Lukaku shines again as Man United rally to beat Southampton

Romelu Lukaku shined for Manchester United as they beat Southampton in their Premier League match at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Romelu Lukaku shined for Manchester United as they beat Southampton in their Premier League match at Old Trafford on Saturday.
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Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku continued his rich vein of form by scoring two goals, including a late winner, to give his side a comeback 3-2 home win over Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.

It took the Belgian's tally to four goals in two games after he netted a brace in Wednesday's 3-1 win at Crystal Palace, with playmaker Andreas Pereira grabbing the other for the hosts in a rip-roaring clash at Old Trafford.

Southampton took the lead against the run of play in the 26th minute when 20-year-old French wing-back Yan Valerie unleashed a thunderbolt from 25 metres which beat United's stunned keeper David De Gea at the near post.

Having missed a host of first-half chances, the home side equalised in the 53rd minute as the lively Pereira teed himself up for a long-range shot and curled it brilliantly past Saints keeper Angus Gunn.

Six minutes later, Pereira released Lukaku with fine footwork and the striker side-stepped a defender before he drilled a low shot with his weaker right foot into the bottom left corner of the net.

James Ward-Prowse appeared to have snatched a point for the Saints with a stunning free kick from 25 metres before Lukaku powered in another right-foot shot in the 89th minute and Paul Pogba missed a stoppage-time penalty for United who climbed to fourth in the table, one point ahead of Arsenal. (Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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