Southampton 1-2 Manchester United: Van Persie brace against the Saints seals fifth consecutive league victory

Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie scored twice as the Red Devils earned a vital win against a dominant Southampton side to go third in the table, reports BBC Sport.

Despite being somewhat on the back foot, United took the lead early into the first-half through Van Persie. The Dutch international capitalised on a poor backpass by Saints defender Jose Fonte to put the visitors ahead.

But Southampton fought their way back into the game through Graziano Pelle. The Italian striker equalised just after the half hour mark as the home side dominated proceedings.

In the second-half, it was one-way traffic, with Ronald Koeman’s side having the lion’s share of chances, but failing to break the deadlock. They were eventfully punished for their profligacy, with Van Persie scoring from close range after connecting with a Wayne Rooney free-kick.

The results sees United go third in the table, while Southampton end the day in fifth.

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