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Saints shock Man United at the death

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Michael Obafemi knifed in a James Ward-Prowse corner kick deep in stoppage time to steal a point for Southampton in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday.

Manchester United failed to claim a top four place for the first time since September and remain behind fourth-place Leicester City on goal differential. Both sides trail Chelsea by one point with three to play.

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Anthony Martial had a goal and set up Marcus Rashford for another as United stretched its unbeaten run to 18 in all competitions. United has Crystal Palace, West Ham, and Leicester City on the schedule in its bid for a top four spot.

Stuart Armstrong also scored for Saints, who draw United a week after beating Man City and claim point No. 45 on the season. That’s good for 12th place, behind Everton on goal differential.


Three things we learned

1.  Mercurial Martial makes good: Find yourself another Premier League player with 21 goal involvements this season that few people will believe has 21 goal involvements this season. Martial, 24, added a 16th goal and fifth assist to his league season on Monday before the match was a half-hour old. Martial hasn’t gone more than three PL matches without a goal since December, and has pitched in five goals and three assists in 12 cup matches. Sneaky star.

2. More about Bruno: Surely it’s going to get tiring to hear people waxing poetic about Bruno Fernandes but his numbers in the Premier League have been absolutely sensational. The 25-year-old Portuguese has seven goals and seven assists in 11 league outings, kept off the score sheet by only Wolves and Sheffield United. The Red Devils have eight wins and three draws when he hits a PL pitch. That is good.

3. Two lapses, one point: Pogba’s early slip allowed Saints a 1-0 lead only for United to race back into the lead within a quarter-hour. But Victor Lindelof failed to clear Ward-Prowse’s stoppage time corner despite holding frontside position on a prone Obafemi, who reached in front of the center back to find the equalizer.

Man of the Match:

Martial, who could’ve had a second assist late when he set up Rashford.


Manchester United – Southampton recap

Two teams who’ve been playing well brought the entertainment early.

Paul Pogba made an error in a terrible part of the field that allowed Armstrong the opportunity to give Saints a 1-0 lead off a Nathan Redmond feed.

But the Frenchman delivered a “hockey assist” in playing Martial into the box to assist Rashford’s equalizer eight minutes later.

Martial then ripped home a shot from just inside the box to give United a 2-1 lead and cap off a three-goal run inside of 11 minutes.

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The second half lagged a bit and United will be upset to not have put it to bed early. Rashford was denied in the 68th minute when Ryan Bertrand charged in front of his in-tight shot.

The Red Devils spent the better portion of the final stages keeping Saints between the United 18 and midfield with little threat from the visitors until Oriol Romeu found Redmond to force a terrific flying save out of David De Gea.

That was foreshadowing, as Obafemi stabbed home.

There was a lengthy delay at the start of stoppage time when Kyle Walker-Peters knocked heads with Brandon Williams, the latter leaving the match with a head injury as United finished with 10 men.

Premier League social media wrap: Krul cooks, ‘Redz’ dances

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Rebecca Lowe rounds up the best of Premier League social media in the video above, and we’ve caught some other items as well.

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Rebecca saw Mikael Sylvestre exercising in a door frame and Christian Fuchs going “Rocky IV,” focusing on the new and public training habits of PL stars.

The pulses were rising for some in training, but Nathan Redmond was choosing to get it cooking with a dance contest.

Meanwhile, Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul was turning up the temperature in the kitchen with his daughter.


Robert Snodgrass started a podcast with former Rangers player Kris Boyd and didn’t even have the good sense to call it a Snodcast. Come on, Robert.

West Ham teammate Jack Wilshere was one of his guests.

A fellow Hammer was also getting involved in a new technical pursuit.

Michail Antonio has discovered Photoshop.

 

Manchester City centerback Nicolas Otamendi was training at home with minimal dress.

Newcastle comes back to beat Southampton

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Federico Fernandez punched home a spilled rebound in the 87th minute as Newcastle United came back to beat Southampton 2-1 at St. James’ Park on Sunday.

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The win is Newcastle’s sixth result in seven outings, sending the Magpies 10th with 22 points.

Saints stay in the drop zone with 15 points.


Three things we learned

1. Oh Danny Boy: Ings collected his ninth goal of the Premier League season in scoring for his fifth-straight match. He’s now two goals shy of his PL best single season, when he nabbed 11 for Burnley in 2014/15, and you’d bet just about anything reasonable that he sets a new standard.

2. Carroll called again, and answers: A difference maker while making a surprising start at center forward at midweek, the hometown hero was called into the fold when Joelinton was again unable to generate much. Carroll got the back post to collect Shelvey’s free kick, sending the cross back in for the equalizing header. Speaking of which…

3. Shelvey stays hot: Like Ings, Newcastle has often gone how Shelvey (and Allan Saint-Maximin) have gone. The Magpies’ midfielder whipped in a free kick which was off the mark, but was the back post to rise and plant a perfect header home off the ensuing cross.

Man of the Match: It’s probably Saint-Maximin, who laid off for Longstaff’s rip, but make sure to spare a thought for Steve Bruce. The manager has been ripped for everything from taking the job to his formation, but his subs of Longstaff and Carroll proven to be difference makers.


Nathan Redmond was twice stymied by very in-form Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka.

The Magpies had a chance in the first 25 minutes through Joelinton, but he was well dispossessed.

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It was a pretty sleepy, old-school scrap, and Federico Fernandez couldn’t get enough muster on a pre-half header to change the narrative.

Ings put some life into the game, of course he did, with a 52nd minute goal slotted cleverly past Dubravka.

Javi Manquillo then had a promising shot blocked after Steve Bruce lifted Joelinton for Andy Carroll.

Redmond really should’ve had it 2-1 off a 74th minute corner, but couldn’t react quick enough to Shane Long‘s flick.

Instead, it was Newcastle on the doorstep. Allan Saint-Maximin drew the Saints defense to his side, and then laid off for fresh sub Sean Longstaff. McCarthy spilled a diverted shot onto the doorstep for Fernandez to rifle home with minutes to spare.

Nathan Redmond headlines Southampton’s injuries

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Southampton’s star forward Nathan Redmond will miss their clash with Manchester United on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Redmond, 25, scored in Saints’ 2-0 win at Brighton last weekend and set up Michael Obafemi as they beat Fulham in the League Cup on Tuesday, but shortly after that assist he picked up a knock at Craven Cottage.

Speaking about Redmond’s ankle injury, Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed he could be out for around three weeks which isn’t bad timing considering the international break is coming up.

“At the moment it looks like Nathan Redmond is out for two or three weeks, it could be longer,” Hasenhuttl said. “He has rehab and for the next ten days he has to wear a shoe to make sure he does not move his ankle.”

Obafemi, 19, will also miss the Man United game after limping off against Fulham due to muscle fatigue. While new signing Moussa Djenepo, who scored a stunner against Brighton to open his Saints account, also suffered a muscle injury against Fulham and will miss the visit of the Red Devils to St Mary’s.

Losing Redmond is a big blow for Saints.

Since Hasenhuttl arrived he’s been their top goalscorer and the winger fought his way back into the England squad at the end of last season. His pace and trickery cause plenty of problems and he probably should have scored even more goals over the past 12 months.

Saints boss Hasenhuttl has plenty of options on the bench to call on though, with the likes of Sofiane Boufal, Danny Ings and Che Adams all expected to start in attacking roles, while Stuart Armstrong could also come into the team.

United and Saints usually put on a show as they drew 2-2 at St Mary’s last season and United edged to a 3-2 win at Old Trafford later in the campaign.

Coupled with several 3-2 victories for United at St Mary’s in recent years, we are expecting goals galore on Saturday. And that’s despite Saints missing three of their most potent players so far this season due to injury.

Early, late goals leave Saints, Watford level (video)

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  • Long scores after 7.69 seconds (video)
  • Watford equalizes 89 minutes later
  • Hornets hit seventh place, again

Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history, while Andre Gray collected his glory late as Southampton and Watford drew 1-1 at Vicarage Road on Tuesday.

Long’s goal before the match was eight seconds old gave Saints a lead which would last 89-plus minutes.

The point moves Watford one ahead of Everton for seventh place, while Southampton is 16th with 37 points. Saints are not mathematically eliminated, but it’s close due to a 6-point advantage and 18-goal lead in differential.

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Long’s record goal came just 7.69 seconds into the game as the Irish forward blocked a pass and raced toward the 18 before beating a charging Ben Foster.

Nathan Redmond had a chance to make it 2-0 when he was defied by the Watford defense, then again when Long nearly cued up Redmond but the off-balance winger hit his shot wide of the post.

In-form Gerard Deulofeu, to no one’s surprise, came closest to tying the score before half with a curling ball off the outside of the post.

Gray found the equalizer in the 90th minute, nearly as close to the end of the match as Long’s goal was to the start.

A mistrap or missed volley from a teammate fell to Gray, who roofed it over Angus Gunn.

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