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Manchester United 1 Saints 1
Updated 5:54pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Football
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- Saints equalise late on to earn a wonderful point at Old Trafford
- Robin van Persie had given United a first-half lead
- Rickie Lambert dropped to the bench by Mauricio Pochettino
- Saints hold onto fourth place for now
A wonderful point for Saints here at Old Trafford, and you would have to say it was not without merit, given their second-half display. Saints remain fourth for now. We will have reaction for you on the website soon.
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Phil Jones booked for a foul on Adam Lallana.
MANCHESTER UNITED 1 SAINTS 1 (Adam Lallana 90)
A dramatic equaliser for Saints! James Ward-Prowse swings in a corner, which Phil Jones and Dejan Lovren battle for. The ball spins off them and beats David De Gea, but it looks like Lallana got a slight touch to divert it in from about a yard out.
MAN UNITED SUB (87 mins): Wayne Rooney off, Chris Smalling on.
Jose Fonte cautioned for bringing down Robin van Persie (86 mins).
CHANCE (86 mins): Nathaniel Clyne gets slipped in by Adam Lallana down the right, but David De Gea beats away his fierce strike.
SAINTS SUB (83 mins): Victor Wanyama off, Guly do Prado on.
MAN UNITED SUB (76 mins): Marouane Fellaini off, Danny Welbeck on.
CHANCE (76 mins): Morgan Schneiderlin goes on a brilliant run that starts on the halfway line and takes him past a couple of United players, but, as space opens up for him 25 yards out, he drags his right-foot shot well wide.
CHANCE (73 mins): Adam Lallana hits a low left-foot shot from 25 yards that David De Gea dives to his left to collect.
MAN UNITED SUB (68 mins): Nani off, Ryan Giggs on.
SAINTS SUB (67 mins): Steven Davis off, James Ward-Prowse on.
CHANCE (64 mins): Adnan Januzaj fires in a vicious swerving shot from 25 yards, but Artur Boruc dives to his right to make a spectacular one-handed save.
CHANCE (63 mins): Wayne Rooney's corner is met at the near post by Robin van Persie, but his flicked header towards the far corner hits the bar. The ball is then knocked back into the danger zone, with Artur Boruc having to scramble Nani's header away off the line.
Victor Wanyama receives a yellow card for fouling Adnan Januzaj (57 mins).
SAINTS SUB (56 mins): Jay Rodriguez off, Rickie Lambert on.
Adnan Januzaj booked for a mistimed tackle on Nathaniel Clyne (56 mins).
Some pictures of the action from the first half.
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Morgan Schneiderlin cautioned for bringing down Adnan Januzaj (38 mins).
CHANCE (34 mins): Dejan Lovren fires in a right-foot shot from 30 yards, but it is straight at David De Gea, who comfortably collects the effort.
CHANCE (29 mins): Very nearly 2-0 to United. Nani plays a ball into Wayne Rooney around the penalty area. He controls it and fires in a right-foot shot that thumps against the crossbar.
MANCHESTER UNITED 1 SAINTS 0 (Robin van Persie 26)
Adnan Januzaj plays a magnificent through ball from the halfway line, which puts Wayne Rooney clear through. Artur Boruc saves, but Robin van Persie latches onto the rebound, goes past Boruc, and rolls a low shot into the far corner, past the sliding Dejan Lovren.
CHANCE (24 mins): Wayne Rooney, pressed by Victor Wanyama, gives the ball away to Adam Lallana 25 yards out. He quickly slides a pass through to Dani Osvaldo just inside the area. The Saints striker has just David De Gea to beat, but hits a weak right-foot effort that the United keeper easily saves.
CHANCE (12 mins): Nani turns Morgan Schniederlin on the right-hand side of the penalty area, looks up and picks out Robin van Persie with a low pass. The Dutchman strikes a first-time shot with his right foot, but it is straight at Artur Boruc.
CHANCE (11 mins): Patrice Evra delivers a low ball from the left that picks out Robin van Persie eight yards out, but his left-foot shot is blocked by Dejan Lovren.
CHANCE (10 mins): Michael Carrick chips a ball into the area, which picks out Robin van Persie's run down the inside right channel. He produces an impressive volley with the outsie of his left foot that drifts just wide of the far corner.
CHANCE (8 mins): Steven Davis turns past Marouane Fellaini out on the right touchline. He then looks up and curls a ball towards the back post, picking out Jay Rodriguez. The striker, who scored an early goal here last season, rises to meet the ball, but his header goes over the bar.
Referee Mike Jones gets the game underway...
Both sides have emerged from the tunnel. Just the handshakes and the final warm-ups to go through and then we will be underway. Saints playing in their black away strip this afternoon. Stay with us for updates throughout the match.
The teams have completed their final warm-ups and have gone back into the dressing room. The sun is shining at Old Trafford, and Kick-off here is now just over ten minutes away.
Steven Davis starts for Saints today. The midfielder has been in the line-up for the last two matches, both of which have resulted in 2-0 victories. Davis says this will be the club's "biggest test" but also one that they should look forward to.
#COYR— @Luke_shaw3 19 October 2013
Colin Clarke was the hero for Saints in their last win at Old Trafford, a 2-0 success back in January 1988. But that was so long ago now that even he is struggling to remember the goals. Clarke is hoping that today will be the day he finally loses the distinction of being the last Saint to score a winner in a league match away to United.
Two changes for Saints from the side that beat Swansea 2-0 a fortnight ago. Luke Shaw returns to fitness and regains his left-back spot from Danny Fox. Rickie Lambert is the biggest surprise, though. He's dropped in favour of Jay Rodriguez. United start with the fearsome duo of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in attack, while Adnan Januzaj, the hero of their 2-1 win at Sunderland last time out, retains his place.
MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Evans, Evra; Nani, Carrick, Fellaini, Januzaj; Rooney, Van Persie.
Subs: Lindegaard, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Welbeck, Kagawa, Zaha.
SAINTS: Boruc; Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw; Wanyama, Schneiderlin; S Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez; Osvaldo.
Subs: K Davis, Hooiveld, Chambers, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Do Prado, Lambert.
Referee: Mike Jones.
Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino spoke to the media on Thursday. You can watch some of the highlights of his press conference here...
Artur Boruc was the big fitness doubt for Saints this week, after missing last Tuesday's England v Poland World Cup qualifier, at Wembley. The Polish camp said the keeper had been sidelined by a hamstring problem, but Mauricio Pochettino has been adamant that the player is not an injury concern ahead of today's match. We will find out the line-ups for both teams in just over ten minutes.
Ready #saintsfc ? Me and the lads YES . Let's play today a big game!— @DejanLovren05 19 October 2013
Saints are hoping to end a rotten run of results at Old Trafford. Since winning 2-0 here in January 1988, the club have visited 18 times in the league, drawing just twice. But Saints legend Matt Le Tissier believes today represents their best chance in years of picking up a positive result at the home of Manchester United.
Hello and welcome to this Daily Echo blog from Old Trafford, where Saints are taking on Manchester United this afternoon. Mauricio Pochettino's men begin the day in fourth position, which is five places and four points ahead of United. If they can maintain, or even increase that lead, it would represent a huge result for them. The club could even go top of the Premier League with a win, although they would need plenty of help elsewhere for that to happen. However, this has not been a happy hunting ground for Saints - in fact, it is 25 years since the club last won a league game here. Stay with us for build-up, team news and match updates throughout the afternoon.
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