- SunSport Reporters
- 13 Jul 2020, 23:00
- Updated: 13 Jul 2020, 23:05
MANCHESTER UNITED were denied in injury time as they were held 2-2 by Southampton at Old Trafford.
Following the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling, United must finish in the top four to earn a spot among Europe's elite - and a win over the Saints will allow them to leapfrog Leicester into fourth.
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MAN UTD 2-2 SOUTHAMPTON
Obafemi rescued a point for Saints in the 96th minute after Obafemi got on the end of a James Ward-Prowse corner.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were set to leapfrog Leicester into third spot.
A bitter pill to swallow for the Red Devils.
That's the end of the first half and it's United who lead.
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MAN UTD 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON
And just like that United are in front!
Martial's top corner finish leaves Solskjaer's side in the driving seat.
MAN UTD 1-1 SOUTHAMPTON
Well that didn't take long!
Just after a goal disallowed for offside, Marcus Rashford has put the Red Devils back on level terms.
MAN UTD 0-1 SOUTHAMPTON
Well this wasn't in the script!
Stuart Armstrong has fired the Saints ahead!
The Scottish international fired the ball past David De Gea from eight yards out.
HAND OF GOD
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knew he had signed the perfect player in Bruno Fernandes when he shook the hands of every member of staff after joining the club.
The Norwegian told the High Performance Podcast: “It was off the field as well as in training.
“He demands off me. He demands off his team-mates. The first day he was in the club, he shook everyone's hand.
“He didn’t come in here thinking, 'I'm the big shot.' No, he shook absolutely every staff members’ hand.
“And, of course, this is a family – Man United – we've always been a family, and Sir Alex (Ferguson), the way he's created this atmosphere in this dressing room, in this training ground, I think it’s unique.”
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ON THE RUN
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo will definitely stay in Turin this summer, according to reports.
There had been faint rumblings of a potential move away for CR7, with Marseille's prospective new owner admitting that he “dreams” of signing the Portuguese legend.
Ronaldo himself has also shown signs of frustration with Maurizio Sarri, having visibly rolled his eyes following his manager's instructions during a recent match against Torino.
But according to Tuttosport, the 35-year-old remains fully committed to achieving his goals and winning more trophies in Italy with Juventus.
Since swapping Real Madrid for life in Serie A back in 2018, Ronaldo has scooped a league title and a Supercoppa Italiana for his troubles.
And he looks likely to add another Scudetto this time around – with his side now eight points clear of Lazio with six matches remaining.
PHIL ME IN
Phil Jones is reportedly being lined up for a shock Serie A switch this summer.
The Athletic claims Manchester United’s pariah centre-back, 28, could end up plying his trade in Italy following Chris Smalling’s success at Roma.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred partnership has been Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, with Eric Bailly playing back-up.
Axel Tuanzebe is also being tipped for a chance next season, while United continue to be linked with a new defender.
That means Jones could now be handed a fresh start in Italy thanks to former teammate Smalling’s success in the capital with Roma.
And Roma are ready to make Smalling’s deal permanent, leading to a surge of interest in English outcasts from cash-strapped Serie A sides.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he had to get Cristiano Ronaldo's number off Patrice Evra before quizzing him on Bruno Fernandes.
The Norwegian was trying to get Juventus star Ronaldo's thoughts on compatriot Fernandes, before the Red Devils signed him from Sporting Lisbon in January.
Solskjaer explained on the High Performance podcast: “So obviously Cristiano was an easy goal for me that I managed to get through.
“Through Patrice Evra, I managed to get hold of Cristiano and his recommendation obviously stood him [Fernandes] in good stead.”
The money paid for Fernandes must seem like an absolute bargain by United chiefs after his dominant displays in the Premier League.
The former Sporting skipper has hit the ground running, bagging seven league goals and six assists in just ten league appearances.
Solskjaer in programme notes: 'We've shown enough in recent months to prove we are now a very decent team with an awful lot of ability and character. Our form has put is in a very good position and I have to say I'm thrilled by the professionalism of the lads.' #mufc
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NOT KIDDING OURSELVES
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes “one or two” young players could be promoted from Manchester United's academy for next season.
The Red Devils have enjoyed great success in bringing Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams into the senior side this campaign.
Solskjaer feels as though his current United squad, on a spell of five-straight wins, is close to completion but could benefit from a fresh injection of youth.
He told reporters: “We just have to focus. I don't think one second if any other team is worried about us, we have to worry about ourselves.
“If we keep on improving and building an environment in the training ground and keep building on the culture, add one or two youngsters, maybe add players who can challenge those who we have got here.
“Of course it's exciting, but we can't think that far. You don't really have the time or focus.”
BEND IT LIKE
David Beckham has admitted taking free kicks in his back garden gives him pain the next day.
The former England captain and Manchester United star posted on Instagram: “This is gonna hurt in the morning… but so so worth it for top corner .”View this post on Instagram
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Sir Alex Ferguson has lost a battle to stop his neighbours building a three-storey mansion next to his home.
The legendary Manchester United manager, 78, lives with his wife Cathy in a £2.3million house in Cheshire.
His neighbours submitted proposals to demolish their two-storey home and replace it with a bigger one.
Fergie lodged an objection to the planning application which claimed the property would be too near to his land.
But it was now been reported that Cheshire East Council have given the plans for the house the go-head.
A planning report said: “There would be no undue loss of light or overbearing effect on nearby residential properties.”
HE WANTS MEDALS
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted David De Gea is worried he will have a black mark against his career if the club don't win more trophies.
The United boss said: “I don't think he will be happy until he wins the bigger trophies.
“Yes, he's won personal awards but David is not the type to care about that. I think he wants the team to lift big as well.
“Staying at Manchester United for this amount of time and not having won more is something he will feel is a black dot in his career.”
RICE IS HOT FOR DEVILS
West Ham's Declan Rice has become one of Manchester United’s top summer targets after impressing Sir Alex Ferguson, according to reports.
Chelsea are also known to be interested in the midfielder, who can also play in defence.
According to Football Insider, Solskjaer has tasked scouts with intensifying their analysis of Rice, 21, and would want him as a holding midfielder.
It would add more competition in that area of the pitch with Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Fred all able to play the deep-lying role at Old Trafford.
Reports last week suggested Lampard would want to turn Rice into a defender if the Blues go ahead and sign the West Ham star this summer.
LOSS OF EARNINGS
Premier League clubs are set to lose out on some big money by the end of this season with no fans in the stadiums.
Here is how the losses break down for every club.
KEEN ON DEAN
Chelsea have asked Manchester United to name their price for Dean Henderson – with Frank Lampard also eyeing Ajax's Andre Onana.
The Blues chief has finally run out of patience with £71.6million man Kepa Arrizabalaga after a turbulent second season in England.
Lampard hopes to make red-hot Sheff Utd loanee Henderson his new No1.
The Man Utd ace, 23, has kept 12 clean sheets in 32 Premier League games this season – including during the Blades' 3-0 win over Chelsea at the weekend.
But the West Londoners won't get him cheaply – with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to be a big fan of Henderson.
And with David De Gea suffering a difficult season between the sticks at Old Trafford, there is talk the Norwegian could hand the young England star the starting spot.
CLEAR YOUR LINES
United have the second-worst defensive record from set pieces in the Premier League.
Only Arsenal have conceded more from set pieces, as the Gunners showed in their defeat to rivals Spurs yesterday.
Take away set pieces and United have conceded the same number of goals from open play as champions Liverpool.
Manchester United are closing the gap on their rivals ahead of a huge title race next season – according to the bookies.
With Manchester City favourites to regain the Premier League trophy in 2020/21, the Red Devils' odds of glory have shortened considerably in recent weeks.
Ladbrokes now have United as 8/1 third favourites for the title.
Before football's restart, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men were stuck at 12/1 alongside Chelsea.
Since action got back underway, the difference between the top-four rivals has been stark.
United have gone unbeaten with five wins from six games, smashing 18 goals thanks to the rise of Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood.
EYES ON MASE
Southampton defender Jack Stephens has singled out Mason Greenwood as a United player the Saints need to look out for tonight.
The 26-year-old said: “Like any of our opposition’s players, we will always look at clips before the game to see who we are up against and to assess their strengths and weaknesses,” he said.
“Greenwood will be no different.
“We’ll look at him and we’ll look at the rest of their players and see where we can go.
“They have had some really good results since the break but then they’ve got some brilliant players, so they are always likely to pick up results.
“On their day they can beat anyone in this league and we know we have to go there with the right attitude and the right mindset.”