Southampton   2

Lambert (16), Schneiderlin (55)

Man United   3

van Persie (23, 87, 90)

Sunday 2 September St Mary's | Attendance: 39,609

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Southampton
1Davies
2Clyne
6Fonte
5Hooiveldyellow card
13Fox
8Davis
4Schneiderlingoal
16Ward-Prowse
42Puncheonsub24
20Lallanasub9
7Lambertgoalsub21
Subs:
9Rodriguezsub20
19Lee
12Gazzaniga
21Gulysub7
22Richardson
24Mayukasub42
25Seaborne
Man United
13Lindegaard
2Rafael
15Vidic
5Ferdinand
3Evra
23Cleverleysub22
16Carrick
26Kagawasub17
7Valencia
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19Welbecksub14
Subs:
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6Evans
11Giggs
14Hernandezsub19
17Nanisub26
22Scholessub23
25Powell

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02/09/2012 17:41, Report by Adam Marshall
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Mike Dean awarded what looked a blatant penalty after having a fine view of the incident but van Persie was guilty of over-elaborating from the spot and Davis atoned for his mistake by pulling off a comfortable save. It appeared to be a serious blow to any hopes of overturning the deficit and the Reds seemed stunned for some time afterwards.

Substitute Javier Hernandez wriggled free to force a desperate last-ditch tackle by Clyne before the late drama unfolded - just when hope seemed to be lost with only three minutes left. Rafael's cross was headed against an upright by Ferdinand but van Persie pounced on the rebound to lash into an unguarded net. In stoppage time, he completed the rescue act with a bullet header from Nani's inviting corner to spark scenes of jubilation in the away end, jacknifing a wonderful finish over Davis.

It looked like being the most frustrating of afternoons, but instead became a glorious, memorable occasion with van Persie well on his way to becoming an Old Trafford hero.

That is what supporting Manchester United under Sir Alex has been all about and, for all the excitement of the past, few of the 1,000 games will match this one for raising the blood pressure and the sense of euphoria will last all the way until the next league outing against Wigan in 13 days' time.

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