic
  • -> Jake Hesketh
  • 8Steven Davis
  • 7Shane Long
  • -> Emmanuel Mayuka
  • 12Victor Wanyama
  • 10Sadio Mane
  • 19Graziano Pelle
  • Subs
  • 27Lloyd Isgrove
  • 33Matt Targett
  • 28Harrison Reed
  • 5Florin Gardos
  • 1Kelvin Davis

Man United

  • 1David De Gea
  • 12Chris Smalling
  • -> Jonathan Evans
  • 5Marcos Rojo
  • 33Patrick McNair
  • -> Ander Herrera
  • 25Antonio Valencia
  • 8Juan Mata
  • -> Darren Fletcher
  • 16Michael Carrick
  • 31Marouane Fellaini
  • 18Ashley Young
  • 20Robin van Persie
  • 10Wayne Rooney
  • Subs
  • 9Radamel Falcao
  • 13Anders Lindegaard
  • 49James Wilson
  • 11Adnan Januzaj

Robin van Persie fires Manchester United to victory at Southampton

Manchester United moved into third place in the Premier League table as a Robin van Persie brace saw them past Southampton.

Van Persie ghosted onto Jose Fonte's loose backpass before flicking home Wayne Rooney's rangy free kick to seal United's fifth-straight victory.

Graziano Pelle had levelled for Saints with his first goal in six games, but in the all-Dutch managers' tale of master meets apprentice, Netherlands striker Van Persie stole the show.

Louis van Gaal employed Ronald Koeman to coach in his Barcelona set-up but fell out with the former Netherlands full-back at Ajax in 2004.

Koeman's arrival as first-team coach ruffled Van Gaal as he shifted to technical director at the famous Amsterdam club.

The rift was set in 2009 when Van Gaal claimed Koeman was "third choice" to replace him at AZ Alkmaar -- his parting shot before heading off to Bayern Munich.

Both men played down their mutual dislike in the build-up to Monday's clash, but the frostiness was clear -- no handshake before or after proceedings, no love lost.

Koeman bested his former mentor in the tactical stakes, but Fonte's error and a touch of forward-line class edged United home.

Saints cut United apart at will in the match's middle third, Koeman employing Steven Davis to fine effect in front of the back four.

Davis completely overshadowed the ineffective Marouane Fellaini, helping Saints shrug off the injury absences of Morgan Schneiderlin, Toby Alderweireld and Jack Cork.

But ominous starts do not come more concerning than gifting a striker of Van Persie's calibre the opening goal.

Saints skipper Fonte's woefully under-hit backpass cleared the way for the Dutchman, and the 31-year-old calmly slid the ball home, between Fraser Forster's legs.

Just as Saints gave too much respect to champions Manchester City in 3-0 defeat on the south coast two weeks ago, so Koeman's men stood also off United.

Slowly but surely, however, the hosts realised they boasted by far the greater tactical balance, and finally started to express their true pedigree.

Sadio Mane robbed Paddy McNair and shimmied into the box, only to lose control. Pelle flicked round to Tadic on the spin as Saints pressed again, but the chief creator overhit the through-ball.

Chris Smalling limped off with a leg problem, replaced by Jonny Evans, with United feeling the pinch.

Italy hitman Pelle teed himself up in the area, but was left to bemoan a deflection that handed De Gea a routine save.

Saints' pressure told though, when target man Pelle delivered after another sustained attack.

Fellaini conceded possession all too cheaply to Davis, who raced through the middle and fed Shane Long. The former Hull forward's cross led Tadic to strike on goal, a deflection ushered Pelle through and he fired the equaliser.

Long blasted high and wide in a glorious opening after Mane beat Evans to Tadic's cross with an acrobatic leap.

Van Gaal then hauled McNair off in favour of Ander Herrera, forced into a tactical reshuffle as early as the 39th minute.

The shift did little to ease the muddle in United's midfield, with Fellaini all too often a long-range bystander.

Saints burst out of the blocks the brighter for the second half, Long wasting another fine chance when directing a point-blank header straight at De Gea from Tadic's cross.

Tadic turned provider again by sliding a perfectly weighted pass through to Pelle, only for the Italian to fire over the bar.

Ashley Young produced a timely clearance from Mane's low curling cross, and United started to settle.

And when Rooney whipped in a dangerous far-post free kick, Van Persie stole round the back and flicked a left-footed volley past Forster.

Saints continued to pick United's system apart, with Mane feeding Pelle, whose blast forced a solid save from De Gea.

But despite the rallies Saints could not force another real opening, and United employed all their nous to sneak to victory.




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