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Saints Pile Pressure On United

Manchester United's difficult start to the season continued as they were held to 1-1 draw by a plucky Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

United came into the game with the boost that promising youngster Adnan Januzaj had penned a five-year deal with the Red Devils, and he was given another start after impressing at Sunderland.

The Saints have enjoyed a good start to the season though and showed their intentions from the first whistle with Steven Davis whipping in a good cross in the seventh minute but it just missed Jay Rodriguez.

Robin van Persie responded with a shot on the turn off of a cross from Nani but Artur Boruc was equal to the task.

Pablo Osvaldo should have put the visitors ahead in the 25th minute when he was slipped through but he could only produce a weak strike straight at David De Gea.

The miss would be punished moments later as Wayne Rooney was given the benefit of the doubt in a tight offside call off of a Januzaj pass and although his shot was saved, Van Persie charged onto the rebound before sliding the ball into the empty net.

Rooney almost made it 2-0 a minute later but his strike thumped off the crossbar and that proved to be the only real moment of danger for the rest of the half.

Southampton remained in the game after the break as United struggled to put on long spells of pressure but the hosts would eventually see a Van Persie header loop against the crossbar before Nani's header was saved. Januzaj sent a swerving shot at goal from the edge of the area seconds later but Boruc made a flying one-handed save and Marouane Fellaini fluffed the rebound.

Adam Lallana had been brilliant for the Saints and created a number of good chances but in most cases the final effort was easy for De Gea or wayward.

Lallana slid Nathaniel Clyne through in the 88th minute but his ferocious strike was dealt with by De Gea but United would be stunned from the resulting corner as Southampton bundled the ball over the line. Dejan Lovren was credited with the goal though it seemed to come off Lallana’s knee.

United tried to find a winner in stoppage time but Januzaj missed a volley at the far post while Rafael saw his late penalty appeal waved away as the Saints left with a point.

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