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Southampton 1-2 Manchester United
Michael Owen and Chicharito rescue a lacklustre Red Devils side against The Saints…

Match Report – Southampton 1-2 Manchester United

: FA Cup, Fourth Round
Kick-Off & Date: 5:15pm, Saturday 29th January
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton (Away)
Attendance: 28,792

Sir Alex Ferguson worked his magic once more, as his changes saw Manchester United edge past Southampton in an tight FA Cup Fourth Round tie with Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium. Second half goals from Michael Owen and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez reversed the home side’s lead, after they had been fired ahead by Richard Chaplow just before half time. The Red Devils continue to win no matter how they play…

Anders Lindegaard made his debut in-goal for United, with John O’Shea captaining the side. Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Fabio Da Silva completed the back-four line-up, while Gabriel Obertan switched from wing to wing. Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t go for width, as Darron Gibson, Paul Scholes and Oliveira Anderson – all centre midfielders – were packed into the middle of the park. Javier Hernandez started up-front, alongside Michael Owen. 

The Saints came marching in early on, with Lindegaard making a number of solid saves within the first 10 minutes. In the opening stages, Southampton had the ball in the back of the net – however Dan Harding, the scorer, had strayed offside. At the other end, second choice goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski was forced to make some routines saves, but there was nothing for United to exploit.
Michael Owen nearly put The Reds into the lead mid-way through the first half, when his cross hit the far post, giving Bialkowski a scare. But it was Southampton who looked the most dangerous of the two, winning the midfield battle against Sir Alex’s side. And just before the break, Richard Chaplow was allowed space inside the box, making the most of Rickie Lambert’s through pass by latching onto the ball, leaving Lindegaard flat-footed.
Richard Chaplow scores on 45 minutes for Southampton…

Fabio Da Silva was one of the few United players having a go at the opposition, but Fergie decided to replace the young Brazilian defender with Wes Brown before the second half, after he suffered a slight injury. The spotlight was firmly on sought-after Saints midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and he certainly didn’t let his onlookers down, giving The Red’s defence a run around on many occasions. Nevertheless, Southampton failed to increase their lead.

It was the introduction of Ryan Giggs and Luis Nani for Darron Gibson and Oliveira Anderson that changed the face of the game on 58 minutes, both wingers providing extra width to The Red Army. A goal was coming, as Southampton were placed on the back foot for the first time in the game. 

Gabby Obertan, who had a quite game in the first half, sent in a cross that deflected off Danny Seaborne and onto Michael Owen’s head for the equaliser on 65 minutes. The goal was major sigh of relief for United fans, finding their voice amongst the League One side’s supporters in St. Mary’s. The Red Devils were back in it…
Michael Owen nets a leveller for The Red Devils with 65 minutes gone

Southampton didn’t lie down however, but Giggs put in a brilliant shift in midfield to reignite United’s chances of booking a place in The FA Cup 5th Round. Scholes was reinvented in the second half, much of it down to his veteran colleague. Nani and Obertan woke-up on either side, and The Reds were back in it. Lindegaard kept his cool in goal for United, as did our defenders. 

United were certainly a changed side, and when Owen pounced on a mistake by Ryan Dickson, he didn’t think twice about passing it straight to Giggsy. The 37-year-old continues to amaze, and his beautiful through ball into a certain Mexican striker was rolled past Bialkowski, onto the post and into the back of the net. Chicharito, you legend !

The Saints had 15 minutes to find a way back into the game, and weren’t helped by referee Martin Atkinson – who stopped the game for the slightest of infringements – with both sides clearly unhappy. But the game ended with United winning by 2-1, again grabbing a late win. Fergie’s men are now in the 5th Round, but will have to smooth the edges to avoid any more scares…
Chicharito puts himself on the line to score a 75th minute winner for United !

United Team: Anders Lindegaard, Chris Smalling, Fabio Da Silva (Wes Brown ’46), John O’Shea, Jonny Evans, Luis, Oliveira Anderson (Luis Nani ’58), Paul Scholes, Gabriel Obertan, Darron Gibson (Ryan Giggs ’58), Michael Owen, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.

Goals: Owen ’65, Chicharito ’75




Sat, 29 Jan 2011 7:19:04 pm

its obvious united really need to find some new quality players…. untill when do they need to keep relying on giggs to save the team??? n what the fuck was gibson doing??? he’s rubbish. trult NOT a united kind of player..period.



Sat, 29 Jan 2011 7:27:08 pm

Ur rite all the team is reliving on gigs and override just facing about also what the he’ll was o Shea dowin he sucks what happens 2 ferdinand and vidic


United q8

Sat, 29 Jan 2011 7:38:39 pm

Gibson must leave , fabio was better than brown i don’t know why sir changed him , we need a playmaker , GIGS U R PRICLESS



Sat, 29 Jan 2011 8:03:39 pm

YA Gibson must go not in the summer now; what does he offer fuck nothing ; what so fergie see in him any time he plays he takes him of ; Gigs you are god ;


we signed who is he do

Sat, 29 Jan 2011 8:36:24 pm

according to this web source we signed a player like BEBE ; www.klikfc.com/…:/manchester-united-sign-daniel-thorne-for-£500000 – United Kingdom DONT THINK IS TRUE


Sat, 29 Jan 2011 8:56:21 pm

Looks pretty fake



Sat, 29 Jan 2011 9:19:03 pm

All you fans who slag off your own players should go support someone else it’s a team game support your team and there players or piss off, were still winning games losers.



Sat, 29 Jan 2011 9:44:54 pm

Gibson needs our support. He’s not a bad player; just going through a rough patch, maybe he can be loaned out to get more first team experiences. But yeah Obertan definitely needs to improve his game. He doesn’t look like a United material.


Sat, 29 Jan 2011 9:53:24 pm

Agree with Amir. Gabby looks good for Reserves, just has to do that with 1st team.



Sat, 29 Jan 2011 10:17:31 pm

Hernandez is the man, get that into your head Fergie!



Sun, 30 Jan 2011 12:02:23 am

Matty get a fuckin grip are we not allowed an opinion when a player ain’t united material it deserves to be brought up. SUPPORT SOME 1ELSE ! You say, we are all reds thru and thru on here! So voice your opinion like we all do on here and keep your fuckin mouth shut when it comes to other fans opinions!



Sun, 30 Jan 2011 1:56:45 am

Fergie did well by putting subs in the field, maybe he will realized that Chicharito must start the games along with Rooney. Definitely Giggs and Chicharito make a good couple. CHICHARITO YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!! 🙂



Sun, 30 Jan 2011 7:14:39 am

Matty, I kinda understand where you’re coming from up to a point. Yes we all should encourage and support all our players, but for how long do we turn a blind eye to the odd one or two who just aren’t good enough? Yes Gibson was playing out of position yesterday, but he was playing in the centre against Blackpool midweek. Ok, you can’t really judge a player in 2 games, but from the other games I’ve watched him in, other than a decent shot he didn’t offer much. This is his make or break time, if he turns it around to the end of the season, I’ll eat my words and admit I’m wrong, but if not, I can’t see Fergie turning down another £2million offer in the summer for him. By the way, telling other United fans to piss off because they air their opinions is a bit strong. If we all pissed off then you would have a very lonely and boring forum with yourself and a few “Yes Men” left and no interesting and entertaining debate



Sun, 30 Jan 2011 7:23:03 am

I thought Michael Owen played well although he had to drop deep to get the ball before the wingers came on, he still showed he is a quality footballer. Would love him to get another contract and stay as he knows where the back of the net is and has the added bonus of winding the scousers up. Everytime he scores there’s a tear in Merseyside



Sun, 30 Jan 2011 10:35:33 am

I have and I do we are all clearly statin he ain’t good enough to be on the startin 11. But it doesn’t mean we don’t get behind him when for some reason he gets in the team. What does he bring to the team! He can’t tackle, his thought on and around the pitch ain’t good or quick enough, he gets caught to many times, I could go on and on. And like I said before Matty watch your fuckin mouth.



Sun, 30 Jan 2011 1:16:09 pm

Marty y don’t u get a life cant u understand that we almost could of lost that Mach and why because firgy is picking crap players on the squad especially Gibson so suck on that



Sun, 30 Jan 2011 3:12:32 pm

Carl watch my mouth ow terrifying you idiot get a grip and love all the players its a team game you mug



Sun, 30 Jan 2011 3:14:12 pm

And Arthur no such thing as could of lost only win loss or draw no could of and we won



Sun, 30 Jan 2011 4:13:51 pm

I can’t be arsed gettin into a childish little argument with you I know and every1 else on here knows your just a little knob that talks shit. Well see come summer if he’s still at united



Sun, 30 Jan 2011 4:15:47 pm

And well said Arthur



Mon, 31 Jan 2011 6:42:03 am

Its simple really. Gibson either need to go out on loan or sold. Simple as. At d moment its obvious he is nt gud enough. He had to b subbed on two different game for us to win. Says it all really


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