GOAL! Southampton 2-2 Manchester United (Herrera 39)
Well this has turned around quickly! Rashford turns past Vestergaard and zips down the inside-right channel. Herrera, who Lee Sharpes is back in the bottom right corner!
38 min: Hojbjerg balloons the free kick over the bar. Maybe he should have left it for Cedric.
37 min: Hojbjerg tries to burst out of a thicket of players on the right and into the United box. Herrera cynically tugs him back, and this is another dangerous free kick, this time to the right of the D.
35 min: That was some finish by Lukaku. It almost took the net off. And then a yellow card for Fellaini, who wafted to arm into the face of Lemina. Followed by a yellow for Hojbjerg, who hung out a leg to obstruct Pogba. In the words of Danny Boon: It's all happening!
GOAL! Southampton 2-1 Manchester United (Lukaku 33)
This is more like it from United! Pogba slips a ball down the middle for Rashford, who bounces off Yoshida; It's a poor challenge by the Saints defender. Rashford runs at the Saints box, then rolls into the path of Lukaku, who comes first time, and at full pace. Mourinho's men!
32 min: Rashford turns on the jets to latch onto a long ball down the left from Shaw. He's got the beating of Yoshida, but when he reaches the byline, his pullback does not find Lukaku. Both players hold their heads in their hands.
30 min: Cedric earns a corner down the left. Armstrong's delivery is decent, but flicked clear by Pogba. But the ball's soon worked all the way back to Armstrong, who is almost one-twos his way down the inside-left channel. He can not quite take the return ball with him. United's defense is a study in uncertainty.
28 min: Rashford launches a shot from 25 yards into the night air. On the touchline, there's a sad, worried look in Mourinho's eyes. I preferred the smiley, twinkly version earlier.
27 min: Redmond is snapping around United's ankles. He gets the right way, but his cutback is blocked by Matic. Then he strikes the ball from McTomay, who takes his sweet time to clear his lines. Saints look full of confidence. United do not.
25 min: … the ball worked from left to right. Young whips a cross to the far post, where McTominay heads tamely over.
24 min: … Rashford whips in, earning a corner off Stephens. From which …
23 min: Nope. Armstrong heads it clear calmly. United try to come back at Saints, through Shaw out on the left. Valery crunches into a fine tackle. But then the young Pogba blocks, so it'll be another free kick for United, this time out on the left. The box is once again loaded. And …
22 min: Now a free kick for United, out on the right. United load the saints box. Can Young deliver?
GOAL! Southampton 2-0 Manchester United (Cedric 20)
Cedric takes a step, then flicks a shot up, over the wall, and into the top left corner! That free kick was so sweetly hit, snugly in the corner, whipped crisply over the United wall! Again poor de Gea had no chance! In the stand, Sir Alex Ferguson allows himself a smile.
19 min: Lemina has a whack from 25 yards. It's blocked. Lemina picks up the rebound and drives down the inside-left channel. He's brought down by Rashford, who is harshly booked for the foul.
17 min: Some space for Shaw out on the. This is a free kick in a very dangerous position left. Valery is plucked from the sky by McCarthy.
15 min: That's three goals in two Premier League games for Armstrong. And now the former Celtic man swans past Fellaini in the midfield, forcing the big Manchester United midfielder to drag him to the ground. The ref wags his finger a bit. United look a little shell-shocked right now.
GOAL! Southampton 1-0 Manchester United (Armstrong 13)
Redmond dribbles inside the right. He's allowed to skip past several United players, none of them making anything remotely looking like a challenge. He lays off to Obafemi, who shows great vision for such a young player, Armstrong in space; the in-form Scotland midfielder smashes across the Gea and into the bottom left! The keeper had no chance.
11 min: United stroke the ball around the back quite a lot. Saints can not get a sniff. The visitors have enjoyed 58% of the possession so far. Pogba then tries to jump Shaw down the left with a raking long ball, but the flag goes up for it again, this time correctly.
9 min: Lukaku down the inside-left channel. The flag goes upside down, not a great decision. Meanwhile, United's traveling support break into this year's first rendition of their festive Cantona song.
7 min: So the last thing Young should be doing is handing the hosts cheap possession. For a second, it looks like Obafemi wants to break the inside right channel, but the ball breaks to Redmond to his left, the ball's soon rolling gently into the arms of de Gea.
5 min: Saints look nervous as they struggling at the bottom of the division. They ping a couple of passes around, but it's nosebleed stuff the minute they cross the halfway line, and possession is quickly surrendered. Did not Mourinho say that he had Eric Cantona instead of a knacked Eric Bailly? "Winner's Peter Oh.
3 min: Nearly A total fiasco at the back for Saints, McCarthy fresh-air kicks a clearance. Rashford picks up the loose ball, backheeling to Lukaku, who hesitates in front of an open goal. Were Southampton watching the farce at Sheffield United this lunchtime?
And we're off! Saints get the ball rolling helped. The ball launches long, but Fellaini deals with it easily enough. A fine atmosphere at St Mary's.
The teams are out! Southampton are in their lovely red-and-white stripes while Manchester United wear their dark blue change strip. Liam O'Brien got himself sent off at the Dell in 1987 after a mere 85 seconds. But still lovely. Everyone wants to be sporting their rainbow laces, though, in support of LGBT fans.
Some pre-match reading. United States fans may want to look away, because there are now 17 points between their heroes and those …
… while Saints fans will not have been
Both managers seemed on good form in those pre-match interviews. Hughes appeared extremely relaxed, no mean feat given the rumors surrounding his employment status. Nemanja joke; it really tickled him. It's nice to see him smile again.
And now Jose does his thing. "I have only one center helped. I would like a Nemanja Vidic but I only have a Nemanja Matic, and he's a midfield player! Smalling has a pain in his foot, so he is not available. Eric has a pain in his back. Rojo trained for the first time with the group and is not ready to start. Lindelof has an injury. Southampton is a club of great stability in terms of quality, they are a good league team with lots of good players. So I do not look to the table, I look to them. A difficult match for us. "
Mark Hughes speaks! "We've had our struggles here, we've done OK in a lot of Games have not been able to take that final step. So it's a big test today but if you're going to break that cycle, why not do it against Manchester United? Charlie Austin has had a decent run, and plenty of games. I've just gone with Nathan Redmond and Michael Obafemi, I like what I saw in midweek, he gives us a threat in behind. We need an out ball and we'll have it with those two. Stuart Armstrong has been playing well of late, he's had good performances for his international team, he's coming in a bit of form. I'm sure Jose wants to have a great plan. "
Southampton hand a Premier League debut to 19-year-old French full-back Yan Valery. There's a first Premier League start for striker Michael Obafemi.
Manchester United make five changes to the side that stutters against Young Boys on Tuesday . Chris Smalling, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Luis Valencia and Fred making way for Scott McTominay, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young.
Southampton: McCarthy, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Stephens, Valery, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Armstrong, Cedric, Redmond, Obafemi.
Subs: Hoedt, Davis, Austin, Romeu, Ward Prowse, Gabbiadini, Gunn.
Manchester United: de Gea, Young, McTomay, Mata, Martial, Lingard, Rojo, Fred, Dalot, Romero.
Southampton vs Manchester United: a replay of the 2017 League Cup final. And the 1976 FA Cup final. And the 1963 FA Cup semi-final. A couple of the most famous games in Premier League history, at Egil Ostenstad-inspired 6-3 rout and that gray Viewcam shirt fiasco. Dig in! Enjoy!
Yes, Southampton had quite the home record against United back in the day. Now, not so much. They have not beaten United at St Mary's since 2003, when James Beattie snaffled the only goal late on. Since then, United have traipsed all the way down to the south coast, and won eight times. To be fair, Saints have recently started giving a lot of trouble at Old Trafford. That provides a little balance in the overall story, though it's of precious use to them today.
Recent form is not their friend either. Saints are on a runaway: it's three months to the day since they've registered their sole Premier League win this season. It looks like a good old-fashioned relegation scrap is on the cards. United are not exactly pulling up trees themselves, of course, floundering in seventh place. (Hey, it's all relative.)
But both teams will take a little succor from their performances in midweek: Saints were unlucky to be knocked out of the League Cup after putting on an improved performance at Leicester City, while United made it through the last 16 of the Champions League almost without themselves. Reasons to be cheerful? Maybe not completely. Reasons to be cautiously optimistic? Oh yes!
So maybe two teams, both on top of their game, may rediscover their mojo this evening, and put on another show that'll make the great Saints-United canon. Let's hope so. It's Saturday night!
. It's live! And it's on!
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Kick off: 5.30pm.