Manchester United were booed off as Charlie Austin’s late winner gave Southampton a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.
Austin came from the bench to attain on his debut (87 ) after drawing a needless free-kick from Adnan Januzaj, the United substitute barely 30 seconds into his first appearance since returning from Borussia Dortmund.
The aim sparked a furious response from significant amounts of a home support that were restless throughout, and also the result leaves United five points from the Champions League places.
Saints’ second straight win at United put paid to some five-match unbeaten run that had lifted the pressure on Louis van Gaal, who snapped at renewed press speculation over his position before the overall game and had to endure some supporters having a really vocal say on his future as he made his way through touchine at the conclusion.
And also the Dutchman might now need to revise once and for all a tentative suggestion, made after last week’s win at Liverpool, that United can still play a neighborhood inside the Premier League title race.
Fraser Forster Didn‘t possess a save of note in order to make, clutching one long-range Daley Blind shot to his midriff until the break and watching another from Jesse Lingard skid wide.
And an initial upsurge in urgency after half-time, sparked from the introduction of Juan Mata and encouraged from the crowd, didn‘t yield anything more menacing than a few penalty-box skirmishes.
Instead it was eventually Southampton, who had made and missed the only real chance of the very first half for Sadio Mane, who emerged like the likelier winners as they simply won a succession of set-pieces.
Victor Wanyama headed wide behind post in one while Paddy McNair, on for Matteo Darmian as another United full-back succumbed to injury, denied Shane Long from another.
The decisive free-kick need never happen to be conceded, though. Januzaj was sent on to possess an impact in the last few minutes and a minimum of fulfilled that section of the bargain, clumsy connection with Austin giving Saints’ new striker the excuse he had the need to drop to his knees and claim a choice.
Even then there was no excuse for the shortage of marking that allowed Austin to satisfy James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick using the type of sure finish that persuaded Ronald Koeman to invest £4m on him last week.
Januzaj flashed one final half-chance wide as United belatedly piled men forward, but a point would happen to be scarcely merited.
Charlie Nicholas’s Soccer Saturday verdict Manchester United were really poor. It lacked speed, tempo. The passing was slow, very predictable. I did not hear Manchester United fans vocally in the least until five minutes before half-time and it was eventually an attempt which caused the anger on the faces in the direction of the dugout. Van Gaal bought on Mata for Fellaini, a massive cheer went up. But again they never really threatened.
He is nothing new ; Charlie Austin can guarantee you goals and that is a priceless commodity. They’ve got him for £4m simply since they went and tested water. It is most likely not also a gamble but a tax write-off for some of those clubs, it is early for Charlie but he is rewarded immediately.
This win gathers a great deal of momentum for Southampton, all an abrupt they are beginning to think is top four possible?
Man Utd : De Gea (6 ), Darmian (6 ), Smalling (5 ), Blind (5 ), Borthwick-Jackson (5 ), Lingard (6 ), Fellaini (5 ), Schneiderlin (6 ), Herrera (5 ), Martial (4 ), Rooney (5 )
Subs used : Mata (5 ), McNair (6 ), Januzaj (4 )
Southampton : Forster (6 ), Cedric (6 ), Fonte (7 ), Van Dijk (6 ), Bertrand (7 ), Clasie (7 ), Wanyama (7 ), Targett (6 ), Tadic (5 ), Mane (6 ), Long (7 )
Subs used : Romeu (6 ), Ward-Prose (7 ), Austin (8 )
Man from the match : Charlie Austin