David Moyes’s reign as Manchester United boss suffered another early setback as Adam Lallana scored a late equalizer to cancel out Robin van Persie’s first-half strike and deny the home side victory at Old Trafford.
The result means that United have won just three of their first eight Premier League matches in Moyes’s first season in charge and now lay eight points behind leaders Arsenal. United now must pick themselves up from this latest disappointment before hosting Real Sociedad in the Champions League in midweek. In contrast, for Southampton it was a continuation of their fine start to their campaign that sees them still in fourth spot in the league standings.
Entering the match, Southampton had conceded just two goals in the league, but their defense was breached after 26 minutes at Old Trafford. At that stage it all looked positive for United, with Adnan Januzaj, on the back of signing a new long-term contract for the club, again showing his exciting potential.
It was an exquisite pass from the attacking midfielder that got Wayne Rooney in behind the Southampton defense. Although Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc was quick off his line to deny the England man, Van Persie pounced before producing a fine finish to evade a covering defender on the line.
Still, it would be hard to say that Southampton didn’t deserve something from the match having had the majority of possession and also tested the opposition goalkeeper more often. But relinquishing a lead in the final two minutes will be doubly frustrating for Moyes. United’s defending from a right-wing corner left a lot to be desired, first allowing Dejan Lovren to aim an effort toward goal and then for Lallana to get a finishing touch on the line.