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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Manchester United fight back from two goals down to claim draw at Southampton

Lukaku and Herrera score on another frustrating outing that is sure to put more pressure on Mourinho

Romelu Lukaku scored his first Manchester United goal since September 15 but could not guide his team to victory against Southampton. AP Photo
Romelu Lukaku scored his first Manchester United goal since September 15 but could not guide his team to victory against Southampton. AP Photo

Manchester United recovered from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw at Southampton, although one point from a trip to the Premier League strugglers represents another frustrating outing for Jose Mourinho and his side.

Southampton, who entered the match in 19th place, found themselves 2-0 ahead inside the opening 20 minutes after goals from Stuart Armstrong and Cedric Soares.

Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for United in the 33rd minute - his first United goal since September 15 - before Ander Herrera scored the equaliser six minutes later.

The remainder of the match proved an even affair, with both sides fashioning decent chances without really threatening either goalkeeper.

The result leaves United even further adrift of league leaders Manchester City - the gap between the two rivals extended to 16 points after City's earlier 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

Southampton climb one place to 18th, above Burnley on goal difference.