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Manchester United 2 Southampton 1, Old Trafford, English Premier League, January 30, 2013. According to Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United were fortunate to gain all three points against a hard working Southampton side at Old Trafford. The table toppers came from behind to win the match by 2-1 thanks to two goals from Wayne Rooney in the first half.
After beating Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup Fourth Round four days earlier, Manchester United entertained relegation threatened Southampton at The Theatre of Dreams in the Premier League. The South Coasters established an early lead through a goal from former England U21 international Jay Rodriguez in the third minute of the game, but Manchester United responded with two goals from Wayne Rooney in the eighth and twenty-seventh minutes respectively. The Old Trafford side now had fifty-nine points to second positioned Manchester City’s fifty-two and third placed Chelsea´s forty-six after twenty-four matches played. Sir Alex Ferguson: “We lost an early goal in the first half, but it did not deter us from playing some fantastic football and we could have been four or five up at the break, but once the pitch started to dry out, the players found it difficult to play a different way, and it really required us to play the ball into the gaps, which we do not normally do.” Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Danny Welbeck, Michael Carrick, Oliveira Anderson, Shinji Kagawa, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie. Substitutes: Rafael da Silva, Rio Ferdinand, Luis Nani, Alexander Buttner, Antonio Valencia, Tom Cleverley, Anders Lindegaard. Southampton Team: Artur Boruc, Nathaniel Clyne, Maya Yoshida, Daniel Fox, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jos Hooiveld, Jack Cork, Gaston Ramirez, Jay Rodriguez, Jason Puncheon, Rickie Lambert. Substitutes: Adam Lallana, Steven Davis, Luke Shaw, Richard Chaplow, Tadanari Lee, Frazer Richardson.
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On the 10th of September 1998, Manchester United Football Club PLC launched their own television channel, Manchester United Television, in cooperation with BSkyB and Granada Media Group.