Manchester United 0-1 Southampton: Austin debut hero; United booed off

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  • Austin heads home later winner
  • Third win on spin for Saints
  • United fans boo players off

$6.5 million for Charlie Austin is a bit of a bargain.

On Saturday the striker Southampton signed last week from Queens Park Rangers jumped off the bench to head home a late winner as Saints defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford.

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United were poor throughout and hardly created any chances of note as a stubborn Southampton side won for the third-straight game — also keeping a third-straight clean sheet — and piled more misery on United’s manager Louis Van Gaal who was booed throughout after his side only had one shot on target.

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With the victory Saints move on to 33 points, while United remain on 37.

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A dour opening first 45 minutes saw Southampton look more likely to take the lead and they had a great shout for a penalty kick.

Shane Long was bundled down in the box by Ander Herrera but the referee waved away the calls from Saints. United got away with one.

Before the break United had a few half chances with Wayne Rooney striking from distance and Jesse Lingard having a shot fly just wide but Van Gaal’s side were booed off the pitch as they extended their record of not scoring in the first half of homes games to 11 matches.

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At half time Juan Mata replaced Marounae Fellaini with the home fans delighted to see the Spanish playmaker on the pitch to try and unlock Saints’ defense.

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In the second half Southampton continued to look comfortable in possession and the home fans continued to grow restless. A mouse was spotted on the pitch in a bizarre incident and that was one of the highlights of the second half, which says it all.

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However, Austin came on for the final 10 minutes to make his Southampton debut and in the 87th minute he scored the game-winner in dramatic fashion.

A free kick from James Ward-Prowse on the right found Austin eight-yards out and the former QPR man sent a bullet header into the top corner as he celebrated in front of the jubilant away fans.

As the home supporters berated Van Gaal and United’s players, Southampton celebrated back-to-back wins at Old Trafford after previously going 27 years without a win at United.

How many more damaging defeats can Van Gaal endure before it’s the end for him at United?

Watch Live: West Ham United v. Liverpool

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After weeks of having a game in hand on Premier League title chasers Manchester City and Leicester City, the full extent of Liverpool’s lead will be revealed when the Reds visit West Ham United on Wednesday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and

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Once the full-time whistle blows at the London Stadium, all 20 PL sides will have played 24 games. Ahead of kickoff, Jurgen Klopp‘s side leads second-place Man City by a whopping 16 points.

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West Ham, meanwhile, sit 17th in the table and are only clear of the relegation zone by way of goal differential. That’s something that could very easily change between now and 5 p.m. ET.

LIVE, League Cup semifinal: Man City v. Man United

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It’s time for leg two of the Manchester derby in the semifinals of the EFL Cup (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET) at the Etihad Stadium.

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Manchester City lead 3-1 following their first-leg dismantling of Manchester United at Old Trafford. In theory, it’s a mere formality to reach the final at Wembley, where they would take on Aston Villa following their late dramatics on Tuesday.

Click on the link above to follow the action live, while we will have you covered here at Pro Soccer Talk with all of the reaction and analysis.


Transfer rumor roundup: Richarlison to Barca for $110m? Spurs’ striker search

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A roundup of all of the major transfer rumors, most notably those involving Premier League clubs, on Wednesday…

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Barcelona have reportedly had a $110-million bid for Richarlison rejected by Everton. That’s a mind-blowing number for a club like Everton to receive, but the Toffees apparently didn’t have to think long before saying “thanks, but no thanks.” Luis Suarez is expected to miss four months due to a knee injury, leaving the Blaugrana somewhat for a replacement. Everton, however, have no desire to lose a key member of their squad with little to no time to sign a replacement.

After adding winger Steven Bergwijn on Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur are heavily linked with a number of strikers as options to replace the injured Harry Kane. AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek is the most frequently linked (and most expensive) player coming out of the rumor mill, while Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud has come up as an emergency option (he is reportedly open to the idea). However, Jose Mourinho has reportedly been told he has just $13 million to acquire a new forward after spending a combined $108 million on Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes.

Elsewhere in Tottenham rumors, full back Kyle Walker-Peters is expected to complete a loan move (without an option to buy) to Southampton in the very near future. The 22-year-old has been on the fringe of the first-team squad for what feels like five years now, but has never quite broken through. This could be Spurs putting into the shop window a player who they don’t believe is in their long-term plans in order to drive up his price tag come this summer.

Sheffield United look set to make a big push for a top-six finish, as the Blades are linked with moves for a pair of highly rated young players: Richairo Zivkovic, from Chinese side Changchun Yatai, and Sander Berge, from Genk. Zivkovic was one of the most highly touted youngsters in Europe before moving to China on a big-money deal; Berge has been linked with some of the biggest clubs across Europe in recent years, all the while the 21-year-old has become a fixture for the Belgian side.

Man United confirm agreement for Bruno Fernandes

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Bruno Fernandes is on the brink of becoming a Manchester United player after the club announced on Wednesday that an agreement has been reached with Portuguese side Sporting CP.

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From the club’s website, which is currently unreachable at the time of posting:

“Manchester United are delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes.

“The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course.”

The dollar figure most commonly reported is $61 million (potentially reaching $88 million after add-ons). Fernandes, 25, is reportedly in the process of visiting the Sporting offices to terminate his current contract and record a goodbye video for fans before boarding a flight to Manchester.

Fernandes came close to joining Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, but an agreement could never be reached between the involved parties and they ended up signing Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis instead.