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Southampton 0-1 Manchester United: Fernandes goal separates two sides

It was a spirited effort in the blazing sun, but not to be today.

Southampton FC v Manchester United - Premier League Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Southampton could not overcome Bruno Fernandes’ second-half goal in a 1-0 Premier League loss to Manchester United on Saturday.

Fernandes finished off a smart team goal on 55 minutes that saw the Portuguese international volley in Diogo Dalot’s fizzing cross with a right foot into the bottom corner.

With Saints again looking to complete a comeback for a second-straight league match, Joe Aribo forced David de Gea into a point-blank save from a header.

Sekou Mara was denied from a sensational overhead kick, but Dalot, who was instrumental in United’s goal, cleared the ball off the line in added time.

Southampton thought they should’ve been awarded a penalty in the 60th minute when the ball struck Scott McTominay multiple times whilst in a battle with Che Adams.

The full-time whistle, meanwhile, gave United back-to-back wins for the first time since February.

Southampton (4-2-3-1): Bazunu; Djenepo (Perraud 89), Salisu, Bella-Kotchap, Walker-Peters; Lavia, Ward-Prowse; Elyounoussi (S. Armstrong 63), Aribo (Lyanco 89), A. Armstrong (Mara 77); Adams

Unused subs: McCarthy (GK), Diallo, Romeu, Bednarek, Valery

Goals: None

Bookings: None

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): de Gea; Malacia, Martinez, Varane, Dalot; Eriksen, McTominay; Sancho (Ronaldo 68), Fernandes, Elanga (Casemiro 80), Rashford

Unused subs: Heaton (GK), van de Beek, Maguire, Garancho, Fred, Wan-Bissaka, Shaw

Goals: Fernandes (55)

Bookings: Dalot (50), McTominay (83), Fred (90+6)