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Sep 23, 2017 at 3pm UK at St Mary's Stadium
Attendance: 31,930
Southampton
0-1
Man UtdManchester United
FT(HT: 0-1)
Lukaku (20')

Result: Romelu Lukaku helps Manchester United see off Southampton

Romelu Lukaku's first-half goal helps Manchester United claim a narrow 1-0 victory against Southampton in Saturday's Premier League encounter at St Mary's Stadium.

Manchester United have claimed a narrow 1-0 victory against Southampton in Saturday's Premier League encounter at St Mary's Stadium.

Romelu Lukaku scores the opener during the Premier League game between Southampton and Manchester United on September 23, 2017© Offside

The visitors were quickest out of the starting blocks, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan picking up a loose ball outside the Saints box and rifling goalwards eight minutes in, but Fraser Forster was able to save.

Romelu Lukaku broke the deadlock in the 20th minute of the match as he fired home on the rebound after his initial header from Ashley Young's cross was kept out by Forster.

Marcus Rashford then curled a free kick inches wide from 25 yards out later in the half, but United did not add to their goal tally come the break.

Saints then came out fighting in the second period, with Oriol Romeu rifling wide from six yards in the 53rd minute under pressure from Phil Jones.

Marouane Fellaini and Mario Lemina in action during the Premier League game between Southampton and Manchester United on September 23, 2017© Offside

Forster then saved with his feet from Lukaku's low effort, before Marouane Fellaini cleared off the line from Romeu's header as Southampton went up the gears.

Substitute Ander Herrera fired over the Saints' bar while Romeu slid the ball just wide from an angle, with United forced to defend stoutly in injury time to hang on to all three points.

Mourinho was sent off by referee Craig Pawson deep in stoppage time for venturing onto the field of play, the Portuguese coach calmly shaking hands with the Saints coaches before heading down the tunnel.

The result maintains United's unbeaten start to their league campaign, although Manchester City's 5-0 win over Crystal Palace keeps the Red Devils off the top of the table in second place.

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