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Man Utd Reclaim Fourth Spot After Comeback Victory

English Premier League

Result: Manchester United 3-2 Southampton

Date: 02 March 2019

Venue: Old Trafford

Manchester United reclaimed fourth spot in the Premier League after rallying from behind to defeat Southampton at Old Trafford.

Romelu Lukaku maintained his spot in the side after netting a brace against Crystal Palace, and he nearly handed United the lead inside five minutes with a good effort.

The Saints carved out an opening of their own after 12 minutes, but Vestergaard was unable to steer his header from target from close range.

The visitors eventually broke the deadlock on 26 minutes through Yan Valery, who found the back of the net with a powerful strike from distance.

United nearly restored their lead after 39 minutes, with Chris Smalling's glancing header sailing inches wide of the upright while Marcus Rashford was unable to steer home the rebound.

The hosts opted for a change after the break as Sanchez made way for Diogo Dalot, who made an instant impact as he picked out Andreas Pereira to fire home a superb equaliser on 53 minutes.

The turnaround was complete six minutes later as Pereira turned provider to pick out Lukaku, who was able slot into the far corner for his third goal in two games.

The Saints were level with 15 minutes remaining in the second half, with James Ward-Prowse sending a fine curling free-kick past David de Gea.

However, United secured the win with two minutes remaining as Lukaku completed his brace with a neat finish.

The Red Devils were awarded a penalty in second-half stoppage time as Rashford was brought down. Paul Pogba stepped up but saw his spot-kick saved by Angus Gunn as the encounter ended 3-2 to the hots.

 

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