Manchester United 0-1 Southampton (11.01.2015) Live Commentary

The both squads performances could be described as average. There have been only a few stirring situations and the fans have probably expected more from this game. Neither of the teams could take the initiative and dominate today’s game. The home team made a lot of passes and attempted to maintain possession. The away side’s tactic was counter-attacking.
Nothing more will happen today, Phil Dowd has blown his whistle and the game is over.
This corner is not going into the box. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) decides to take it with a short pass.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) produces a dangerous low pass into the penalty area, but the defence manage to cut it out. It will be a corner kick for Southampton.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Fraser Forster (Southampton), who smothers the ball.
Dusan Tadić (Southampton) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
There will be a minimum of 5 min. of added time.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
Excellent touch by Graziano Pellè (Southampton)! He latches on to a precious pass on the edge of the box but produces a miskick that goes well wide of the right post. Poor effort.
The resulting corner from Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Manchester United will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
What a chance by Juan Manuel Mata (Manchester United) as he produced a stunning snap shot from the edge of the box! The goalkeeper was a bit lucky as the ball went just wide of the right post.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) sends a cross into the box, but Fraser Forster (Southampton) comes off his line to gather the ball.
Juan Manuel Mata (Manchester United) carelessly plunged himself under the feet of his opponent and couldn’t expect to avoid punishment. This time, Phil Dowd keeps the cards in his pocket, but he blows for the foul.
Substitution has been made. Steven Davis (Southampton) is replaced by Harrison Reed (Southampton).
Mata (Manchester United) latches on to a lofted pass and strikes the ball! His attempt flies narrowly over the bar. The goalkeeper was lucky!
Mata (Manchester United) is furious with himself as he misses a clear opportunity from the six-yard box. He sends a rebounded ball a few inches wide of the left post.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) serves in a nice cross, but Fraser Forster (Southampton) punches the ball away.
Michael Carrick (Manchester United) is awarded a yellow card for his tackle. He doesn’t seem to agree with the decision, but Phil Dowd won’t hear any protests.
Mata (Manchester United) delivers a poor cross from a free kick as one of the defenders comfortably clears it away.
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Phil Dowd to the guilty Graziano Pelle (Southampton).
An opponent rises to his feet after being downed by Steven Davis (Southampton). Phil Dowd saw his sliding tackle and calls for a foul.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger.
Here comes a substitution. Tired Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) left the pitch, and Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) is coming on to help his team.
Dusan Tadić (Southampton) is shown a yellow card by the referee.
Goal! Dusan Tadić (Southampton) picks up the ball off a rebound and from the edge of the box, he unleashes a low shot which goes into the middle of the net. David de Gea (Manchester United) is unable to keep the ball out of the net. It is 0:1.
Graziano Pellè (Southampton) gathers the ball inside the box and produces a snap shot. The ball only rattles the right post.
The Manchester United players find open spaces, and they are able to move the ball from one to another. But now comes an error, and they involuntarily pass the ball to their opponent.
Dusan Tadić (Southampton) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Phil Dowd has a clear vision and blows his whistle.
It will be the substitution. Tyler Blackett (Manchester United) is ready to enter the pitch as Luke Shaw (Manchester United) walks off.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) dispossess an opponent of the ball with but is penalised for a foul. The referee blows his whistle and stops the game.
Here is a change. Eljero Elia (Southampton) is going off and Ronald Koeman gives the last tactical orders to Dusan Tadic (Southampton).
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) with a teasing cross into the area, but Fraser Forster (Southampton) intercepts the ball.
It’s time to substitute. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) can’t go any further and leaves the pitch. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) is taking his place.
Graziano Pellè (Southampton) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
Phil Dowd shows the yellow card to Robin van Persie (Manchester United) for a heavy challenge.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) crosses the ball into the box from the free kick, but the defence clears the danger.
Eljero Elia (Southampton) didn’t hesitate to knock his opponent down with a harsh sliding tackle. Phil Dowd could probably show him a yellow, but he only goes with blowing the whistle for a foul.
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) is disappointed with himself because he got into a good area, but he produces a poor cross.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
Eljero Elia (Southampton) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Southampton.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) produces a poor pass. He attempts to get the ball into the box but it’s hacked away.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) swings the ball into the box from the corner kick but it’s a bit too strong and it goes out-of-play.
Steven Davis (Southampton) connects with a pass but sees a shot from the edge of the box blocked. Now Southampton with a corner.
After the half-time break we are back again. The players are back out on the pitch, and the second half is underway.
Up to this moment, the game has been rather average in terms of attractiveness. We have been missing more thrilling moments. It has been a tight contest so far. The home team makes a lot of passes and attempts to maintain possession. The strategy of the visitors is counter-attacking.
The referee blows his whistle for half-time, so nothing more will happen in the first half of this match.
Juan Manuel Mata (Manchester United) is adjudged offside.
What a close effort by Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) who receives a pass on the edge of the box and shoots. The ball goes inches wide of the right post.
Some great controlled play and passing in the middle of the pitch from Manchester United.
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) came with a sweet piledriver. He controlled a pass, glanced at the goal and fired from the edge of the box. It could have been a difficult one for the keeper, but he only hit one of the defenders off whom the ball bounced away.
Graziano Pellè (Southampton) crosses the ball forward but it is intercepted.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) sends a chip pass into the box, but Fraser Forster (Southampton) is quickest to intercept the ball.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) puts a cross into the box from the free kick, but the defender gets there first.
Phil Dowd pulls out a yellow card to show it to Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) for a tough tackle.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) works the corner short instead of sending the ball into the penalty area.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) crosses the ball into the box, but one of the defending players averts the threat. Manchester United forced their opponent to concede a corner.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) found some space to dink a cross from the side into the box, but it would have to be more precise to threaten the opponent.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) sends a long ball in, but Fraser Forster comfortably gathers the ball.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) doesn’t send a cross into the box from the corner. He passes the ball to his teammate next to him.
Steven Davis (Southampton) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Southampton are going to take it.
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) is caught offside!
Chris Smalling (Manchester United) makes a foul. At least that’s what referee Phil Dowd signals.
Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) is being substituted because of an injury. Ronald Koeman sends Florin Gardoş (Southampton) on the pitch.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) shoots after receiving a good pass. His effort from the edge of the box goes just wide of the right post.
A break in play now as Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) needs to receive treatment.
Manchester United control the tempo of the game as they are exchanging some accurate short passes.
Referee Phil Dowd sees tripping by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) and doesn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
Juan Manuel Mata (Manchester United) sends a crossfield pass, but there is nobody to take up the ball and finish.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) floats the ball in from the corner which is intercepted.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) produces a poor lofted pass into the penalty box. His attempt is easily thwarted by the defence. The referee points to the corner flag. Southampton are given a corner.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) commits an ugly challenge. The referee sees it and immediately blows the whistle.
Phil Dowd blows the whistle. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) brings one of his opponents down with a harsh tackle.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) creates himself a good chance and goes for goal from mid-range, but he misses the left post by a whisker.
The corner from Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) is hurriedly cleared.
Manchester United are on the ball. They increase their possession, but one of the opposition players stopped their effort. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester United will have a chance to score from a corner.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) takes the free kick but it is cleared by the first man.
Phil Dowd blows the whistle. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) committed a foul when he hit the opponent’s legs instead of the ball.
Neat passing move from Southampton in order to create new attacking opportunities.
Phil Dowd blows his whistle and signals a foul after Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) brought his opponent down.
Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) makes a yard for himself inside the box after an accurate pass and takes a shot that goes just wide of the left post.
The first half of today’s match is starting right now.
The players are on the pitch and Southampton will have the kick-off.
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