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Summary

  1. Pelle scores twice to give Saints hope
  2. Martial double & Mata strike give Man Utd win
  3. GET INVOLVED: #bbcfootball

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Louis van Gaal
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Louis van Gaal will enjoy a cold beer tonight as United move up to second in the league after a brilliant comeback. It looks like being a Manchester battle for the title this year. 

Have a read of Tom Rostance's report of the game.

Cheerio.

Title challenge for United?

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

At the start of the season, manager Louis van Gaal said his Manchester United side can't challenge for the title, but does this win change thing?

"We shall always strive for it but you can't expect a team in transition already to win a title. But when we are close. we shall grab it," he said.

Louis van Gaal and Wayne Rooney
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What's next for the two sides?

The League Cup returns this week with third round action. Southampton travels to MK Dons, while Manchester United host Ipswich. Both games are on Wednesday 23 September and a chance to pick up some silverware for both Dutch managers.

A win for Shaw

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

Juan Mata on Sky Sports
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We are very sorry for Luke Shaw and this victory was for him. We are very proud that he can smile today.

Juan MataManchester United midfielder

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal on BBC Sport: "It was very important after the PSV Eindhoven game. I have to make a lot of compliments to my players.

"Anthony Martial is already special because we paid a lot of money for him. A lot of people are thinking he is a gerat star but he is a boy of 19. In three matches he has shown a lot.

"I am very happy with him but we and he have to keep our feet on the ground.

"That is why we were difficult in the transfer window. I have always said we wanted to keep David De Gea."

Louis van Gaal
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Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his side "controlled the match better" and wanted to "kill the game".

Full quotes from the Dutchman to come.

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

On THAT David De Gea save...

David De Gea
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It was a great save from David De Gea, I thought it was in. He showed why he is considered one of the best in the world.

Jose Fonte on Sky SportsSouthampton defender

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#MUFC gradually and steadily easing themselves in title battle position. #bbcfootball

If Man United had a composed defense I feel we would be unstoppable in games. How important does that De Gea deal look now. #bbcfootball

'Mistakes cost us'

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman on Sky Sports: “The first 30 minutes we played perfectly, we had good organisation and they had difficulties breaking us. We lost it a bit 10 minutes before half time. In the second half, if you make that kind of mistake it is impossible. 

"We lost belief. The reaction after 3-2 was good and we had enough chances but David De Gea made some good saves. We didn’t lose by Manchester United, we lost by ourselves.

“From Jose Fonte’s header it was a great save. From Victor Wanyama too but we know David De Gea is a good goalkeeper.

“We can play good football when we have control. It is all about belief. Making mistakes is a part of football but we have to continue. There have been a lot of changes in the game but we are still strong.”

Ronald Koeman
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Maybe it's a Manchester tussle this season..? #bbcfootball

It could well be. United move up to second in the table, just two points behind City.

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

Morgan Schneiderlin
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We know in the Premier League it is never finished and have to be careful until the end. We were in control and it happened against Swansea and PSV. We need to learn quickly again. The manager reminded us this week that if we are leading and in control, then we have to keep our shape. It was strange to go into the away dressing room at the start but I had to stay focused.

Morgan Schneiderlin on Sky SportsManchester United midfielder

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

Full reaction of this game coming up from players, as well as the two managers.

Suffering Saints

Southampton 2-3 Manchester United

Steve Claridge

BBC 5 live

"Southampton will be kicking themselves. I don't think they have asked enough questions of Manchester United. They showed near the end how suspect Manchester United can be but allowed them to dictate for long periods.

"It's probably just about right but Southampton will be kicking themselves they didn't get something out of this game."

Ronald Koeman
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Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

United have to thank goalkeeper David De Gea who kept them in the game with some crucial save. That reported £200,000 a week contract is worth every penny at the moment.

As is the initial £36m fee paid for Anthony Martial. Two well-taken goals by the Frenchman today.

Anthony Martial
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FULL-TIME

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

That's it, United get the three points. What a game.

Manchester United celebrate
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Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

United break clear with Wayne Rooney, but nothing daft as Memphis Depay holds on to the ball as they look to chip away a few more seconds.

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

Victor Wanyama's long ball forward is too long and David De Gea can collect. Can United hang on?

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

One more chance for Southampton?

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

A late flurry from Southampton but David De Gea has saved their skin once again. Two minutes to go.

GREAT SAVE!

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

Great save from David De Gea, flying to his right to push away Victor Wanyama's drive.

Victor Wanyama
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Southampton 2-3 Manchester United

Andrew Tarpay: Van Gaal gonna have to answer for bringing on McNair if United don't win, crazy substitution.

Manchester United bench
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Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

DUSAN TADIC!!! No!

The Serbian is up to meet Sadio Mane's cross but can't get it on target.

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

Silly from Memphis Depay, who takes a short corner, gets it back but is offside.

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

Brilliant run from Paddy McNair, earns his side a corner and some room to breath. 

FIVE minutes of added time.

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

Dusan Tadic's free-kick causes panic in the United box. Shane Long clips a ball up for Graziano Pelle, in a similar position to where he scored from, but this time his header goes over. One minutes plus stoppages left.

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

A lovely sweeping move from Southampton...

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Southampton 2-3 Manchester United

Steve Claridge

BBC 5 live

"That's what Pelle will thrive on - those sort of chances. It was a wonderful finish.

"There's some pressure on this Manchester United team now. I don't know why we have had to wait this long for Southampton to put pressure on the ball so high up the pitch."

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

United are camped deep in their own half and can't get out. Antonio Valencia's clearance just brings more pressure. Saints get a free-kick in a good position...

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

The home crowd roar on support for the home side. Three minutes to find an equaliser. Southampton are putting on the pressure now.

GOAL - Southampton 2-3 Man Utd

Graziano Pelle (86 mins)

Yes, they can get a second goal and now this is nervy for United.

The Southampton players are pumped now, as Sadio Mane swings in a cross from the right which Graziano Pelle rises highest to and bullets a header into the top corner. No chance for David De Gea. Comeback on?

Graziano Pelle scores
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Southampton 1-3 Manchester United

Joe Wedgwood : A rough opening 20 mins but hard to argue against the way LvG has his side drilled...@D_DeGea stunning again!!

Jack Blackburn : God bless Martial. Treating an opponent who's been tackling him all afternoon for cramp. Really like this kid.

Southampton 1-3 Man Utd

Dusan Tadic's free-kick into the box is met well by David De Gea who punches away. Can they get another?

Southampton 1-3 Man Utd

Virgil van Dijk is going to have to soldier on because Southampton have used up their three subs. Not long for the Dutchman to play though, just over five minutes.

Southampton 1-3 Man Utd

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is down on the ground with cramp, but fortunately for him, his foe Anthony Martial is on hand to help out, stretching out his left leg.

Martial can't believe the home side play on, eventually putting the ball out of play.

Anthony Martial
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Southampton 1-3 Man Utd

Dusan Tadic tries to break away with the ball but loses it, which means United get it back and get the ball rolling - literally - again. Have Southampton got anything left in the tank?

Southampton 1-3 Man Utd

Untied comfortable now, such a change from the first half an hour. They'll just want Wayne Rooney to score now to top off the game. Can he?

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Southampton 1-3 Manchester United

Denise Evans : FORTY-FIVE passes for that third United goal. When was the last time that happened in a Prem game? Wowsers

Josh Hammond : seems like a different Mata from the one that was playing against PSV on Tuesday.

Adam Byrne : Rooney is on the way out of United. Pretty soon Van Gaal won't even be able to justify picking him to play.

Southampton 1-3 Man Utd

All the possession for Manchester United... well, a lot of it.

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Southampton 1-3 Man Utd

Smashed over the bar by Memphis Depay. Needed to be a bit cuter, a curler was required. Twelve minutes to go.

YELLOW CARD

Southampton 1-3 Man Utd

Anthony Martial is chopped on the edge of the area by Southampton skipper Jose Fonte, who is booked.

Memphis Depay over it...