Manchester United threw away a glorious chance to close the gap on second placed Manchester City after Southampton picked up their first league victory at Old Trafford in 27 years to move up to third in the Premier League.
In a cagey and tactically tight match, Louis van Gaal’s side failed to record a single shot on target as their 10-match unbeaten league run was ended.
United dominated possession in the whole game but Dusan Tadic scored the only goal of the game when he tapped in calmly from 12 yards after Graziano Pelle’s effort had come back off the near post.
Much as the Reds improved after they conceded, Juan Mata still missed two good chances from Daley Blinds in swingers.
It is the first time United have been beaten at home since their opening day reverse against Swansea and reaffirms Southampton’s top-four credentials, as Ronald Koeman’s side backed up their home win against Arsenal with another three points.
The visitors had not won at Old Trafford in the top tier since January 1988 – a run stretching back 19 games – and this result was built on a 10th clean sheet in 21 games.
United are now only a point ahead of Arsenal who beat Stoke 3-0 in the early kickoff on Sunday in a game that had new signing Alexis Sanchez score twice.
Chelsea took advantage of Manchester Cities against Everton slip to extend the gap at the top to two points after beating Newcastle 2-0 at Stanford Bridge.
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