Rooney double sinks Saints

Manchester United 2-1 Southampton: Match Review

Adam Storer
Published 01/31/2013 12:46 by Adam Storer.

Manchester United fought back from a goal down to see off Southampton at Old Trafford.

A defensive blunder allowed the Saints to take an early lead through Jay Rodriguez, before Wayne Rooney netted twice to take his tally to nine in the league this season.

The opening goal came after Michael Carrick made a poor first touch, before attempting to knock the ball back to United keeper David de Gea.

Former Burnley striker Rodriguez was quick to pounce, knocking the ball past the Spaniard to slot into an open goal.

Yet, in true United fashion, they equalised just five minutes later, when a poor throw-in from Southampton allowed United to work the ball to Shinji Kagawa, who slipped Rooney in behind the defender to knock it past oncoming Saints keeper Arthur Boruc.

Former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Kagawa almost turned goalscorer straight after, when Phil Jones crossed in and the Japanese international's shot rattled the post.

The Red Devils could have easily been two or three goals ahead after 25 minutes, if it wasn't for Boruc's heroics.

However, the home side did take the lead, when Robin van Persie's in-swinging free-kick was knocked into the box by a flying Patrice Evra at the far post for Rooney to tap into an empty net.

Despite having over 20 shots in the game, Southampton could not pull back level, ending a run of six games unbeaten for the south coast club.

They are now just three points above the relegation places, whilst Manchester United extended their lead at the top of the table to seven points, after their rivals Manchester City drew away to QPR on Tuesday night.


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