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SOUTHAMPTON v MAN UTD RECAP: Martial double gives Saints a Red Devil of a day

Manchester United came from behind to beat Southampton 3-2 on Sunday.

The Red Devils conceded in the 13th minute when Graziano Pelle fired home but a double from new arrival Anthony Martial either side of the break and a clinical finish from Juan Mata gave the visitors a 3-1 lead at St Mary's.

Belle headed home Sadio Mane's cross late to pull one back for Ronald Koeman's men but Louis van Gaal won the battle of the Dutch tacticians on England's south coast.

The win has United sitting second behind crosstown rivals Manchester City by two points while the Saints occupy 16th having recorded just six points their six outings.


Southampton: 2 (Graziano Pelle 13'/86')
Manchester United: 3 (Anthony Martial 34'/50', Juan Mata 68')
St Mary's Stadium, Southampton - 31,588


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Southampton travel to Milton Keynes to meet the MK Dons in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday before their home clash with Swansea City on the weekend. United welcome Ipswich Town to Old Trafford in the cup prior to Sunderland's trip to the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday.



Southampton's Koeman on his side's defeat after leading:

"I'm disappointed because in my opinion we lost by ourselves. We did a lot of good things.

“There were several moments in the game where you put the pressure on them. We saw the weaknesses of Manchester United today, defensively."

Man Utd's van Gaal on Martial who now has three goals in two Premier League outings:

"He needs to adapt to the English culture, he is doing great - three matches in a row and three goals.

That is the most important thing, that as a striker he scores goals. He can improve I think but he has a high level of talent."

*Thanks to Opta


Goals - Graziano Pelle 4
Assists - Sadio Mane 3
Clean sheets - Maarten Stekelenburg 3
Yellow cards - Jose Fonte, Steven Davis, Graziano Pelle 2

Goals - Anthony Martial 3
Assists - Luke Shaw, Ashley Young 1
Clean sheets - Sergio Romero 3
Yellow cards - Matteo Darmian 3

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