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Lukaku Brace Pushes Manchester United Into Top Four
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Lukaku Brace Pushes Manchester United Into Top Four

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Manchester United have reclaimed the fourth position in the Premier League from Arsenal after their 3-2 win over Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday.

A magnificent strike by Anders Pereira and two goals from Romelu Lukaku gave the Red Devils all three points against a Saints side, gave a good account of themselves.

Yan Valery opened the scoring for the visitors when he struck a thunderous strike from 25-yards past David De Gea who could only push the fierce shot into the top corner as Southampton looked to inflict a first Premier League defeat on Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer.

They defended their one-goal lead into the break with the goalkeeper, Gunn making some key stops off Lukaku.

The Reds came out flying in the second half and began to ask more questions of the Southampton defense and it took a spark from Sanchez’s replacement Diogo Dalot to get the host going,

Sanchez was largely ineffective before his injury.

It was the sub who had made a good run before finding Anders Pereira who bent in a curling finish to score his first Premier League goal.

Minutes later, Dalot flashed a shot wide as United began to mount more pressure.

Solskjaer's men would eventually get their reward six minutes after Pereira's equalizer. The Brazilian found Lukaku on the edge of the box after a fine run forward. The Belgian controlled well, opened up his body and placed his right-footed shot into the bottom corner.

Lukaku Brace Pushes Manchester United Into Top Four

As United fans were beginning to celebrate another win, in-form Saints midfielder, James Ward-Prowse stunned the crowd with a delightful free kick 15 minutes from time.

But there was another twist to the script in the dying moments of the game. Lukaku got his second double in a week when he fired another low shot past a helpless Gunn to send the Theatre of dreams into a frenzy.

Pogba had the opportunity to extend United's lead from the spot after Armstrong was deemed to have fouled Rashford in the box. The Frenchman, unlike previous times, decided to play it down the middle but saw his kick saved by the legs of Gunn.

The win takes the Manchester club to 58 points, one more than next weekend's Premier League opposition Arsenal.