Jannik Vestergaard’s towering header gave 10-man Southampton a point after another moment of magic from Manchester United new boy Daniel James looked to have put them on course for victory at St Mary’s.

James scored his third goal in four appearances with a fierce, rising right-foot drive after only 10 minutes, and the 21-year-old Wales attacker was the biggest threat for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Saints, however, gained momentum in the second half as a disappointing United side grew increasingly sloppy, and Vestergaard capped a spell of pressure with the equaliser just before the hour.

Che Adams had blazed wide of an open goal and had saved superbly from Danny Ings before the giant figure of Vestergaard rose to meet Kevin Danso’s fine cross.

It proved the high point of Danso’s afternoon as he was then sent off for a crude lunge at Scott McTominay when he was already on a yellow card, leaving referee Mike Dean with an easy decision.

United, predictably, laid siege to Southampton’s goal in the closing stages but were kept out as keeper Angus Gunn saved superbly from Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, while both Jesse Lingaard and Ashley Young were just off target.

It leaves the Old Trafford side with only one win from four league games, the opening-day win against Chelsea being followed by draws here and at Wolves and that home defeat by .

Few tears were shed when Manchester United said their farewells to expensive attacking failures Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, departed for Inter Milan permanently and on loan respectively.

It was ironic, then, that a lack of killer touch by those left behind saw United leave St Mary’s with just a point after taking charge of most of the first half and mounting an assault on Southampton’s goal following Danso’s dismissal.

James mixed the dangerous and the erratic after his brilliant goal but looks a real talent, with pace to burn and end product – the same could not be said for the disappointing Rashford.

Solskjaer will rightly point to the late heroics of Gunn and several other near misses but their chance of victory suffered its biggest blow when they lost any semblance of control early in the second half and allowed the hosts, always determined under , back into the game, culminating in Vestergaard’s header.

Juan Mata had little iuence, while Paul Pogba produced the sort of display that frustrates so many, conceding possession countless times and his efforts paling in comparison to those of the likes of James and McTominay.

United’s recent record is dismal, reading just two wins in their past 13 games and with no away victories since Paris St-Germain were beaten in the in March.

There is plenty for Solskjaer to ponder – and work on.

Hasenhuttl joy as Saints show fight

Saints boss Hasenhuttl’s reaction at the final whistle showed exactly what this point meant to him and his side.

The Austrian punched the air in delight, hugged counterpart Solskjaer then delivered a few more clenched-fist salutes before making his way around the pitch taking the adulation of the home fans.

It may only have been a draw but his delight was understandable. Hasenhuttl must have feared the worst when Danso’s reckless lunge at McTominay left his side at a numerical disadvantage and at United’s mercy.

Goalkeeper Gunn played his part, while bravery and last-ditch defending answered other emergency calls. It was exactly what Southampton’s manager and supporters wanted to see.

It also means Saints can look back at a good week, with a win away at Brighton, victory at Fulham in the Carabao Cup and a creditable draw here after opening with defeats at Burnley and at home to .

More to follow.

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 28Gunn
  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 35Bednarek
  • 4Vestergaard
  • 38DansoBooked at 73mins
  • 14Romeu
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 19BoufalSubstituted forArmstrongat 71′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forLongat 62′minutes
  • 9IngsSubstituted forYoshidaat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McCarthy
  • 3Yoshida
  • 5Stephens
  • 7Long
  • 17Armstrong
  • 40N’Lundulu
  • 43Valery

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5MaguireBooked at 40mins
  • 18YoungBooked at 90mins
  • 6Pogba
  • 39McTominaySubstituted forGreenwoodat 82′minutes
  • 15PereiraSubstituted forLingardat 68′minutes
  • 8MataSubstituted forMaticat 68′minutes
  • 21James
  • 10Rashford

Substitutes

  • 14Lingard
  • 16Rojo
  • 22Romero
  • 26Greenwood
  • 31Matic
  • 38Tuanzebe
  • 44Chong
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
30,499

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home10
Away21
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 1, Manchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Manchester United 1.

Booking

Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Southampton).

Foul by Daniel James (Manchester United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Ashley Young (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match because of an injury Cédric Soares (Southampton).

Hand ball by (Manchester United).

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jan Bednarek.

Attempt missed. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel James.

Attempt saved. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Maguire.

Attempt missed. (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Attempt blocked. Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Attempt blocked. (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Young.

Attempt saved. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Mason Greenwood replaces Scott McTominay.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Maya Yoshida replaces Danny Ings.

Attempt missed. Daniel James (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Daniel James (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Kevin Danso (Southampton) for a bad foul.

Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kevin Danso (Southampton).

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Stuart Armstrong replaces Sofiane Boufal.

Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

Attempt missed. Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by .

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Nemanja Matic replaces Juan Mata.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. replaces Andreas Pereira.

Attempt missed. (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Pogba with a through ball.

goal

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