Manchester United 1-1 Southampton: Late equalizer hands Saints deserved draw (video)

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In the 89th minute Saints captain Adam Lallana deflected in Dejan Lovren’s scrappy shot to send the South Coast club wild and condemn United to more misery at the start of the Premier League campaign.

The Red Devils looked shaky throughout and couldn’t really argue with the result at Old Trafford.

They’d taken a first half lead through Robin van Persie, but United looked disjointed and jaded after several of their players had traveled around the globe in midweek internationals.

The draw leaves Southampton in fourth on 15 points, while Manchester United are in eighth spot on eleven points.

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RVP gave United the lead, but yet another collapse sees the Red Devils struggling.

It was a bright start from the visitors, who should have gone ahead in the 23rd minute when Victor Wanyama dispossessed Wayne Rooney and found Lallana who slotted Daniel Osvaldo in, but the Italian international struck a weak effort at David de Gea.

And then moments later the Saints were made to pay for that miss, as van Persie put United 1-0 up.

Wayne Rooney was set clean through after a terrific defense splitting pass from Adnan Januzaj, and Rooney forced Artur Boruc into a tremendous save. However, the ball ricocheted back into RVP’s path and the Dutchman tucked the ball home for his fourth PL goal of the season.

Slightly harsh on the Saints after a bright start to the game.

Soon after, Rooney was found in the box by Nani and the England international swiveled before striking his shot against the crossbar as the Red Devils piled on the pressure.

For most of the first half Southampton had the ball and looked composed and patient, however on the break United looked dangerous with Januzaj proving a threat on the left-hand side.

The Saints had a few other chances with Osvaldo, Lallana and Jay Rodriguez looking lively going forward, however the Red Devils went in ahead at the interval despite not impressing.

After the break Southampton again started on the front foot, as Luke Shaw made a great run down the left and Lallana’s shot was cleared away by Johnny Evens for a corner. From the resulting set piece, Dejan Lovren’s header was cleared away by RVP on the post, as the Saints kept their assault on United’s goal going.

But as the second half wore on United ramped up their attack as van Persie and Nani both went close, then Boruc saved superbly from Januzaj in the 62nd minute.

Southampton kept going throughout the second half and pushed forward, leaving themselves exposed on many occasions. But some last-ditch tackles left the Saints in with a chance to grab an equalizer… and that’s exactly what they did.

In the 89th minute an inswinging corner found Dejan Lovren at the back post and the Croatian international bundled the ball towards goals, as they final touch went in off Lallana to send Southampton’s players into raptures in front of their fans in the far right hand corner. It was the third goal Southampton have scored after the 88th minute this season, the most in the PL.

United threatened to try and snatch a late win, but the Saints held on for a point to keep their good start to the season going.

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Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Evans, Evra; Nani (Giggs, 69). Carrick, Fellaini (Welbeck, 76), Januzaj; Rooney (Smalling, 87), van Persie.

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama (Guly, 83), Schneiderlin, S. Davis (Ward-Prowse, 67), Lallana (c), Rodriguez (Lambert, 55), Osvaldo.

VIDEO: American teen Wright scores first 2.Bundesliga goal

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For all the talk about Schalke’s 18-year-old American wunderkind, Weston McKennie, it’s easy to forget that three young Yanks signed for the Bundesliga side.

One of them, Haji Wright, scored four goals in a preseason match before being loaned out to Sandhausen in 2.Bundesliga.

Ex-New York Cosmos striker Wright, 19, came off the bench for Sandhausen in its league opener Saturday, and didn’t wilt when given a clear scoring chance alone in the 18.

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Wright has scored 31 goals at the U.S. youth national team level, and Bruce Arena will be quite familiar with him given a four-year stint with the LA Galaxy Academy.

Fellow American striker Andrew Wooten is on the books at Sandhausen, but the veteran was not in the 18.

Here’s video, found by American Soccer Now’s Brian Sciaretta:

Watch Live: Swansea host Manchester United

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Swansea City welcome Manchester United to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with Jose Mourinho’s side aiming to stay top of the Premier League table.

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Yes, it’s early days, but the Red Devils were imperious in their thumping 4-0 win against West Ham United to open their season. Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic dominated and Mourinho’s men are now a powerful, well-oiled machine.

As for Swansea, they struggled at Southampton but came away with a draw, however the main storyline surrounding the South Wales side this week has been losing Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton for over $60 million. Paul Clement will have to act fast to spend that cash wisely, but there is no doubt the Swans will miss their Icelandic playmaker.

In team news Swansea bring in Kyle Bartley and Roque Mesa as they line up in a 3-5-2 formation with Jordan Ayew and Tammy Abraham up top.

Man United are, unsurprisingly, unchanged.

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Swansea City: Fabianski; Fernandez, Bartley, Mawson; Naughton, Mesa, Fer, Carroll, Olsson; Ayew, Abraham. Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Fulton, Narsingh, Routledge, McBurnie.

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind; Matic, Pogba; Mkhitaryan, Mata, Rashford; Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Smalling, Fellaini, Herrera, Lingard, Martial

Arsenal sends Gabriel Paulista to Valencia

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Arsenal has a thin defense, but that hasn’t stopped Arsene Wenger from thinning the squad even further.

Gabriel Paulista is headed back to the Spanish top flight after the completion of his transfer to Valencia. The Brazilian was sold for a reported $12.8 million, just below the $14 million price tag Arsenal coughed up to Villareal back in January, 2015. He will partner with Manchester City loanee Eliaquim Mangala at Valencia.

The 26-year-old made 64 appearances for the Gunners across all competitions, including 46 in the Premier League. His only goal for the club was Arsenal’s first of a 2-0 win over Bournemouth in December, 2015. His high-water mark with the club was a 120-minute performance against Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinals where Arsenal came back to win 2-1 on an Alexis Sanchez goal in extra time.

“We would like to thank Gabriel for his contribution to the club and to wish him well for his return to La Liga with Valencia,” Arsenal said in its confirmation of the deal.

Paulista was utilized more than expected last season thanks to an injury crisis at the back, and still the Arsenal squad doesn’t seem fat enough to offload defenders, but Gabriel’s over-aggressive nature and tackling inaccuracy led him to an early exit.

With Arsene Wenger now deploying a back-three, the only natural central defenders currently on the roster are Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi, and Rob Holding. Koscielny is suspended from a red card at the end of last season, and Mertesacker is battling a head injury. Sead Kolasinac, Nacho Monreal, and Calum Chambers have played CB for the Gunners in the recent past, but it is not their natural position.

Fabian Johnson misses Gladbach training with injury

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With John Brooks already out long-term due to a thigh injury, the United States may have another key injury to work around.

According to Borussia Monchengladbach manager Dieter Hecking, full-back/winger Fabian Johnson missed training on Friday due to an unspecified injury, and is now a question mark for Gladbach’s home match on Sunday against FC Koln. It could be nothing, but even the scare is cause for concern among U.S. fans.

Johnson has battled a few injuries the past couple of seasons, including a hamstring problem last spring that kept him out for nearly two months, including a pair of World Cup qualifiers in March.

Johnson’s absence would leave a hole at right-back for the United States. The 29-year-old has been deployed some at right wing for the USMNT, but he has been relatively poor at that position in the national setup, looking better when pushed further back where he is given more defensive duties, roaming forward with less frequency but more intent.

In place of Johnson, another converted winger in Graham Zusi has been seeing more time at right-back, but he offers less in the attack and lacks Johnson’s recovery speed, meaning mistakes by the Sporting KC veteran are punished more often.