Match Report: Southampton 0-3 Manchester United

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Southampton 0-3 Manchester United

A Danny Welbeck header, a Nani penalty and a first senior goal for Darron Gibson gave Manchester United the reward of a fourth round tie against Tottenham after a routine dismissal of the threat of Southampton.

The Saints felt they had cause to be aggreived as Welbeck’s opener appeared to be offside, and then a sending off for their forward Paterson for a lunge on Vidic incensed the bench.

In truth United were slightly fortunate to be awarded youngster Welbecks goal as half of his body seemed offside as he, but Matty Paterson’s challenge was truly reckless and with both feet leaving the ground referee Riley had little option but to dismiss the youngster.

The Red Devils continued to dominate the tie and doubled their lead with a penalty – once again, the home crowd and manager were incensed as McGoldrick was harshly punished for handball – but once again, it was probably inexperience that caused the wrong decision from the Saints player.

Nani coolly put away the penalty and almost scored again shortly after, a spectacular bicycle kick hitting the post, before Anderson went close with a long range drive.

Sir Alex introduced Wayne Rooney to try and spark some urgency into United’s performance even though the tie was comfortably won – and Rooney did just that, coming close on a couple of occasions before brilliantly finding space and setting up fellow substitute Gibson for his first goal in United colours.

United head into a similar cup tie (albeit the first leg of a semi final) on Wednesday against Derby before the massive clash against Chelsea in the league next Sunday.


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