Half-Time Report: Wayne Rooney double puts Manchester United ahead

Manchester United come from behind to lead Southampton 2-1 at half time in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have come from behind to lead Southampton 2-1 at half time in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Jay Rodriguez put the Saints in front early on, but two goals from Wayne Rooney have given United the advantage.

Saints forward Jay Rodriguez celebrates his strike against Man Utd on January 30, 2013© PA Photos

The visitors took the lead in comical circumstances with only three minutes on the clock thanks to Rodriguez.

A misplaced back pass from Michael Carrick forced goalkeeper David de Gea to come off his line, but the Spaniard missed the ball as he attempted to clear, allowing Rodriguez to tap into an empty net.

However, United were level just three minutes later thanks to Wayne Rooney's 100th goal at Old Trafford.

The striker stroked the ball past Artur Boruc following a clever assist from Shinji Kagawa.

United's Wayne Rooney celebrates equalising against Southampton on January 30, 2013© AP Photos

Kagawa then came within inches of putting United ahead when his shot on the angle came back off the post.

The hosts finally got themselves in front on half an hour as Rooney converted from close range after Patrice Evra had headed Robin van Persie's free kick back across goal.

United ended the first 45 camped in the Southampton half, but they were unable to add to their tally despite chances for Van Persie and Danny Welbeck.

Wayne Rooney taps in United's second against Southampton on January 30, 2013
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