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Adam Lallana takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.
Headed effort from inside the area by Jay Rodriguez misses to the left of the goal.
Adam Lallana crosses the ball, Danny Welbeck makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Luke Shaw.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva by Adam Lallana. Free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Cork. Free kick taken by Jos Hooiveld.
Rickie Lambert takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in. Shot from just outside the box by Morgan Schneiderlin goes over the target.
Rafael Da Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Lallana. Booking for Rafael Da Silva for unsporting behaviour. Adam Lallana restarts play with the free kick.
Wayne Rooney takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Jay Rodriguez manages to make a clearance.
Patrice Evra fouled by Jack Cork, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
Luke Shaw comes on in place of Daniel Fox.
Nemanja Vidic concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Rodriguez. Nemanja Vidic is booked. Rickie Lambert fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by David De Gea.
The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, Robin van Persie takes a shot. Brilliant save by Artur Boruc. Wayne Rooney delivers the ball. The assistant referee signals for offside against Robin van Persie. Artur Boruc takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by Patrice Evra.
The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra, clearance made by Maya Yoshida.
Luis Nani comes on in place of Shinji Kagawa.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Daniel Fox, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Nathaniel Clyne, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Artur Boruc.
Morgan Schneiderlin produces a cross, Rafael Da Silva makes a clearance.
Robin van Persie sends in a cross, clearance made by Jos Hooiveld.
(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Rafael Da Silva coming on for Oliveira Anderson.
Shot from just outside the area by Jay Rodriguez goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Robin van Persie on Maya Yoshida. Direct free kick taken by Maya Yoshida.
Foul by Nathaniel Clyne on Patrice Evra, free kick awarded. Chris Smalling leaves the field to be replaced by Rio Ferdinand. Direct free kick taken by David De Gea.
Morgan Schneiderlin takes a shot. Oliveira Anderson gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox, clearance made by Wayne Rooney. Header on goal by Steven Davis from just inside the area goes over the target.
Michael Carrick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Lallana. Strike on goal comes in from Rickie Lambert from the free kick, save by David De Gea.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert takes a shot. Steven Davis has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Jay Rodriguez crosses the ball, Patrice Evra gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken by Morgan Schneiderlin, clearance by Danny Welbeck.
Danny Welbeck challenges Maya Yoshida unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jos Hooiveld takes the direct free kick.
Shinji Kagawa crosses the ball, Jos Hooiveld manages to make a clearance.
Rickie Lambert takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox to the near post, Maya Yoshida takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.
Jay Rodriguez concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Oliveira Anderson takes the free kick.
Robin van Persie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Artur Boruc takes the free kick.
Rickie Lambert takes a shot. Save made by David De Gea.
Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Adam Lallana, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
Steven Davis replaces Jason Puncheon. Adam Lallana on for Gaston Ramirez.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Morgan Schneiderlin on Phil Jones. Morgan Schneiderlin booked for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robin van Persie.
Shinji Kagawa fouled by Nathaniel Clyne, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox.
Unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic by Gaston Ramirez results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Artur Boruc.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Artur Boruc makes a save.
The ball is swung over by Gaston Ramirez, Phil Jones manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Robin van Persie, Jos Hooiveld manages to make a clearance.
Jason Puncheon handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by David De Gea.
Robin van Persie challenges Nathaniel Clyne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nathaniel Clyne restarts play with the free kick.
Jack Cork challenges Patrice Evra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shinji Kagawa takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morgan Schneiderlin from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Rickie Lambert goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Carrick.
Effort on goal by Robin van Persie from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Rickie Lambert fouled by Nemanja Vidic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Morgan Schneiderlin.
Effort from the edge of the area by Patrice Evra goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The ball is delivered by Phil Jones, clearance by Jos Hooiveld.
Jay Rodriguez concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Jones. The ball is sent over by Robin van Persie, A goal is scored by Wayne Rooney from close in low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 2-1 Southampton.Assist on the goal came from Patrice Evra.
Wayne Rooney crosses the ball, Artur Boruc makes a save.
Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, Artur Boruc makes a save.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Blocked by Maya Yoshida.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney, Maya Yoshida makes a clearance.
Robin van Persie crosses the ball, clearance by Jos Hooiveld.
Gaston Ramirez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Smalling takes the indirect free kick.
Jason Puncheon fouled by Nemanja Vidic, the ref awards a free kick. Gaston Ramirez produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Foul by Jay Rodriguez on Phil Jones, free kick awarded. Robin van Persie delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
Jack Cork takes a shot. Blocked by Robin van Persie.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gaston Ramirez from the right by-line, clearance by Wayne Rooney.
Michael Carrick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gaston Ramirez. Rickie Lambert produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Danny Welbeck gets a block in.
Shinji Kagawa is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jason Puncheon takes the free kick.
Phil Jones produces a cross, Shinji Kagawa produces a left-footed shot from close in and hits the post.
Wayne Rooney scores a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-1 Southampton.Shinji Kagawa provided the assist for the goal.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney played to the near post, Header from deep inside the area by Chris Smalling goes over the bar.
Southampton clash is sole focus for Giggs
Ryan Giggs insists Manchester United will not allow thoughts of Real Madrid to cloud their Barclays Premier League title assault.
It is now just a fortnight until United head to Spain for a summit meeting with Jose Mourinho and a reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo to scrap it out for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The two-legged confrontation has captured the imagination of supporters worldwide, pitting arguably football's two most famous club sides in direct confrontation, even without the individual personalities involved.
However, Giggs is acutely aware three key Premier League engagements must be navigated first, starting with the Old Trafford encounter with Southampton.
And he knows the glamour of a night out at the Bernabeu must not be allowed to affect United's focus.
"We're not thinking about Madrid," said Giggs.
"Everyone was excited when the draw was made but you can't look too far ahead.
"You want to perform in games like that and be in good form going into them. That is what we intend to do and the best way of achieving that is to concentrate on the opponents immediately ahead."
As someone who has played a professional career now approaching its 22nd year under the guidance of one man, Giggs is not the most obvious person to ask about the upheaval at St Mary's following Nigel Adkins' recent dismissal.
Yet Giggs would have to exist in a bubble not to appreciate the wacky world football has become, and some of the seemingly strange decisions that are made in the name of progress.
And, as someone keen on entering the management game when his stellar playing career finally reaches its conclusion, the 39-year-old knows the pressures that come with being a top-flight boss.
More than that, Giggs realises players tend to be an expedient bunch on the whole.
"Players just get on with it," he said.
"Everyone was shocked when Nigel Adkins went, but ultimately players have got a job to do.
"The new manager (Mauricio Pochettino) will put his ideas across and players will just get on with it."
Striker Robin van Persie, who sat out Saturday's FA Cup win over Fulham, will return as he looks for a new personal landmark of scoring in six consecutive league matches.
In addition central defensive duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are also set to be recalled as United defend their record of never losing to the Saints in a league match at Old Trafford since 1988.
Meanwhile, Pochettino maintains his new philosophy for taking Southampton forward must build on the hard work of Adkins, and not look to just simply erase it from the club's memory.
Despite guiding the Saints to back-to-back promotions and keeping them clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone following a battling 2-2 draw at Chelsea, Adkins was unceremoniously axed and replaced by Argentinian Pochettino as the south-coast club sought a change of direction.
Southampton's executive chairman Nicola Cortese has defended the controversial sacking of Adkins, describing the timing as "perfect".
Nevertheless, the club came in for criticism after Adkins' name and photo were not included in the matchday programme for last Monday night's goalless draw with Everton at St Mary's.
Former Espanyol coach Pochettino used the break in domestic action to take the group away to a short training camp in Spain which he believes has helped the players and new staff to bond.
While Pochettino is determined to stamp his own mark on the team, the Argentinian remains conscious of what the squad had achieved before his arrival.
"We have our own work ethic and our own philosophy as to where we want to take the club," he said. "We have goals and ambition, we want to work for the team to achieve those goals.
"However, that does not mean we want to be anything contrary to what was being done before, it is not about that.
"It is more about our philosophy, how we want to take the team forward and how we want to achieve those goals."
With defender Jose Fonte still missing through injury, new signing Vegard Forren could make his debut at Old Trafford after joining from Norwegian side Molde.
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