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World Boxing Super Series: An unmissable semi-final line-up that proves real unification fights can happen

World Boxing Super Series: An unmissable semi-final line-up that proves real unification fights can happen

World Boxing Super Series: An unmissable semi-final line-up that proves real unification fights can happen

World Boxing Super Series: An unmissable semi-final line-up that proves real unification fights can happen

Southampton 1 Tottenham 1: Harry Kane's 99th Premier League goal not enough for flu-affected Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur were laid low by a flu virus and then caught a cold as they were held to a draw by relegation-threatened Southampton despite Harry Kane moving to within one goal of his Premier League century. It was a frustrating result that means Spurs could fall five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp’s side win away to Swansea City on Monday evening, putting them in very real danger of missing out on Champions League qualification. The score-line does not, truly, help Southampton either as they remain in the bottom three and a point behind 17th place Stoke City. But they showed enough fight – and went agonisingly close to winning – to probably help manager Mauricio Pellegrino survive. At least a little longer. Afterwards Spurs midfielder Eric Dier claimed the race for the top four will “go down to the wire” but with his side’s next three league opponents being Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal these were points they could not afford to drop. And neither were they expected to. The Spurs squad were in Barcelona for warm weather training last week with captain Hugo Lloris and play-maker Christian Eriksen ruled out of this fixture because they were suffering from flu. Other players were affected and although manager Mauricio Pochettino later refused to say who, and stated it had not affected the performance, they were collectively below-par in a rain-sodden “battle” of an encounter. Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Kane, though, had the chance late on to claim his 100th league goal, and the headlines once again, but dragged his low shot across goal and wide from a tight angle. A defeat would have been extremely tough on Southampton who had chances of their own and moments before Kane’s effort there was an even clearer opportunity for 17-year-old substitute Michael Obafemi, who had come on to make his debut, but who miscued badly in front of goal after meeting a Dusan Tadic cross. That again highlighted Southampton’s weakness up front and Pellegrino is desperately hoping that reinforcements will soon arrive, using the money brought in by the £75million sale of Virgil Van Dijk, and moves are being made for the £50million pair of Monaco’s Guido Carrillo and Spartak Moscow Quincy Promes. But the club’s hierarchy will also know that they have lost nine points now from leading positions at home - and that is more than any other other Premier League team. Damningly it is 11 league games without a win. Kane's equaliser was his 99th Premier League goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Southampton were gifted the lead here, making a slick start which was capped when captain Ryan Bertrand overlapped down the left to collect Tadic’s measured pass and crossed low into the penalty area. The ball had already ricocheted around the Spurs box and this time Davinson Sanchez attempted to take more decisive action by intercepting – only to slide in, toe-poking the ball goal-wards with it rebounding off the near post and squirting over the line to beat the stranded, stand-in goalkeeper, Michel Vorm. It provoked a furious response. Dier drove a low shot against the outside of the post, after the ball broke to him from a corner with Bertrand denying Dele Alli as he attempted to turn, and then from another Ben Davies corner Kane simply brushed aside his marker, Jack Stephens, rose above Manolo Gabbiadini, and thumped a header emphatically into the net. The lead has lasted just 197 seconds. It remained remarkably open. Both teams felt they had to win, for their contrasting reasons, and Spurs almost claimed the lead when Davies drove the ball powerfully across the area and Moussa Sissoko side-footed a volley from inside the six-yard area that just flew wide. Southampton also went close when Stephens met a superb, in-swinging free-kick by James Ward-Prowse – and few English players deliver a more threatening set-piece - but the defender could not keep his header down with the ball skimming narrowly over the bar. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal More chances came although eventually the stickiness of the pitch, the bone-jarring effort, slowed the game down while Spurs sorely lacked the clever guile of Eriksen to unpick their opponents. Nevertheless Alli and Kane went close and then Sissoko fought for possession, squaring to substitute Erik Lamela who poked a close-range shot that seemed destined to find the net but for Stephens’ lunge to deflect it wide. Could Southampton capitalise? The crowd roared them on – there were certainly no signs of dissent towards Pellegrino – and Sanchez did well to block a shot from Sofiane Boufal as he ran onto the area before another replacement, Obafemi, signed from Leyton Orient’s academy, had his chance. But they could not find the breakthrough as the ball skimmed off his boot. And neither, despite five minutes of added time, could Spurs who had come into this match having collected 13 points from a possible 15 including a 5-2 demolition of Southampton on Boxing Day. But they were out-of-sorts. 6:21PM Pellegrino post-match "I think the team responded really well, we cannot transform this performance in goals and goals is more points but obviously this is the attitude we need to show in the next game. Every single game for us is massive. "We knew even the second half when they play with the diamond, they were always dangerous but I think we had the space in wide areas and in this moment we have had a couple of chances especially on the right. They are an amazing team with top players and they don't need too many action to create problems." 6:12PM Pochettino says the result was fair "It was an even game, a difficult game, the pitch wasn't in the best condition which didn't help but for both teams to play in a good way. Tough game, lots of battles, fighting.  "I don't believe because we struggle a little bit to play. In possession we missed a link to play together, we made a lot of mistakes in possession and allowed them to play a little bit more. I think to win the game, we should do better and play better and our performance wasn't great. "I think we tried to receive in our offensive phase and link better Kane and Son with Dele in behind. It allowed us to be more aggressive in transition and use more our fullbacks going forward. I think we create but the result was fair. "The top four is not easy. We still have the possibility to fight. The fight to survive every ball you can feel they are aggressive, our performance wasn't great, if it was at the level we are normally used to do, our performance wasn't the best. "That is a rumour, I don't want to speak about rumour. I am happy with the players I've got. You know well it's very difficult this transfer window to add a player". 6:08PM Man of the Match  James Ward-Prowse wins Sky Sports' prize and I'd tend to agree with that. Jan Vertonghen was excellent for Spurs too. Dele Alli just doesn't look himself at the moment, as though he's getting frustrated with himself for his own failings and then rushing his play to make up for it. Second season syndrome, except this is third season syndrome. Without alliteration it's not as dramatic sounding. 5:55PM The stats that matter The most important is the score, obviously, but Spurs will look at this and think they should have done much better. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal   5:53PM FULL TIME A fair result in a really scrappy game. 5:52PM 90 mins +4 End to end now. Southampton attack, run out of ideas, Spurs attack and run out of ideas.  5:50PM 90 mins +3 Wanyama tries to be a hero and shoots from 25 yards. It's absolutely dreadful. An X-Factor Christmas number one of a shot. 5:50PM 90 mins +2 Spurs are trying to stay patient as they work the defence. Davies tries a cross from wide left but hits the defending Ward-Prowse. Southampton are in their deep defensive shape, waiting to absorb these attacks and try to break. 5:48PM 90 mins Now Spurs pile on the pressure. Alli goes down in the area off the ball but is up again after an accidental tangle with Stephens. Trippier swings a corner to the back post, it's headed into the six yard box and cleared. Spurs keep the ball, work it quickly in tight areas all the way to Kane on the left! This is it! KANE SHOOTS... wide of the far post on his left foot. So close! 5:46PM 89 mins Southampton keep finding space down the Spurs left! Tadic is in again and he cuts back to Boufal... who should score! But he takes a touch before shooting and is blocked. What a waste!  5:44PM 87 mins Alli seems frustrated. He can't quite reach the ball after his first touch and he knocks Romeu to the floor while trying to get it, Southampton attack. Tadic is played in and controls beautifully on the half turn. He fires a cross into the area and the young lad! THE YOUNG LAD! Has shanked his shot wide. So close to a dream debut for Obafemi.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Michael Obafemi, 87 min)   5:42PM 84 mins The game is really scrappy. Nobody can make a forward pass without it cannoning back off a body in the way.  Spurs attack and manage to get in behind the Southampton defence. Is this it? Kane finds Sissoko, whose pass is blocked, he tries again, and Lamela reacts at the near post... but puts it wide.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Erik Lamela, 84 min) Dembele is replaced by Wanyama, guaranteeing at least one more yellow card worthy challenge in Spurs' midfield. 5:39PM 82 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs  Michael Obafemi comes on for Gabbiadini. He's a 17 year old youth academy graduate. He's going to score, isn't he? 5:38PM 81 mins Waaaaaaaaaaaay. Alli is played in behind the Southampton defence and he must be offside. He must be! And he is. Alli shoots anyway but puts the ball wide of the goal from about three yards, prompting cheers of approval from the home fans. 5:37PM 80 mins Lemina comes off for Steven Davis.  5:34PM 77 mins And here it comes! The ironic cheer as Mousa Dembele is booked. Southampton have a free-kick wide left, Ward-Prowse lines up the set piece and could actually bend this in to either corner if he fancied it. He goes for the cross and it's headed away. This game is getting so frustrating to watch now. It's foul after foul after foul as both teams try to stop the other from playing. A very physical match. 5:31PM 75 mins Dier goes on a 50 yard run across the pitch with the ball and finds Alli, who hits a lame cross to the Southampton defence. Spurs look good everywhere except the final third at the moment, they're really missing Christian Eriksen. 5:29PM 73 mins Aurier has sat down and might have an injury problem. Trippier comes on for him. That might give Spurs a burst of energy they need on the right for the final 20 minutes. 5:27PM 71 mins Spurs attack, find Davies on the left and his cross causes Southampton players to panic in attempts to clear. Kane shifts the ball onto his left foot to shoot but wins only a corner, and McCarthy catches that corner.  Suddenly the ball drops for Dembele on the edge of the box! He shoots, mis-hits and Alli has it in the box. Can he score? No! He's closed down and spins, tries to find Kane... but the chance is gone. Lamela comes on for Son. 5:24PM 68 mins Gabbiadini tries a shot from outside the Spurs box but puts it too close to Vorm again. Erik Lamela is getting ready to come on for Spurs. 5:22PM 66 mins Alli comes to life about 30 yards out, taking the ball on the half turn, striding forward and then firing a shot across goal from near the D. Just wide. Out: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Dele Alli, 65 min) Hojberg comes off for Boufal. 5:20PM 63 mins The referee has to tell off Dier and Tadic for hustling and bustling in the penalty area from a corner. Davies swings it out from the left and Kane tries a volley on his left foot! He kicks the air and Southampton break... but then they lose the ball. Alli carries it into the final third and then he is tackled. And then Gabbiadini is sent through on goal and is offside! Soccer. 5:17PM 61 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   5:17PM 60 mins Dembele carries the ball and has runners left and right but doesn't quite have the pace to get away from his marker and loses possession.  Davies links with Alli to get the ball in the box but the cross is cut out. Romeu is then booked for a sliding challenge on Alli. 5:14PM 57 mins Southampton are starting to open up the pitch with their passing and Spurs want to counter-attack quickly but keep giving the ball away. Sissoko is booked for a foul on Bertrand, arriving late to contest a 50/50.  5:12PM 55 mins I'm looking forward to the huge ironic cheer when Dembele is inevitably booked here. Lemina takes a sore one on the left wing and Sissoko puts the ball out straight away for him. It looks like he'll survive, which is good for everyone involved. Pellegrino talks to Stephens and then Hoedt separately how to adapt to Spurs' new shape. 5:10PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS Gabbiadini goes down under a challenge from Vertonghen but doesn't complain, Southampton keep up the pressure until Spurs can play their way out from the back. Romeu is fouled by Dembele. It's a clear yellow card... I don't understand why he's not been booked yet. The Scott Brown of the Premier League.  5:06PM 50 mins Stephens is booked for a shirt pull on Kane, which is probably the right call. Ward-Prowse takes an early shot at goal when he might be away... Vorm saves. It's pretty end to end so far. Son is playing more through the middle in this half, quite close to Kane.  5:06PM 48 mins Spurs attack through the middle and straight away Son is nearly sent clean in on goal. The ball is moved back towards the goalkeeper and he isn't steady on his feet, having to get rid of the ball as soon as he can. Vertonghen then has to use pace and strength to make sure Southampton don't get in behind at the other end. Great defending. 5:02PM KICK-OFF 2 Spurs start the second half. 5:01PM Some half time stats Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal Southampton vs Spurs   4:46PM HALF TIME A fair result so far but Spurs still look like the better side here. Southampton have had their chances, Spurs seem capable of upping their level if they want to. 4:45PM 45 mins Kane takes down a cross from the left and has a half chance to shoot inside the area... but a defender's foot catches his and takes the ball.  4:42PM 42 mins Southampton have men over now! They're playing really well here and work a chance for Lemina, who places his shot just slightly too close to the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Mario Lemina, 41 min) Southampton's long passes from right to left look like they're causing Spurs a lot of bother. Aurier and Sanchez happen to be defending that side.  4:23PM 23 mins Tadic floats a chip to the back post when the shot is on and Spurs' giant centre-backs head it away for another corner. Ward-Prowse whips it in but Vorm punches away. 4:21PM 22 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   4:21PM 21 mins Almost immediately after kick-off Alli bursts into the box and it looks like Kane is open for a tap in... but Alli is tackled for another corner. Southampton defend this one much better. Ward-Prowse delivers from the right but Vertonghen reacts best to the danger and puts it behind. The referee has to tell off Sanchez, Hoedt and Vorm as they shove each other. 4:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Who else but Harry Kane? It's his 99th Premier League goal. Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Harry Kane, 18 min) Southampton haven't looked great at set pieces and Kane uses his strength to hold off and then jump higher than Southampton's defence from the corner. 4:18PM 18 mins Dier hits the post! Almost an instant reply from Spurs as a corner is headed down by Vertonghen and then drilled at goal by Dier. Spurs win another corner. 4:16PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! An own goal from Davinson Sanchez! Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Just as I'm typing that he's not quite on his game, he slides in to deal with a cross at the six yard box and ends up deflecting it into his own net. He's really unlucky but Southampton deserve their lead. 4:14PM 15 mins Sanchez isn't quite on his game yet. He's made a couple of mistakes off and on the ball and has just handed possession straight to Southampton here. They're on the attack. 4:13PM 13 mins Credit: AP   4:12PM 12 mins That should be 1-0. Lemina plays Kane onside, the centre-backs don't realise and Alli has the entire box to run into. The ball is crossed in and he can't get enough on his header. Corner. 4:11PM 11 mins Dier tries a long ball into the box for Alli, who very nearly takes it down on his knee with his back to goal. His touch is a little off and Southampton can take the ball forward. Ward-Prowse is played in down the right with a great pass over the top of a defender, and his delivery is brilliant! But nobody reads it. Tadic follows up on the other flank and drills a low ball into the six yard box... but Gabbiadini can't reach it.  4:09PM 9 mins Southampton are attacking but Spurs keep breaking up play before anything too dangerous happens. Ward-Prowse tries a wonderstrike from 25 yards but slices his effort miles wide. Spurs work their way forward, Alli sprints to space at the back post and Aurier swings a cross in, but doesn't get enough lift and it's put behind for a corner.  4:05PM 6 mins Another chance for Southampton. Hojberg wins the ball from Son, hits a long pass out left and Tadic is there. He slides a pass across the area... and Gabbiadini doesn't seem to commit to the shot, and rather than sliding in, swings a boot at thin air. 4:03PM 3 mins Great run by Sissoko as he sprints from deep into the box and Aurier finds him with a smart pass round the corner of the full-back. Southampton win the ball back. 4:01PM 1 mins The Saints get the ball forward quickly, Gabbiadini turns Sanchez and shoots from 20 yards but Vorm saves. Attacking start! 4:00PM KICK-OFF Southampton get the game started! 3:56PM Here come the players They're out on the pitch in the rain. It's cold. It's wet. AND IT'S LIVE!   Credit: REUTERS   3:46PM Pochettino on Southampton "They stay at home in London and try to recover. I think yes, 100 per cent they feel well, maybe some players have some problems the last few days but no excuse we are going to try to play our best, to play well and win because the victory is important. It will be tough for both teams. "It's always special after five years it was today or yesterday we made our debut here against Everton, it will always be in my heart a special place for me and my family." 3:38PM Southampton want to buy two players And with £50million to spend on both, you'd think they'll be good. But who are these mysterious men? Jeremy Wilson has all the information here. 3:21PM Ben Davies says Denmark is why he's good at football Want to know more? You should read this and find out. 3:11PM It is not a nice day Credit: GETTY IMAGES The good thing is that since this isn't the 90s, the pitch will still be entirely playable and probably a bit quicker than normal. That will suit Spurs' passing game and might also mean that defenders are granted super power slide tackles and can glide along the floor for miles to win the ball back.  3:06PM No Lloris or Eriksen Both Huge and Christian, as they like to be called, are ill and miss out today. A big chance for the reserves to impress! If you can call them reserves, that is.  3:01PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to our liveblog for Southampton vs Spurs, where Mauricio Pochettino pays a visit to the stadium where first he made his name known in the Premier League. The Saints are doing absolutely fine at the moment which makes sense but isn't great news for their current manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, since Southampton seem to believe that even though they keep selling their best players, they should be progressing on the pitch. Spurs are in their traditional mid-season run of good form and Harry Kane is banging in goals all over the place. With Marco Silva suddenly available, it's not insane to suggest that Pellegrino might actually need his team to give an impressive performance - if not get a result - for him to keep his job. The Premier League is getting silly. Enough speculation. Who's actually playing today? Southampton Team news is in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to take on #THFC at St Mary's in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/CezUnwCJ6p— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 21, 2018 Spurs #THFC: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Kane (C). #COYSpic.twitter.com/FAJwpW5fp4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 21, 2018

Southampton 1 Tottenham 1: Harry Kane's 99th Premier League goal not enough for flu-affected Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur were laid low by a flu virus and then caught a cold as they were held to a draw by relegation-threatened Southampton despite Harry Kane moving to within one goal of his Premier League century. It was a frustrating result that means Spurs could fall five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp’s side win away to Swansea City on Monday evening, putting them in very real danger of missing out on Champions League qualification. The score-line does not, truly, help Southampton either as they remain in the bottom three and a point behind 17th place Stoke City. But they showed enough fight – and went agonisingly close to winning – to probably help manager Mauricio Pellegrino survive. At least a little longer. Afterwards Spurs midfielder Eric Dier claimed the race for the top four will “go down to the wire” but with his side’s next three league opponents being Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal these were points they could not afford to drop. And neither were they expected to. The Spurs squad were in Barcelona for warm weather training last week with captain Hugo Lloris and play-maker Christian Eriksen ruled out of this fixture because they were suffering from flu. Other players were affected and although manager Mauricio Pochettino later refused to say who, and stated it had not affected the performance, they were collectively below-par in a rain-sodden “battle” of an encounter. Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Kane, though, had the chance late on to claim his 100th league goal, and the headlines once again, but dragged his low shot across goal and wide from a tight angle. A defeat would have been extremely tough on Southampton who had chances of their own and moments before Kane’s effort there was an even clearer opportunity for 17-year-old substitute Michael Obafemi, who had come on to make his debut, but who miscued badly in front of goal after meeting a Dusan Tadic cross. That again highlighted Southampton’s weakness up front and Pellegrino is desperately hoping that reinforcements will soon arrive, using the money brought in by the £75million sale of Virgil Van Dijk, and moves are being made for the £50million pair of Monaco’s Guido Carrillo and Spartak Moscow Quincy Promes. But the club’s hierarchy will also know that they have lost nine points now from leading positions at home - and that is more than any other other Premier League team. Damningly it is 11 league games without a win. Kane's equaliser was his 99th Premier League goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Southampton were gifted the lead here, making a slick start which was capped when captain Ryan Bertrand overlapped down the left to collect Tadic’s measured pass and crossed low into the penalty area. The ball had already ricocheted around the Spurs box and this time Davinson Sanchez attempted to take more decisive action by intercepting – only to slide in, toe-poking the ball goal-wards with it rebounding off the near post and squirting over the line to beat the stranded, stand-in goalkeeper, Michel Vorm. It provoked a furious response. Dier drove a low shot against the outside of the post, after the ball broke to him from a corner with Bertrand denying Dele Alli as he attempted to turn, and then from another Ben Davies corner Kane simply brushed aside his marker, Jack Stephens, rose above Manolo Gabbiadini, and thumped a header emphatically into the net. The lead has lasted just 197 seconds. It remained remarkably open. Both teams felt they had to win, for their contrasting reasons, and Spurs almost claimed the lead when Davies drove the ball powerfully across the area and Moussa Sissoko side-footed a volley from inside the six-yard area that just flew wide. Southampton also went close when Stephens met a superb, in-swinging free-kick by James Ward-Prowse – and few English players deliver a more threatening set-piece - but the defender could not keep his header down with the ball skimming narrowly over the bar. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal More chances came although eventually the stickiness of the pitch, the bone-jarring effort, slowed the game down while Spurs sorely lacked the clever guile of Eriksen to unpick their opponents. Nevertheless Alli and Kane went close and then Sissoko fought for possession, squaring to substitute Erik Lamela who poked a close-range shot that seemed destined to find the net but for Stephens’ lunge to deflect it wide. Could Southampton capitalise? The crowd roared them on – there were certainly no signs of dissent towards Pellegrino – and Sanchez did well to block a shot from Sofiane Boufal as he ran onto the area before another replacement, Obafemi, signed from Leyton Orient’s academy, had his chance. But they could not find the breakthrough as the ball skimmed off his boot. And neither, despite five minutes of added time, could Spurs who had come into this match having collected 13 points from a possible 15 including a 5-2 demolition of Southampton on Boxing Day. But they were out-of-sorts. 6:21PM Pellegrino post-match "I think the team responded really well, we cannot transform this performance in goals and goals is more points but obviously this is the attitude we need to show in the next game. Every single game for us is massive. "We knew even the second half when they play with the diamond, they were always dangerous but I think we had the space in wide areas and in this moment we have had a couple of chances especially on the right. They are an amazing team with top players and they don't need too many action to create problems." 6:12PM Pochettino says the result was fair "It was an even game, a difficult game, the pitch wasn't in the best condition which didn't help but for both teams to play in a good way. Tough game, lots of battles, fighting.  "I don't believe because we struggle a little bit to play. In possession we missed a link to play together, we made a lot of mistakes in possession and allowed them to play a little bit more. I think to win the game, we should do better and play better and our performance wasn't great. "I think we tried to receive in our offensive phase and link better Kane and Son with Dele in behind. It allowed us to be more aggressive in transition and use more our fullbacks going forward. I think we create but the result was fair. "The top four is not easy. We still have the possibility to fight. The fight to survive every ball you can feel they are aggressive, our performance wasn't great, if it was at the level we are normally used to do, our performance wasn't the best. "That is a rumour, I don't want to speak about rumour. I am happy with the players I've got. You know well it's very difficult this transfer window to add a player". 6:08PM Man of the Match  James Ward-Prowse wins Sky Sports' prize and I'd tend to agree with that. Jan Vertonghen was excellent for Spurs too. Dele Alli just doesn't look himself at the moment, as though he's getting frustrated with himself for his own failings and then rushing his play to make up for it. Second season syndrome, except this is third season syndrome. Without alliteration it's not as dramatic sounding. 5:55PM The stats that matter The most important is the score, obviously, but Spurs will look at this and think they should have done much better. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal   5:53PM FULL TIME A fair result in a really scrappy game. 5:52PM 90 mins +4 End to end now. Southampton attack, run out of ideas, Spurs attack and run out of ideas.  5:50PM 90 mins +3 Wanyama tries to be a hero and shoots from 25 yards. It's absolutely dreadful. An X-Factor Christmas number one of a shot. 5:50PM 90 mins +2 Spurs are trying to stay patient as they work the defence. Davies tries a cross from wide left but hits the defending Ward-Prowse. Southampton are in their deep defensive shape, waiting to absorb these attacks and try to break. 5:48PM 90 mins Now Spurs pile on the pressure. Alli goes down in the area off the ball but is up again after an accidental tangle with Stephens. Trippier swings a corner to the back post, it's headed into the six yard box and cleared. Spurs keep the ball, work it quickly in tight areas all the way to Kane on the left! This is it! KANE SHOOTS... wide of the far post on his left foot. So close! 5:46PM 89 mins Southampton keep finding space down the Spurs left! Tadic is in again and he cuts back to Boufal... who should score! But he takes a touch before shooting and is blocked. What a waste!  5:44PM 87 mins Alli seems frustrated. He can't quite reach the ball after his first touch and he knocks Romeu to the floor while trying to get it, Southampton attack. Tadic is played in and controls beautifully on the half turn. He fires a cross into the area and the young lad! THE YOUNG LAD! Has shanked his shot wide. So close to a dream debut for Obafemi.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Michael Obafemi, 87 min)   5:42PM 84 mins The game is really scrappy. Nobody can make a forward pass without it cannoning back off a body in the way.  Spurs attack and manage to get in behind the Southampton defence. Is this it? Kane finds Sissoko, whose pass is blocked, he tries again, and Lamela reacts at the near post... but puts it wide.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Erik Lamela, 84 min) Dembele is replaced by Wanyama, guaranteeing at least one more yellow card worthy challenge in Spurs' midfield. 5:39PM 82 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs  Michael Obafemi comes on for Gabbiadini. He's a 17 year old youth academy graduate. He's going to score, isn't he? 5:38PM 81 mins Waaaaaaaaaaaay. Alli is played in behind the Southampton defence and he must be offside. He must be! And he is. Alli shoots anyway but puts the ball wide of the goal from about three yards, prompting cheers of approval from the home fans. 5:37PM 80 mins Lemina comes off for Steven Davis.  5:34PM 77 mins And here it comes! The ironic cheer as Mousa Dembele is booked. Southampton have a free-kick wide left, Ward-Prowse lines up the set piece and could actually bend this in to either corner if he fancied it. He goes for the cross and it's headed away. This game is getting so frustrating to watch now. It's foul after foul after foul as both teams try to stop the other from playing. A very physical match. 5:31PM 75 mins Dier goes on a 50 yard run across the pitch with the ball and finds Alli, who hits a lame cross to the Southampton defence. Spurs look good everywhere except the final third at the moment, they're really missing Christian Eriksen. 5:29PM 73 mins Aurier has sat down and might have an injury problem. Trippier comes on for him. That might give Spurs a burst of energy they need on the right for the final 20 minutes. 5:27PM 71 mins Spurs attack, find Davies on the left and his cross causes Southampton players to panic in attempts to clear. Kane shifts the ball onto his left foot to shoot but wins only a corner, and McCarthy catches that corner.  Suddenly the ball drops for Dembele on the edge of the box! He shoots, mis-hits and Alli has it in the box. Can he score? No! He's closed down and spins, tries to find Kane... but the chance is gone. Lamela comes on for Son. 5:24PM 68 mins Gabbiadini tries a shot from outside the Spurs box but puts it too close to Vorm again. Erik Lamela is getting ready to come on for Spurs. 5:22PM 66 mins Alli comes to life about 30 yards out, taking the ball on the half turn, striding forward and then firing a shot across goal from near the D. Just wide. Out: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Dele Alli, 65 min) Hojberg comes off for Boufal. 5:20PM 63 mins The referee has to tell off Dier and Tadic for hustling and bustling in the penalty area from a corner. Davies swings it out from the left and Kane tries a volley on his left foot! He kicks the air and Southampton break... but then they lose the ball. Alli carries it into the final third and then he is tackled. And then Gabbiadini is sent through on goal and is offside! Soccer. 5:17PM 61 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   5:17PM 60 mins Dembele carries the ball and has runners left and right but doesn't quite have the pace to get away from his marker and loses possession.  Davies links with Alli to get the ball in the box but the cross is cut out. Romeu is then booked for a sliding challenge on Alli. 5:14PM 57 mins Southampton are starting to open up the pitch with their passing and Spurs want to counter-attack quickly but keep giving the ball away. Sissoko is booked for a foul on Bertrand, arriving late to contest a 50/50.  5:12PM 55 mins I'm looking forward to the huge ironic cheer when Dembele is inevitably booked here. Lemina takes a sore one on the left wing and Sissoko puts the ball out straight away for him. It looks like he'll survive, which is good for everyone involved. Pellegrino talks to Stephens and then Hoedt separately how to adapt to Spurs' new shape. 5:10PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS Gabbiadini goes down under a challenge from Vertonghen but doesn't complain, Southampton keep up the pressure until Spurs can play their way out from the back. Romeu is fouled by Dembele. It's a clear yellow card... I don't understand why he's not been booked yet. The Scott Brown of the Premier League.  5:06PM 50 mins Stephens is booked for a shirt pull on Kane, which is probably the right call. Ward-Prowse takes an early shot at goal when he might be away... Vorm saves. It's pretty end to end so far. Son is playing more through the middle in this half, quite close to Kane.  5:06PM 48 mins Spurs attack through the middle and straight away Son is nearly sent clean in on goal. The ball is moved back towards the goalkeeper and he isn't steady on his feet, having to get rid of the ball as soon as he can. Vertonghen then has to use pace and strength to make sure Southampton don't get in behind at the other end. Great defending. 5:02PM KICK-OFF 2 Spurs start the second half. 5:01PM Some half time stats Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal Southampton vs Spurs   4:46PM HALF TIME A fair result so far but Spurs still look like the better side here. Southampton have had their chances, Spurs seem capable of upping their level if they want to. 4:45PM 45 mins Kane takes down a cross from the left and has a half chance to shoot inside the area... but a defender's foot catches his and takes the ball.  4:42PM 42 mins Southampton have men over now! They're playing really well here and work a chance for Lemina, who places his shot just slightly too close to the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Mario Lemina, 41 min) Southampton's long passes from right to left look like they're causing Spurs a lot of bother. Aurier and Sanchez happen to be defending that side.  4:23PM 23 mins Tadic floats a chip to the back post when the shot is on and Spurs' giant centre-backs head it away for another corner. Ward-Prowse whips it in but Vorm punches away. 4:21PM 22 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   4:21PM 21 mins Almost immediately after kick-off Alli bursts into the box and it looks like Kane is open for a tap in... but Alli is tackled for another corner. Southampton defend this one much better. Ward-Prowse delivers from the right but Vertonghen reacts best to the danger and puts it behind. The referee has to tell off Sanchez, Hoedt and Vorm as they shove each other. 4:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Who else but Harry Kane? It's his 99th Premier League goal. Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Harry Kane, 18 min) Southampton haven't looked great at set pieces and Kane uses his strength to hold off and then jump higher than Southampton's defence from the corner. 4:18PM 18 mins Dier hits the post! Almost an instant reply from Spurs as a corner is headed down by Vertonghen and then drilled at goal by Dier. Spurs win another corner. 4:16PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! An own goal from Davinson Sanchez! Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Just as I'm typing that he's not quite on his game, he slides in to deal with a cross at the six yard box and ends up deflecting it into his own net. He's really unlucky but Southampton deserve their lead. 4:14PM 15 mins Sanchez isn't quite on his game yet. He's made a couple of mistakes off and on the ball and has just handed possession straight to Southampton here. They're on the attack. 4:13PM 13 mins Credit: AP   4:12PM 12 mins That should be 1-0. Lemina plays Kane onside, the centre-backs don't realise and Alli has the entire box to run into. The ball is crossed in and he can't get enough on his header. Corner. 4:11PM 11 mins Dier tries a long ball into the box for Alli, who very nearly takes it down on his knee with his back to goal. His touch is a little off and Southampton can take the ball forward. Ward-Prowse is played in down the right with a great pass over the top of a defender, and his delivery is brilliant! But nobody reads it. Tadic follows up on the other flank and drills a low ball into the six yard box... but Gabbiadini can't reach it.  4:09PM 9 mins Southampton are attacking but Spurs keep breaking up play before anything too dangerous happens. Ward-Prowse tries a wonderstrike from 25 yards but slices his effort miles wide. Spurs work their way forward, Alli sprints to space at the back post and Aurier swings a cross in, but doesn't get enough lift and it's put behind for a corner.  4:05PM 6 mins Another chance for Southampton. Hojberg wins the ball from Son, hits a long pass out left and Tadic is there. He slides a pass across the area... and Gabbiadini doesn't seem to commit to the shot, and rather than sliding in, swings a boot at thin air. 4:03PM 3 mins Great run by Sissoko as he sprints from deep into the box and Aurier finds him with a smart pass round the corner of the full-back. Southampton win the ball back. 4:01PM 1 mins The Saints get the ball forward quickly, Gabbiadini turns Sanchez and shoots from 20 yards but Vorm saves. Attacking start! 4:00PM KICK-OFF Southampton get the game started! 3:56PM Here come the players They're out on the pitch in the rain. It's cold. It's wet. AND IT'S LIVE!   Credit: REUTERS   3:46PM Pochettino on Southampton "They stay at home in London and try to recover. I think yes, 100 per cent they feel well, maybe some players have some problems the last few days but no excuse we are going to try to play our best, to play well and win because the victory is important. It will be tough for both teams. "It's always special after five years it was today or yesterday we made our debut here against Everton, it will always be in my heart a special place for me and my family." 3:38PM Southampton want to buy two players And with £50million to spend on both, you'd think they'll be good. But who are these mysterious men? Jeremy Wilson has all the information here. 3:21PM Ben Davies says Denmark is why he's good at football Want to know more? You should read this and find out. 3:11PM It is not a nice day Credit: GETTY IMAGES The good thing is that since this isn't the 90s, the pitch will still be entirely playable and probably a bit quicker than normal. That will suit Spurs' passing game and might also mean that defenders are granted super power slide tackles and can glide along the floor for miles to win the ball back.  3:06PM No Lloris or Eriksen Both Huge and Christian, as they like to be called, are ill and miss out today. A big chance for the reserves to impress! If you can call them reserves, that is.  3:01PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to our liveblog for Southampton vs Spurs, where Mauricio Pochettino pays a visit to the stadium where first he made his name known in the Premier League. The Saints are doing absolutely fine at the moment which makes sense but isn't great news for their current manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, since Southampton seem to believe that even though they keep selling their best players, they should be progressing on the pitch. Spurs are in their traditional mid-season run of good form and Harry Kane is banging in goals all over the place. With Marco Silva suddenly available, it's not insane to suggest that Pellegrino might actually need his team to give an impressive performance - if not get a result - for him to keep his job. The Premier League is getting silly. Enough speculation. Who's actually playing today? Southampton Team news is in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to take on #THFC at St Mary's in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/CezUnwCJ6p— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 21, 2018 Spurs #THFC: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Kane (C). #COYSpic.twitter.com/FAJwpW5fp4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 21, 2018

Southampton 1 Tottenham 1: Harry Kane's 99th Premier League goal not enough for flu-affected Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur were laid low by a flu virus and then caught a cold as they were held to a draw by relegation-threatened Southampton despite Harry Kane moving to within one goal of his Premier League century. It was a frustrating result that means Spurs could fall five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp’s side win away to Swansea City on Monday evening, putting them in very real danger of missing out on Champions League qualification. The score-line does not, truly, help Southampton either as they remain in the bottom three and a point behind 17th place Stoke City. But they showed enough fight – and went agonisingly close to winning – to probably help manager Mauricio Pellegrino survive. At least a little longer. Afterwards Spurs midfielder Eric Dier claimed the race for the top four will “go down to the wire” but with his side’s next three league opponents being Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal these were points they could not afford to drop. And neither were they expected to. The Spurs squad were in Barcelona for warm weather training last week with captain Hugo Lloris and play-maker Christian Eriksen ruled out of this fixture because they were suffering from flu. Other players were affected and although manager Mauricio Pochettino later refused to say who, and stated it had not affected the performance, they were collectively below-par in a rain-sodden “battle” of an encounter. Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Kane, though, had the chance late on to claim his 100th league goal, and the headlines once again, but dragged his low shot across goal and wide from a tight angle. A defeat would have been extremely tough on Southampton who had chances of their own and moments before Kane’s effort there was an even clearer opportunity for 17-year-old substitute Michael Obafemi, who had come on to make his debut, but who miscued badly in front of goal after meeting a Dusan Tadic cross. That again highlighted Southampton’s weakness up front and Pellegrino is desperately hoping that reinforcements will soon arrive, using the money brought in by the £75million sale of Virgil Van Dijk, and moves are being made for the £50million pair of Monaco’s Guido Carrillo and Spartak Moscow Quincy Promes. But the club’s hierarchy will also know that they have lost nine points now from leading positions at home - and that is more than any other other Premier League team. Damningly it is 11 league games without a win. Kane's equaliser was his 99th Premier League goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Southampton were gifted the lead here, making a slick start which was capped when captain Ryan Bertrand overlapped down the left to collect Tadic’s measured pass and crossed low into the penalty area. The ball had already ricocheted around the Spurs box and this time Davinson Sanchez attempted to take more decisive action by intercepting – only to slide in, toe-poking the ball goal-wards with it rebounding off the near post and squirting over the line to beat the stranded, stand-in goalkeeper, Michel Vorm. It provoked a furious response. Dier drove a low shot against the outside of the post, after the ball broke to him from a corner with Bertrand denying Dele Alli as he attempted to turn, and then from another Ben Davies corner Kane simply brushed aside his marker, Jack Stephens, rose above Manolo Gabbiadini, and thumped a header emphatically into the net. The lead has lasted just 197 seconds. It remained remarkably open. Both teams felt they had to win, for their contrasting reasons, and Spurs almost claimed the lead when Davies drove the ball powerfully across the area and Moussa Sissoko side-footed a volley from inside the six-yard area that just flew wide. Southampton also went close when Stephens met a superb, in-swinging free-kick by James Ward-Prowse – and few English players deliver a more threatening set-piece - but the defender could not keep his header down with the ball skimming narrowly over the bar. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal More chances came although eventually the stickiness of the pitch, the bone-jarring effort, slowed the game down while Spurs sorely lacked the clever guile of Eriksen to unpick their opponents. Nevertheless Alli and Kane went close and then Sissoko fought for possession, squaring to substitute Erik Lamela who poked a close-range shot that seemed destined to find the net but for Stephens’ lunge to deflect it wide. Could Southampton capitalise? The crowd roared them on – there were certainly no signs of dissent towards Pellegrino – and Sanchez did well to block a shot from Sofiane Boufal as he ran onto the area before another replacement, Obafemi, signed from Leyton Orient’s academy, had his chance. But they could not find the breakthrough as the ball skimmed off his boot. And neither, despite five minutes of added time, could Spurs who had come into this match having collected 13 points from a possible 15 including a 5-2 demolition of Southampton on Boxing Day. But they were out-of-sorts. 6:21PM Pellegrino post-match "I think the team responded really well, we cannot transform this performance in goals and goals is more points but obviously this is the attitude we need to show in the next game. Every single game for us is massive. "We knew even the second half when they play with the diamond, they were always dangerous but I think we had the space in wide areas and in this moment we have had a couple of chances especially on the right. They are an amazing team with top players and they don't need too many action to create problems." 6:12PM Pochettino says the result was fair "It was an even game, a difficult game, the pitch wasn't in the best condition which didn't help but for both teams to play in a good way. Tough game, lots of battles, fighting.  "I don't believe because we struggle a little bit to play. In possession we missed a link to play together, we made a lot of mistakes in possession and allowed them to play a little bit more. I think to win the game, we should do better and play better and our performance wasn't great. "I think we tried to receive in our offensive phase and link better Kane and Son with Dele in behind. It allowed us to be more aggressive in transition and use more our fullbacks going forward. I think we create but the result was fair. "The top four is not easy. We still have the possibility to fight. The fight to survive every ball you can feel they are aggressive, our performance wasn't great, if it was at the level we are normally used to do, our performance wasn't the best. "That is a rumour, I don't want to speak about rumour. I am happy with the players I've got. You know well it's very difficult this transfer window to add a player". 6:08PM Man of the Match  James Ward-Prowse wins Sky Sports' prize and I'd tend to agree with that. Jan Vertonghen was excellent for Spurs too. Dele Alli just doesn't look himself at the moment, as though he's getting frustrated with himself for his own failings and then rushing his play to make up for it. Second season syndrome, except this is third season syndrome. Without alliteration it's not as dramatic sounding. 5:55PM The stats that matter The most important is the score, obviously, but Spurs will look at this and think they should have done much better. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal   5:53PM FULL TIME A fair result in a really scrappy game. 5:52PM 90 mins +4 End to end now. Southampton attack, run out of ideas, Spurs attack and run out of ideas.  5:50PM 90 mins +3 Wanyama tries to be a hero and shoots from 25 yards. It's absolutely dreadful. An X-Factor Christmas number one of a shot. 5:50PM 90 mins +2 Spurs are trying to stay patient as they work the defence. Davies tries a cross from wide left but hits the defending Ward-Prowse. Southampton are in their deep defensive shape, waiting to absorb these attacks and try to break. 5:48PM 90 mins Now Spurs pile on the pressure. Alli goes down in the area off the ball but is up again after an accidental tangle with Stephens. Trippier swings a corner to the back post, it's headed into the six yard box and cleared. Spurs keep the ball, work it quickly in tight areas all the way to Kane on the left! This is it! KANE SHOOTS... wide of the far post on his left foot. So close! 5:46PM 89 mins Southampton keep finding space down the Spurs left! Tadic is in again and he cuts back to Boufal... who should score! But he takes a touch before shooting and is blocked. What a waste!  5:44PM 87 mins Alli seems frustrated. He can't quite reach the ball after his first touch and he knocks Romeu to the floor while trying to get it, Southampton attack. Tadic is played in and controls beautifully on the half turn. He fires a cross into the area and the young lad! THE YOUNG LAD! Has shanked his shot wide. So close to a dream debut for Obafemi.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Michael Obafemi, 87 min)   5:42PM 84 mins The game is really scrappy. Nobody can make a forward pass without it cannoning back off a body in the way.  Spurs attack and manage to get in behind the Southampton defence. Is this it? Kane finds Sissoko, whose pass is blocked, he tries again, and Lamela reacts at the near post... but puts it wide.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Erik Lamela, 84 min) Dembele is replaced by Wanyama, guaranteeing at least one more yellow card worthy challenge in Spurs' midfield. 5:39PM 82 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs  Michael Obafemi comes on for Gabbiadini. He's a 17 year old youth academy graduate. He's going to score, isn't he? 5:38PM 81 mins Waaaaaaaaaaaay. Alli is played in behind the Southampton defence and he must be offside. He must be! And he is. Alli shoots anyway but puts the ball wide of the goal from about three yards, prompting cheers of approval from the home fans. 5:37PM 80 mins Lemina comes off for Steven Davis.  5:34PM 77 mins And here it comes! The ironic cheer as Mousa Dembele is booked. Southampton have a free-kick wide left, Ward-Prowse lines up the set piece and could actually bend this in to either corner if he fancied it. He goes for the cross and it's headed away. This game is getting so frustrating to watch now. It's foul after foul after foul as both teams try to stop the other from playing. A very physical match. 5:31PM 75 mins Dier goes on a 50 yard run across the pitch with the ball and finds Alli, who hits a lame cross to the Southampton defence. Spurs look good everywhere except the final third at the moment, they're really missing Christian Eriksen. 5:29PM 73 mins Aurier has sat down and might have an injury problem. Trippier comes on for him. That might give Spurs a burst of energy they need on the right for the final 20 minutes. 5:27PM 71 mins Spurs attack, find Davies on the left and his cross causes Southampton players to panic in attempts to clear. Kane shifts the ball onto his left foot to shoot but wins only a corner, and McCarthy catches that corner.  Suddenly the ball drops for Dembele on the edge of the box! He shoots, mis-hits and Alli has it in the box. Can he score? No! He's closed down and spins, tries to find Kane... but the chance is gone. Lamela comes on for Son. 5:24PM 68 mins Gabbiadini tries a shot from outside the Spurs box but puts it too close to Vorm again. Erik Lamela is getting ready to come on for Spurs. 5:22PM 66 mins Alli comes to life about 30 yards out, taking the ball on the half turn, striding forward and then firing a shot across goal from near the D. Just wide. Out: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Dele Alli, 65 min) Hojberg comes off for Boufal. 5:20PM 63 mins The referee has to tell off Dier and Tadic for hustling and bustling in the penalty area from a corner. Davies swings it out from the left and Kane tries a volley on his left foot! He kicks the air and Southampton break... but then they lose the ball. Alli carries it into the final third and then he is tackled. And then Gabbiadini is sent through on goal and is offside! Soccer. 5:17PM 61 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   5:17PM 60 mins Dembele carries the ball and has runners left and right but doesn't quite have the pace to get away from his marker and loses possession.  Davies links with Alli to get the ball in the box but the cross is cut out. Romeu is then booked for a sliding challenge on Alli. 5:14PM 57 mins Southampton are starting to open up the pitch with their passing and Spurs want to counter-attack quickly but keep giving the ball away. Sissoko is booked for a foul on Bertrand, arriving late to contest a 50/50.  5:12PM 55 mins I'm looking forward to the huge ironic cheer when Dembele is inevitably booked here. Lemina takes a sore one on the left wing and Sissoko puts the ball out straight away for him. It looks like he'll survive, which is good for everyone involved. Pellegrino talks to Stephens and then Hoedt separately how to adapt to Spurs' new shape. 5:10PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS Gabbiadini goes down under a challenge from Vertonghen but doesn't complain, Southampton keep up the pressure until Spurs can play their way out from the back. Romeu is fouled by Dembele. It's a clear yellow card... I don't understand why he's not been booked yet. The Scott Brown of the Premier League.  5:06PM 50 mins Stephens is booked for a shirt pull on Kane, which is probably the right call. Ward-Prowse takes an early shot at goal when he might be away... Vorm saves. It's pretty end to end so far. Son is playing more through the middle in this half, quite close to Kane.  5:06PM 48 mins Spurs attack through the middle and straight away Son is nearly sent clean in on goal. The ball is moved back towards the goalkeeper and he isn't steady on his feet, having to get rid of the ball as soon as he can. Vertonghen then has to use pace and strength to make sure Southampton don't get in behind at the other end. Great defending. 5:02PM KICK-OFF 2 Spurs start the second half. 5:01PM Some half time stats Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal Southampton vs Spurs   4:46PM HALF TIME A fair result so far but Spurs still look like the better side here. Southampton have had their chances, Spurs seem capable of upping their level if they want to. 4:45PM 45 mins Kane takes down a cross from the left and has a half chance to shoot inside the area... but a defender's foot catches his and takes the ball.  4:42PM 42 mins Southampton have men over now! They're playing really well here and work a chance for Lemina, who places his shot just slightly too close to the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Mario Lemina, 41 min) Southampton's long passes from right to left look like they're causing Spurs a lot of bother. Aurier and Sanchez happen to be defending that side.  4:23PM 23 mins Tadic floats a chip to the back post when the shot is on and Spurs' giant centre-backs head it away for another corner. Ward-Prowse whips it in but Vorm punches away. 4:21PM 22 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   4:21PM 21 mins Almost immediately after kick-off Alli bursts into the box and it looks like Kane is open for a tap in... but Alli is tackled for another corner. Southampton defend this one much better. Ward-Prowse delivers from the right but Vertonghen reacts best to the danger and puts it behind. The referee has to tell off Sanchez, Hoedt and Vorm as they shove each other. 4:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Who else but Harry Kane? It's his 99th Premier League goal. Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Harry Kane, 18 min) Southampton haven't looked great at set pieces and Kane uses his strength to hold off and then jump higher than Southampton's defence from the corner. 4:18PM 18 mins Dier hits the post! Almost an instant reply from Spurs as a corner is headed down by Vertonghen and then drilled at goal by Dier. Spurs win another corner. 4:16PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! An own goal from Davinson Sanchez! Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Just as I'm typing that he's not quite on his game, he slides in to deal with a cross at the six yard box and ends up deflecting it into his own net. He's really unlucky but Southampton deserve their lead. 4:14PM 15 mins Sanchez isn't quite on his game yet. He's made a couple of mistakes off and on the ball and has just handed possession straight to Southampton here. They're on the attack. 4:13PM 13 mins Credit: AP   4:12PM 12 mins That should be 1-0. Lemina plays Kane onside, the centre-backs don't realise and Alli has the entire box to run into. The ball is crossed in and he can't get enough on his header. Corner. 4:11PM 11 mins Dier tries a long ball into the box for Alli, who very nearly takes it down on his knee with his back to goal. His touch is a little off and Southampton can take the ball forward. Ward-Prowse is played in down the right with a great pass over the top of a defender, and his delivery is brilliant! But nobody reads it. Tadic follows up on the other flank and drills a low ball into the six yard box... but Gabbiadini can't reach it.  4:09PM 9 mins Southampton are attacking but Spurs keep breaking up play before anything too dangerous happens. Ward-Prowse tries a wonderstrike from 25 yards but slices his effort miles wide. Spurs work their way forward, Alli sprints to space at the back post and Aurier swings a cross in, but doesn't get enough lift and it's put behind for a corner.  4:05PM 6 mins Another chance for Southampton. Hojberg wins the ball from Son, hits a long pass out left and Tadic is there. He slides a pass across the area... and Gabbiadini doesn't seem to commit to the shot, and rather than sliding in, swings a boot at thin air. 4:03PM 3 mins Great run by Sissoko as he sprints from deep into the box and Aurier finds him with a smart pass round the corner of the full-back. Southampton win the ball back. 4:01PM 1 mins The Saints get the ball forward quickly, Gabbiadini turns Sanchez and shoots from 20 yards but Vorm saves. Attacking start! 4:00PM KICK-OFF Southampton get the game started! 3:56PM Here come the players They're out on the pitch in the rain. It's cold. It's wet. AND IT'S LIVE!   Credit: REUTERS   3:46PM Pochettino on Southampton "They stay at home in London and try to recover. I think yes, 100 per cent they feel well, maybe some players have some problems the last few days but no excuse we are going to try to play our best, to play well and win because the victory is important. It will be tough for both teams. "It's always special after five years it was today or yesterday we made our debut here against Everton, it will always be in my heart a special place for me and my family." 3:38PM Southampton want to buy two players And with £50million to spend on both, you'd think they'll be good. But who are these mysterious men? Jeremy Wilson has all the information here. 3:21PM Ben Davies says Denmark is why he's good at football Want to know more? You should read this and find out. 3:11PM It is not a nice day Credit: GETTY IMAGES The good thing is that since this isn't the 90s, the pitch will still be entirely playable and probably a bit quicker than normal. That will suit Spurs' passing game and might also mean that defenders are granted super power slide tackles and can glide along the floor for miles to win the ball back.  3:06PM No Lloris or Eriksen Both Huge and Christian, as they like to be called, are ill and miss out today. A big chance for the reserves to impress! If you can call them reserves, that is.  3:01PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to our liveblog for Southampton vs Spurs, where Mauricio Pochettino pays a visit to the stadium where first he made his name known in the Premier League. The Saints are doing absolutely fine at the moment which makes sense but isn't great news for their current manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, since Southampton seem to believe that even though they keep selling their best players, they should be progressing on the pitch. Spurs are in their traditional mid-season run of good form and Harry Kane is banging in goals all over the place. With Marco Silva suddenly available, it's not insane to suggest that Pellegrino might actually need his team to give an impressive performance - if not get a result - for him to keep his job. The Premier League is getting silly. Enough speculation. Who's actually playing today? Southampton Team news is in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to take on #THFC at St Mary's in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/CezUnwCJ6p— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 21, 2018 Spurs #THFC: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Kane (C). #COYSpic.twitter.com/FAJwpW5fp4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 21, 2018

Southampton 1 Tottenham 1: Harry Kane's 99th Premier League goal not enough for flu-affected Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur were laid low by a flu virus and then caught a cold as they were held to a draw by relegation-threatened Southampton despite Harry Kane moving to within one goal of his Premier League century. It was a frustrating result that means Spurs could fall five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp’s side win away to Swansea City on Monday evening, putting them in very real danger of missing out on Champions League qualification. The score-line does not, truly, help Southampton either as they remain in the bottom three and a point behind 17th place Stoke City. But they showed enough fight – and went agonisingly close to winning – to probably help manager Mauricio Pellegrino survive. At least a little longer. Afterwards Spurs midfielder Eric Dier claimed the race for the top four will “go down to the wire” but with his side’s next three league opponents being Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal these were points they could not afford to drop. And neither were they expected to. The Spurs squad were in Barcelona for warm weather training last week with captain Hugo Lloris and play-maker Christian Eriksen ruled out of this fixture because they were suffering from flu. Other players were affected and although manager Mauricio Pochettino later refused to say who, and stated it had not affected the performance, they were collectively below-par in a rain-sodden “battle” of an encounter. Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Kane, though, had the chance late on to claim his 100th league goal, and the headlines once again, but dragged his low shot across goal and wide from a tight angle. A defeat would have been extremely tough on Southampton who had chances of their own and moments before Kane’s effort there was an even clearer opportunity for 17-year-old substitute Michael Obafemi, who had come on to make his debut, but who miscued badly in front of goal after meeting a Dusan Tadic cross. That again highlighted Southampton’s weakness up front and Pellegrino is desperately hoping that reinforcements will soon arrive, using the money brought in by the £75million sale of Virgil Van Dijk, and moves are being made for the £50million pair of Monaco’s Guido Carrillo and Spartak Moscow Quincy Promes. But the club’s hierarchy will also know that they have lost nine points now from leading positions at home - and that is more than any other other Premier League team. Damningly it is 11 league games without a win. Kane's equaliser was his 99th Premier League goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Southampton were gifted the lead here, making a slick start which was capped when captain Ryan Bertrand overlapped down the left to collect Tadic’s measured pass and crossed low into the penalty area. The ball had already ricocheted around the Spurs box and this time Davinson Sanchez attempted to take more decisive action by intercepting – only to slide in, toe-poking the ball goal-wards with it rebounding off the near post and squirting over the line to beat the stranded, stand-in goalkeeper, Michel Vorm. It provoked a furious response. Dier drove a low shot against the outside of the post, after the ball broke to him from a corner with Bertrand denying Dele Alli as he attempted to turn, and then from another Ben Davies corner Kane simply brushed aside his marker, Jack Stephens, rose above Manolo Gabbiadini, and thumped a header emphatically into the net. The lead has lasted just 197 seconds. It remained remarkably open. Both teams felt they had to win, for their contrasting reasons, and Spurs almost claimed the lead when Davies drove the ball powerfully across the area and Moussa Sissoko side-footed a volley from inside the six-yard area that just flew wide. Southampton also went close when Stephens met a superb, in-swinging free-kick by James Ward-Prowse – and few English players deliver a more threatening set-piece - but the defender could not keep his header down with the ball skimming narrowly over the bar. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal More chances came although eventually the stickiness of the pitch, the bone-jarring effort, slowed the game down while Spurs sorely lacked the clever guile of Eriksen to unpick their opponents. Nevertheless Alli and Kane went close and then Sissoko fought for possession, squaring to substitute Erik Lamela who poked a close-range shot that seemed destined to find the net but for Stephens’ lunge to deflect it wide. Could Southampton capitalise? The crowd roared them on – there were certainly no signs of dissent towards Pellegrino – and Sanchez did well to block a shot from Sofiane Boufal as he ran onto the area before another replacement, Obafemi, signed from Leyton Orient’s academy, had his chance. But they could not find the breakthrough as the ball skimmed off his boot. And neither, despite five minutes of added time, could Spurs who had come into this match having collected 13 points from a possible 15 including a 5-2 demolition of Southampton on Boxing Day. But they were out-of-sorts. 6:21PM Pellegrino post-match "I think the team responded really well, we cannot transform this performance in goals and goals is more points but obviously this is the attitude we need to show in the next game. Every single game for us is massive. "We knew even the second half when they play with the diamond, they were always dangerous but I think we had the space in wide areas and in this moment we have had a couple of chances especially on the right. They are an amazing team with top players and they don't need too many action to create problems." 6:12PM Pochettino says the result was fair "It was an even game, a difficult game, the pitch wasn't in the best condition which didn't help but for both teams to play in a good way. Tough game, lots of battles, fighting.  "I don't believe because we struggle a little bit to play. In possession we missed a link to play together, we made a lot of mistakes in possession and allowed them to play a little bit more. I think to win the game, we should do better and play better and our performance wasn't great. "I think we tried to receive in our offensive phase and link better Kane and Son with Dele in behind. It allowed us to be more aggressive in transition and use more our fullbacks going forward. I think we create but the result was fair. "The top four is not easy. We still have the possibility to fight. The fight to survive every ball you can feel they are aggressive, our performance wasn't great, if it was at the level we are normally used to do, our performance wasn't the best. "That is a rumour, I don't want to speak about rumour. I am happy with the players I've got. You know well it's very difficult this transfer window to add a player". 6:08PM Man of the Match  James Ward-Prowse wins Sky Sports' prize and I'd tend to agree with that. Jan Vertonghen was excellent for Spurs too. Dele Alli just doesn't look himself at the moment, as though he's getting frustrated with himself for his own failings and then rushing his play to make up for it. Second season syndrome, except this is third season syndrome. Without alliteration it's not as dramatic sounding. 5:55PM The stats that matter The most important is the score, obviously, but Spurs will look at this and think they should have done much better. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal   5:53PM FULL TIME A fair result in a really scrappy game. 5:52PM 90 mins +4 End to end now. Southampton attack, run out of ideas, Spurs attack and run out of ideas.  5:50PM 90 mins +3 Wanyama tries to be a hero and shoots from 25 yards. It's absolutely dreadful. An X-Factor Christmas number one of a shot. 5:50PM 90 mins +2 Spurs are trying to stay patient as they work the defence. Davies tries a cross from wide left but hits the defending Ward-Prowse. Southampton are in their deep defensive shape, waiting to absorb these attacks and try to break. 5:48PM 90 mins Now Spurs pile on the pressure. Alli goes down in the area off the ball but is up again after an accidental tangle with Stephens. Trippier swings a corner to the back post, it's headed into the six yard box and cleared. Spurs keep the ball, work it quickly in tight areas all the way to Kane on the left! This is it! KANE SHOOTS... wide of the far post on his left foot. So close! 5:46PM 89 mins Southampton keep finding space down the Spurs left! Tadic is in again and he cuts back to Boufal... who should score! But he takes a touch before shooting and is blocked. What a waste!  5:44PM 87 mins Alli seems frustrated. He can't quite reach the ball after his first touch and he knocks Romeu to the floor while trying to get it, Southampton attack. Tadic is played in and controls beautifully on the half turn. He fires a cross into the area and the young lad! THE YOUNG LAD! Has shanked his shot wide. So close to a dream debut for Obafemi.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Michael Obafemi, 87 min)   5:42PM 84 mins The game is really scrappy. Nobody can make a forward pass without it cannoning back off a body in the way.  Spurs attack and manage to get in behind the Southampton defence. Is this it? Kane finds Sissoko, whose pass is blocked, he tries again, and Lamela reacts at the near post... but puts it wide.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Erik Lamela, 84 min) Dembele is replaced by Wanyama, guaranteeing at least one more yellow card worthy challenge in Spurs' midfield. 5:39PM 82 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs  Michael Obafemi comes on for Gabbiadini. He's a 17 year old youth academy graduate. He's going to score, isn't he? 5:38PM 81 mins Waaaaaaaaaaaay. Alli is played in behind the Southampton defence and he must be offside. He must be! And he is. Alli shoots anyway but puts the ball wide of the goal from about three yards, prompting cheers of approval from the home fans. 5:37PM 80 mins Lemina comes off for Steven Davis.  5:34PM 77 mins And here it comes! The ironic cheer as Mousa Dembele is booked. Southampton have a free-kick wide left, Ward-Prowse lines up the set piece and could actually bend this in to either corner if he fancied it. He goes for the cross and it's headed away. This game is getting so frustrating to watch now. It's foul after foul after foul as both teams try to stop the other from playing. A very physical match. 5:31PM 75 mins Dier goes on a 50 yard run across the pitch with the ball and finds Alli, who hits a lame cross to the Southampton defence. Spurs look good everywhere except the final third at the moment, they're really missing Christian Eriksen. 5:29PM 73 mins Aurier has sat down and might have an injury problem. Trippier comes on for him. That might give Spurs a burst of energy they need on the right for the final 20 minutes. 5:27PM 71 mins Spurs attack, find Davies on the left and his cross causes Southampton players to panic in attempts to clear. Kane shifts the ball onto his left foot to shoot but wins only a corner, and McCarthy catches that corner.  Suddenly the ball drops for Dembele on the edge of the box! He shoots, mis-hits and Alli has it in the box. Can he score? No! He's closed down and spins, tries to find Kane... but the chance is gone. Lamela comes on for Son. 5:24PM 68 mins Gabbiadini tries a shot from outside the Spurs box but puts it too close to Vorm again. Erik Lamela is getting ready to come on for Spurs. 5:22PM 66 mins Alli comes to life about 30 yards out, taking the ball on the half turn, striding forward and then firing a shot across goal from near the D. Just wide. Out: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Dele Alli, 65 min) Hojberg comes off for Boufal. 5:20PM 63 mins The referee has to tell off Dier and Tadic for hustling and bustling in the penalty area from a corner. Davies swings it out from the left and Kane tries a volley on his left foot! He kicks the air and Southampton break... but then they lose the ball. Alli carries it into the final third and then he is tackled. And then Gabbiadini is sent through on goal and is offside! Soccer. 5:17PM 61 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   5:17PM 60 mins Dembele carries the ball and has runners left and right but doesn't quite have the pace to get away from his marker and loses possession.  Davies links with Alli to get the ball in the box but the cross is cut out. Romeu is then booked for a sliding challenge on Alli. 5:14PM 57 mins Southampton are starting to open up the pitch with their passing and Spurs want to counter-attack quickly but keep giving the ball away. Sissoko is booked for a foul on Bertrand, arriving late to contest a 50/50.  5:12PM 55 mins I'm looking forward to the huge ironic cheer when Dembele is inevitably booked here. Lemina takes a sore one on the left wing and Sissoko puts the ball out straight away for him. It looks like he'll survive, which is good for everyone involved. Pellegrino talks to Stephens and then Hoedt separately how to adapt to Spurs' new shape. 5:10PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS Gabbiadini goes down under a challenge from Vertonghen but doesn't complain, Southampton keep up the pressure until Spurs can play their way out from the back. Romeu is fouled by Dembele. It's a clear yellow card... I don't understand why he's not been booked yet. The Scott Brown of the Premier League.  5:06PM 50 mins Stephens is booked for a shirt pull on Kane, which is probably the right call. Ward-Prowse takes an early shot at goal when he might be away... Vorm saves. It's pretty end to end so far. Son is playing more through the middle in this half, quite close to Kane.  5:06PM 48 mins Spurs attack through the middle and straight away Son is nearly sent clean in on goal. The ball is moved back towards the goalkeeper and he isn't steady on his feet, having to get rid of the ball as soon as he can. Vertonghen then has to use pace and strength to make sure Southampton don't get in behind at the other end. Great defending. 5:02PM KICK-OFF 2 Spurs start the second half. 5:01PM Some half time stats Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal Southampton vs Spurs   4:46PM HALF TIME A fair result so far but Spurs still look like the better side here. Southampton have had their chances, Spurs seem capable of upping their level if they want to. 4:45PM 45 mins Kane takes down a cross from the left and has a half chance to shoot inside the area... but a defender's foot catches his and takes the ball.  4:42PM 42 mins Southampton have men over now! They're playing really well here and work a chance for Lemina, who places his shot just slightly too close to the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Mario Lemina, 41 min) Southampton's long passes from right to left look like they're causing Spurs a lot of bother. Aurier and Sanchez happen to be defending that side.  4:23PM 23 mins Tadic floats a chip to the back post when the shot is on and Spurs' giant centre-backs head it away for another corner. Ward-Prowse whips it in but Vorm punches away. 4:21PM 22 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   4:21PM 21 mins Almost immediately after kick-off Alli bursts into the box and it looks like Kane is open for a tap in... but Alli is tackled for another corner. Southampton defend this one much better. Ward-Prowse delivers from the right but Vertonghen reacts best to the danger and puts it behind. The referee has to tell off Sanchez, Hoedt and Vorm as they shove each other. 4:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Who else but Harry Kane? It's his 99th Premier League goal. Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Harry Kane, 18 min) Southampton haven't looked great at set pieces and Kane uses his strength to hold off and then jump higher than Southampton's defence from the corner. 4:18PM 18 mins Dier hits the post! Almost an instant reply from Spurs as a corner is headed down by Vertonghen and then drilled at goal by Dier. Spurs win another corner. 4:16PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! An own goal from Davinson Sanchez! Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Just as I'm typing that he's not quite on his game, he slides in to deal with a cross at the six yard box and ends up deflecting it into his own net. He's really unlucky but Southampton deserve their lead. 4:14PM 15 mins Sanchez isn't quite on his game yet. He's made a couple of mistakes off and on the ball and has just handed possession straight to Southampton here. They're on the attack. 4:13PM 13 mins Credit: AP   4:12PM 12 mins That should be 1-0. Lemina plays Kane onside, the centre-backs don't realise and Alli has the entire box to run into. The ball is crossed in and he can't get enough on his header. Corner. 4:11PM 11 mins Dier tries a long ball into the box for Alli, who very nearly takes it down on his knee with his back to goal. His touch is a little off and Southampton can take the ball forward. Ward-Prowse is played in down the right with a great pass over the top of a defender, and his delivery is brilliant! But nobody reads it. Tadic follows up on the other flank and drills a low ball into the six yard box... but Gabbiadini can't reach it.  4:09PM 9 mins Southampton are attacking but Spurs keep breaking up play before anything too dangerous happens. Ward-Prowse tries a wonderstrike from 25 yards but slices his effort miles wide. Spurs work their way forward, Alli sprints to space at the back post and Aurier swings a cross in, but doesn't get enough lift and it's put behind for a corner.  4:05PM 6 mins Another chance for Southampton. Hojberg wins the ball from Son, hits a long pass out left and Tadic is there. He slides a pass across the area... and Gabbiadini doesn't seem to commit to the shot, and rather than sliding in, swings a boot at thin air. 4:03PM 3 mins Great run by Sissoko as he sprints from deep into the box and Aurier finds him with a smart pass round the corner of the full-back. Southampton win the ball back. 4:01PM 1 mins The Saints get the ball forward quickly, Gabbiadini turns Sanchez and shoots from 20 yards but Vorm saves. Attacking start! 4:00PM KICK-OFF Southampton get the game started! 3:56PM Here come the players They're out on the pitch in the rain. It's cold. It's wet. AND IT'S LIVE!   Credit: REUTERS   3:46PM Pochettino on Southampton "They stay at home in London and try to recover. I think yes, 100 per cent they feel well, maybe some players have some problems the last few days but no excuse we are going to try to play our best, to play well and win because the victory is important. It will be tough for both teams. "It's always special after five years it was today or yesterday we made our debut here against Everton, it will always be in my heart a special place for me and my family." 3:38PM Southampton want to buy two players And with £50million to spend on both, you'd think they'll be good. But who are these mysterious men? Jeremy Wilson has all the information here. 3:21PM Ben Davies says Denmark is why he's good at football Want to know more? You should read this and find out. 3:11PM It is not a nice day Credit: GETTY IMAGES The good thing is that since this isn't the 90s, the pitch will still be entirely playable and probably a bit quicker than normal. That will suit Spurs' passing game and might also mean that defenders are granted super power slide tackles and can glide along the floor for miles to win the ball back.  3:06PM No Lloris or Eriksen Both Huge and Christian, as they like to be called, are ill and miss out today. A big chance for the reserves to impress! If you can call them reserves, that is.  3:01PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to our liveblog for Southampton vs Spurs, where Mauricio Pochettino pays a visit to the stadium where first he made his name known in the Premier League. The Saints are doing absolutely fine at the moment which makes sense but isn't great news for their current manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, since Southampton seem to believe that even though they keep selling their best players, they should be progressing on the pitch. Spurs are in their traditional mid-season run of good form and Harry Kane is banging in goals all over the place. With Marco Silva suddenly available, it's not insane to suggest that Pellegrino might actually need his team to give an impressive performance - if not get a result - for him to keep his job. The Premier League is getting silly. Enough speculation. Who's actually playing today? Southampton Team news is in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to take on #THFC at St Mary's in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/CezUnwCJ6p— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 21, 2018 Spurs #THFC: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Kane (C). #COYSpic.twitter.com/FAJwpW5fp4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 21, 2018

Southampton 1 Tottenham 1: Harry Kane's 99th Premier League goal not enough for flu-affected Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur were laid low by a flu virus and then caught a cold as they were held to a draw by relegation-threatened Southampton despite Harry Kane moving to within one goal of his Premier League century. It was a frustrating result that means Spurs could fall five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp’s side win away to Swansea City on Monday evening, putting them in very real danger of missing out on Champions League qualification. The score-line does not, truly, help Southampton either as they remain in the bottom three and a point behind 17th place Stoke City. But they showed enough fight – and went agonisingly close to winning – to probably help manager Mauricio Pellegrino survive. At least a little longer. Afterwards Spurs midfielder Eric Dier claimed the race for the top four will “go down to the wire” but with his side’s next three league opponents being Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal these were points they could not afford to drop. And neither were they expected to. The Spurs squad were in Barcelona for warm weather training last week with captain Hugo Lloris and play-maker Christian Eriksen ruled out of this fixture because they were suffering from flu. Other players were affected and although manager Mauricio Pochettino later refused to say who, and stated it had not affected the performance, they were collectively below-par in a rain-sodden “battle” of an encounter. Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Kane, though, had the chance late on to claim his 100th league goal, and the headlines once again, but dragged his low shot across goal and wide from a tight angle. A defeat would have been extremely tough on Southampton who had chances of their own and moments before Kane’s effort there was an even clearer opportunity for 17-year-old substitute Michael Obafemi, who had come on to make his debut, but who miscued badly in front of goal after meeting a Dusan Tadic cross. That again highlighted Southampton’s weakness up front and Pellegrino is desperately hoping that reinforcements will soon arrive, using the money brought in by the £75million sale of Virgil Van Dijk, and moves are being made for the £50million pair of Monaco’s Guido Carrillo and Spartak Moscow Quincy Promes. But the club’s hierarchy will also know that they have lost nine points now from leading positions at home - and that is more than any other other Premier League team. Damningly it is 11 league games without a win. Kane's equaliser was his 99th Premier League goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Southampton were gifted the lead here, making a slick start which was capped when captain Ryan Bertrand overlapped down the left to collect Tadic’s measured pass and crossed low into the penalty area. The ball had already ricocheted around the Spurs box and this time Davinson Sanchez attempted to take more decisive action by intercepting – only to slide in, toe-poking the ball goal-wards with it rebounding off the near post and squirting over the line to beat the stranded, stand-in goalkeeper, Michel Vorm. It provoked a furious response. Dier drove a low shot against the outside of the post, after the ball broke to him from a corner with Bertrand denying Dele Alli as he attempted to turn, and then from another Ben Davies corner Kane simply brushed aside his marker, Jack Stephens, rose above Manolo Gabbiadini, and thumped a header emphatically into the net. The lead has lasted just 197 seconds. It remained remarkably open. Both teams felt they had to win, for their contrasting reasons, and Spurs almost claimed the lead when Davies drove the ball powerfully across the area and Moussa Sissoko side-footed a volley from inside the six-yard area that just flew wide. Southampton also went close when Stephens met a superb, in-swinging free-kick by James Ward-Prowse – and few English players deliver a more threatening set-piece - but the defender could not keep his header down with the ball skimming narrowly over the bar. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal More chances came although eventually the stickiness of the pitch, the bone-jarring effort, slowed the game down while Spurs sorely lacked the clever guile of Eriksen to unpick their opponents. Nevertheless Alli and Kane went close and then Sissoko fought for possession, squaring to substitute Erik Lamela who poked a close-range shot that seemed destined to find the net but for Stephens’ lunge to deflect it wide. Could Southampton capitalise? The crowd roared them on – there were certainly no signs of dissent towards Pellegrino – and Sanchez did well to block a shot from Sofiane Boufal as he ran onto the area before another replacement, Obafemi, signed from Leyton Orient’s academy, had his chance. But they could not find the breakthrough as the ball skimmed off his boot. And neither, despite five minutes of added time, could Spurs who had come into this match having collected 13 points from a possible 15 including a 5-2 demolition of Southampton on Boxing Day. But they were out-of-sorts. 6:21PM Pellegrino post-match "I think the team responded really well, we cannot transform this performance in goals and goals is more points but obviously this is the attitude we need to show in the next game. Every single game for us is massive. "We knew even the second half when they play with the diamond, they were always dangerous but I think we had the space in wide areas and in this moment we have had a couple of chances especially on the right. They are an amazing team with top players and they don't need too many action to create problems." 6:12PM Pochettino says the result was fair "It was an even game, a difficult game, the pitch wasn't in the best condition which didn't help but for both teams to play in a good way. Tough game, lots of battles, fighting.  "I don't believe because we struggle a little bit to play. In possession we missed a link to play together, we made a lot of mistakes in possession and allowed them to play a little bit more. I think to win the game, we should do better and play better and our performance wasn't great. "I think we tried to receive in our offensive phase and link better Kane and Son with Dele in behind. It allowed us to be more aggressive in transition and use more our fullbacks going forward. I think we create but the result was fair. "The top four is not easy. We still have the possibility to fight. The fight to survive every ball you can feel they are aggressive, our performance wasn't great, if it was at the level we are normally used to do, our performance wasn't the best. "That is a rumour, I don't want to speak about rumour. I am happy with the players I've got. You know well it's very difficult this transfer window to add a player". 6:08PM Man of the Match  James Ward-Prowse wins Sky Sports' prize and I'd tend to agree with that. Jan Vertonghen was excellent for Spurs too. Dele Alli just doesn't look himself at the moment, as though he's getting frustrated with himself for his own failings and then rushing his play to make up for it. Second season syndrome, except this is third season syndrome. Without alliteration it's not as dramatic sounding. 5:55PM The stats that matter The most important is the score, obviously, but Spurs will look at this and think they should have done much better. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal   5:53PM FULL TIME A fair result in a really scrappy game. 5:52PM 90 mins +4 End to end now. Southampton attack, run out of ideas, Spurs attack and run out of ideas.  5:50PM 90 mins +3 Wanyama tries to be a hero and shoots from 25 yards. It's absolutely dreadful. An X-Factor Christmas number one of a shot. 5:50PM 90 mins +2 Spurs are trying to stay patient as they work the defence. Davies tries a cross from wide left but hits the defending Ward-Prowse. Southampton are in their deep defensive shape, waiting to absorb these attacks and try to break. 5:48PM 90 mins Now Spurs pile on the pressure. Alli goes down in the area off the ball but is up again after an accidental tangle with Stephens. Trippier swings a corner to the back post, it's headed into the six yard box and cleared. Spurs keep the ball, work it quickly in tight areas all the way to Kane on the left! This is it! KANE SHOOTS... wide of the far post on his left foot. So close! 5:46PM 89 mins Southampton keep finding space down the Spurs left! Tadic is in again and he cuts back to Boufal... who should score! But he takes a touch before shooting and is blocked. What a waste!  5:44PM 87 mins Alli seems frustrated. He can't quite reach the ball after his first touch and he knocks Romeu to the floor while trying to get it, Southampton attack. Tadic is played in and controls beautifully on the half turn. He fires a cross into the area and the young lad! THE YOUNG LAD! Has shanked his shot wide. So close to a dream debut for Obafemi.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Michael Obafemi, 87 min)   5:42PM 84 mins The game is really scrappy. Nobody can make a forward pass without it cannoning back off a body in the way.  Spurs attack and manage to get in behind the Southampton defence. Is this it? Kane finds Sissoko, whose pass is blocked, he tries again, and Lamela reacts at the near post... but puts it wide.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Erik Lamela, 84 min) Dembele is replaced by Wanyama, guaranteeing at least one more yellow card worthy challenge in Spurs' midfield. 5:39PM 82 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs  Michael Obafemi comes on for Gabbiadini. He's a 17 year old youth academy graduate. He's going to score, isn't he? 5:38PM 81 mins Waaaaaaaaaaaay. Alli is played in behind the Southampton defence and he must be offside. He must be! And he is. Alli shoots anyway but puts the ball wide of the goal from about three yards, prompting cheers of approval from the home fans. 5:37PM 80 mins Lemina comes off for Steven Davis.  5:34PM 77 mins And here it comes! The ironic cheer as Mousa Dembele is booked. Southampton have a free-kick wide left, Ward-Prowse lines up the set piece and could actually bend this in to either corner if he fancied it. He goes for the cross and it's headed away. This game is getting so frustrating to watch now. It's foul after foul after foul as both teams try to stop the other from playing. A very physical match. 5:31PM 75 mins Dier goes on a 50 yard run across the pitch with the ball and finds Alli, who hits a lame cross to the Southampton defence. Spurs look good everywhere except the final third at the moment, they're really missing Christian Eriksen. 5:29PM 73 mins Aurier has sat down and might have an injury problem. Trippier comes on for him. That might give Spurs a burst of energy they need on the right for the final 20 minutes. 5:27PM 71 mins Spurs attack, find Davies on the left and his cross causes Southampton players to panic in attempts to clear. Kane shifts the ball onto his left foot to shoot but wins only a corner, and McCarthy catches that corner.  Suddenly the ball drops for Dembele on the edge of the box! He shoots, mis-hits and Alli has it in the box. Can he score? No! He's closed down and spins, tries to find Kane... but the chance is gone. Lamela comes on for Son. 5:24PM 68 mins Gabbiadini tries a shot from outside the Spurs box but puts it too close to Vorm again. Erik Lamela is getting ready to come on for Spurs. 5:22PM 66 mins Alli comes to life about 30 yards out, taking the ball on the half turn, striding forward and then firing a shot across goal from near the D. Just wide. Out: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Dele Alli, 65 min) Hojberg comes off for Boufal. 5:20PM 63 mins The referee has to tell off Dier and Tadic for hustling and bustling in the penalty area from a corner. Davies swings it out from the left and Kane tries a volley on his left foot! He kicks the air and Southampton break... but then they lose the ball. Alli carries it into the final third and then he is tackled. And then Gabbiadini is sent through on goal and is offside! Soccer. 5:17PM 61 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   5:17PM 60 mins Dembele carries the ball and has runners left and right but doesn't quite have the pace to get away from his marker and loses possession.  Davies links with Alli to get the ball in the box but the cross is cut out. Romeu is then booked for a sliding challenge on Alli. 5:14PM 57 mins Southampton are starting to open up the pitch with their passing and Spurs want to counter-attack quickly but keep giving the ball away. Sissoko is booked for a foul on Bertrand, arriving late to contest a 50/50.  5:12PM 55 mins I'm looking forward to the huge ironic cheer when Dembele is inevitably booked here. Lemina takes a sore one on the left wing and Sissoko puts the ball out straight away for him. It looks like he'll survive, which is good for everyone involved. Pellegrino talks to Stephens and then Hoedt separately how to adapt to Spurs' new shape. 5:10PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS Gabbiadini goes down under a challenge from Vertonghen but doesn't complain, Southampton keep up the pressure until Spurs can play their way out from the back. Romeu is fouled by Dembele. It's a clear yellow card... I don't understand why he's not been booked yet. The Scott Brown of the Premier League.  5:06PM 50 mins Stephens is booked for a shirt pull on Kane, which is probably the right call. Ward-Prowse takes an early shot at goal when he might be away... Vorm saves. It's pretty end to end so far. Son is playing more through the middle in this half, quite close to Kane.  5:06PM 48 mins Spurs attack through the middle and straight away Son is nearly sent clean in on goal. The ball is moved back towards the goalkeeper and he isn't steady on his feet, having to get rid of the ball as soon as he can. Vertonghen then has to use pace and strength to make sure Southampton don't get in behind at the other end. Great defending. 5:02PM KICK-OFF 2 Spurs start the second half. 5:01PM Some half time stats Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal Southampton vs Spurs   4:46PM HALF TIME A fair result so far but Spurs still look like the better side here. Southampton have had their chances, Spurs seem capable of upping their level if they want to. 4:45PM 45 mins Kane takes down a cross from the left and has a half chance to shoot inside the area... but a defender's foot catches his and takes the ball.  4:42PM 42 mins Southampton have men over now! They're playing really well here and work a chance for Lemina, who places his shot just slightly too close to the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Mario Lemina, 41 min) Southampton's long passes from right to left look like they're causing Spurs a lot of bother. Aurier and Sanchez happen to be defending that side.  4:23PM 23 mins Tadic floats a chip to the back post when the shot is on and Spurs' giant centre-backs head it away for another corner. Ward-Prowse whips it in but Vorm punches away. 4:21PM 22 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   4:21PM 21 mins Almost immediately after kick-off Alli bursts into the box and it looks like Kane is open for a tap in... but Alli is tackled for another corner. Southampton defend this one much better. Ward-Prowse delivers from the right but Vertonghen reacts best to the danger and puts it behind. The referee has to tell off Sanchez, Hoedt and Vorm as they shove each other. 4:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Who else but Harry Kane? It's his 99th Premier League goal. Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Harry Kane, 18 min) Southampton haven't looked great at set pieces and Kane uses his strength to hold off and then jump higher than Southampton's defence from the corner. 4:18PM 18 mins Dier hits the post! Almost an instant reply from Spurs as a corner is headed down by Vertonghen and then drilled at goal by Dier. Spurs win another corner. 4:16PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! An own goal from Davinson Sanchez! Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Just as I'm typing that he's not quite on his game, he slides in to deal with a cross at the six yard box and ends up deflecting it into his own net. He's really unlucky but Southampton deserve their lead. 4:14PM 15 mins Sanchez isn't quite on his game yet. He's made a couple of mistakes off and on the ball and has just handed possession straight to Southampton here. They're on the attack. 4:13PM 13 mins Credit: AP   4:12PM 12 mins That should be 1-0. Lemina plays Kane onside, the centre-backs don't realise and Alli has the entire box to run into. The ball is crossed in and he can't get enough on his header. Corner. 4:11PM 11 mins Dier tries a long ball into the box for Alli, who very nearly takes it down on his knee with his back to goal. His touch is a little off and Southampton can take the ball forward. Ward-Prowse is played in down the right with a great pass over the top of a defender, and his delivery is brilliant! But nobody reads it. Tadic follows up on the other flank and drills a low ball into the six yard box... but Gabbiadini can't reach it.  4:09PM 9 mins Southampton are attacking but Spurs keep breaking up play before anything too dangerous happens. Ward-Prowse tries a wonderstrike from 25 yards but slices his effort miles wide. Spurs work their way forward, Alli sprints to space at the back post and Aurier swings a cross in, but doesn't get enough lift and it's put behind for a corner.  4:05PM 6 mins Another chance for Southampton. Hojberg wins the ball from Son, hits a long pass out left and Tadic is there. He slides a pass across the area... and Gabbiadini doesn't seem to commit to the shot, and rather than sliding in, swings a boot at thin air. 4:03PM 3 mins Great run by Sissoko as he sprints from deep into the box and Aurier finds him with a smart pass round the corner of the full-back. Southampton win the ball back. 4:01PM 1 mins The Saints get the ball forward quickly, Gabbiadini turns Sanchez and shoots from 20 yards but Vorm saves. Attacking start! 4:00PM KICK-OFF Southampton get the game started! 3:56PM Here come the players They're out on the pitch in the rain. It's cold. It's wet. AND IT'S LIVE!   Credit: REUTERS   3:46PM Pochettino on Southampton "They stay at home in London and try to recover. I think yes, 100 per cent they feel well, maybe some players have some problems the last few days but no excuse we are going to try to play our best, to play well and win because the victory is important. It will be tough for both teams. "It's always special after five years it was today or yesterday we made our debut here against Everton, it will always be in my heart a special place for me and my family." 3:38PM Southampton want to buy two players And with £50million to spend on both, you'd think they'll be good. But who are these mysterious men? Jeremy Wilson has all the information here. 3:21PM Ben Davies says Denmark is why he's good at football Want to know more? You should read this and find out. 3:11PM It is not a nice day Credit: GETTY IMAGES The good thing is that since this isn't the 90s, the pitch will still be entirely playable and probably a bit quicker than normal. That will suit Spurs' passing game and might also mean that defenders are granted super power slide tackles and can glide along the floor for miles to win the ball back.  3:06PM No Lloris or Eriksen Both Huge and Christian, as they like to be called, are ill and miss out today. A big chance for the reserves to impress! If you can call them reserves, that is.  3:01PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to our liveblog for Southampton vs Spurs, where Mauricio Pochettino pays a visit to the stadium where first he made his name known in the Premier League. The Saints are doing absolutely fine at the moment which makes sense but isn't great news for their current manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, since Southampton seem to believe that even though they keep selling their best players, they should be progressing on the pitch. Spurs are in their traditional mid-season run of good form and Harry Kane is banging in goals all over the place. With Marco Silva suddenly available, it's not insane to suggest that Pellegrino might actually need his team to give an impressive performance - if not get a result - for him to keep his job. The Premier League is getting silly. Enough speculation. Who's actually playing today? Southampton Team news is in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to take on #THFC at St Mary's in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/CezUnwCJ6p— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 21, 2018 Spurs #THFC: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Kane (C). #COYSpic.twitter.com/FAJwpW5fp4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 21, 2018

Southampton 1 Tottenham 1: Harry Kane's 99th Premier League goal not enough for flu-affected Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur were laid low by a flu virus and then caught a cold as they were held to a draw by relegation-threatened Southampton despite Harry Kane moving to within one goal of his Premier League century. It was a frustrating result that means Spurs could fall five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp’s side win away to Swansea City on Monday evening, putting them in very real danger of missing out on Champions League qualification. The score-line does not, truly, help Southampton either as they remain in the bottom three and a point behind 17th place Stoke City. But they showed enough fight – and went agonisingly close to winning – to probably help manager Mauricio Pellegrino survive. At least a little longer. Afterwards Spurs midfielder Eric Dier claimed the race for the top four will “go down to the wire” but with his side’s next three league opponents being Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal these were points they could not afford to drop. And neither were they expected to. The Spurs squad were in Barcelona for warm weather training last week with captain Hugo Lloris and play-maker Christian Eriksen ruled out of this fixture because they were suffering from flu. Other players were affected and although manager Mauricio Pochettino later refused to say who, and stated it had not affected the performance, they were collectively below-par in a rain-sodden “battle” of an encounter. Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Kane, though, had the chance late on to claim his 100th league goal, and the headlines once again, but dragged his low shot across goal and wide from a tight angle. A defeat would have been extremely tough on Southampton who had chances of their own and moments before Kane’s effort there was an even clearer opportunity for 17-year-old substitute Michael Obafemi, who had come on to make his debut, but who miscued badly in front of goal after meeting a Dusan Tadic cross. That again highlighted Southampton’s weakness up front and Pellegrino is desperately hoping that reinforcements will soon arrive, using the money brought in by the £75million sale of Virgil Van Dijk, and moves are being made for the £50million pair of Monaco’s Guido Carrillo and Spartak Moscow Quincy Promes. But the club’s hierarchy will also know that they have lost nine points now from leading positions at home - and that is more than any other other Premier League team. Damningly it is 11 league games without a win. Kane's equaliser was his 99th Premier League goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Southampton were gifted the lead here, making a slick start which was capped when captain Ryan Bertrand overlapped down the left to collect Tadic’s measured pass and crossed low into the penalty area. The ball had already ricocheted around the Spurs box and this time Davinson Sanchez attempted to take more decisive action by intercepting – only to slide in, toe-poking the ball goal-wards with it rebounding off the near post and squirting over the line to beat the stranded, stand-in goalkeeper, Michel Vorm. It provoked a furious response. Dier drove a low shot against the outside of the post, after the ball broke to him from a corner with Bertrand denying Dele Alli as he attempted to turn, and then from another Ben Davies corner Kane simply brushed aside his marker, Jack Stephens, rose above Manolo Gabbiadini, and thumped a header emphatically into the net. The lead has lasted just 197 seconds. It remained remarkably open. Both teams felt they had to win, for their contrasting reasons, and Spurs almost claimed the lead when Davies drove the ball powerfully across the area and Moussa Sissoko side-footed a volley from inside the six-yard area that just flew wide. Southampton also went close when Stephens met a superb, in-swinging free-kick by James Ward-Prowse – and few English players deliver a more threatening set-piece - but the defender could not keep his header down with the ball skimming narrowly over the bar. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal More chances came although eventually the stickiness of the pitch, the bone-jarring effort, slowed the game down while Spurs sorely lacked the clever guile of Eriksen to unpick their opponents. Nevertheless Alli and Kane went close and then Sissoko fought for possession, squaring to substitute Erik Lamela who poked a close-range shot that seemed destined to find the net but for Stephens’ lunge to deflect it wide. Could Southampton capitalise? The crowd roared them on – there were certainly no signs of dissent towards Pellegrino – and Sanchez did well to block a shot from Sofiane Boufal as he ran onto the area before another replacement, Obafemi, signed from Leyton Orient’s academy, had his chance. But they could not find the breakthrough as the ball skimmed off his boot. And neither, despite five minutes of added time, could Spurs who had come into this match having collected 13 points from a possible 15 including a 5-2 demolition of Southampton on Boxing Day. But they were out-of-sorts. 6:21PM Pellegrino post-match "I think the team responded really well, we cannot transform this performance in goals and goals is more points but obviously this is the attitude we need to show in the next game. Every single game for us is massive. "We knew even the second half when they play with the diamond, they were always dangerous but I think we had the space in wide areas and in this moment we have had a couple of chances especially on the right. They are an amazing team with top players and they don't need too many action to create problems." 6:12PM Pochettino says the result was fair "It was an even game, a difficult game, the pitch wasn't in the best condition which didn't help but for both teams to play in a good way. Tough game, lots of battles, fighting.  "I don't believe because we struggle a little bit to play. In possession we missed a link to play together, we made a lot of mistakes in possession and allowed them to play a little bit more. I think to win the game, we should do better and play better and our performance wasn't great. "I think we tried to receive in our offensive phase and link better Kane and Son with Dele in behind. It allowed us to be more aggressive in transition and use more our fullbacks going forward. I think we create but the result was fair. "The top four is not easy. We still have the possibility to fight. The fight to survive every ball you can feel they are aggressive, our performance wasn't great, if it was at the level we are normally used to do, our performance wasn't the best. "That is a rumour, I don't want to speak about rumour. I am happy with the players I've got. You know well it's very difficult this transfer window to add a player". 6:08PM Man of the Match  James Ward-Prowse wins Sky Sports' prize and I'd tend to agree with that. Jan Vertonghen was excellent for Spurs too. Dele Alli just doesn't look himself at the moment, as though he's getting frustrated with himself for his own failings and then rushing his play to make up for it. Second season syndrome, except this is third season syndrome. Without alliteration it's not as dramatic sounding. 5:55PM The stats that matter The most important is the score, obviously, but Spurs will look at this and think they should have done much better. Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal   5:53PM FULL TIME A fair result in a really scrappy game. 5:52PM 90 mins +4 End to end now. Southampton attack, run out of ideas, Spurs attack and run out of ideas.  5:50PM 90 mins +3 Wanyama tries to be a hero and shoots from 25 yards. It's absolutely dreadful. An X-Factor Christmas number one of a shot. 5:50PM 90 mins +2 Spurs are trying to stay patient as they work the defence. Davies tries a cross from wide left but hits the defending Ward-Prowse. Southampton are in their deep defensive shape, waiting to absorb these attacks and try to break. 5:48PM 90 mins Now Spurs pile on the pressure. Alli goes down in the area off the ball but is up again after an accidental tangle with Stephens. Trippier swings a corner to the back post, it's headed into the six yard box and cleared. Spurs keep the ball, work it quickly in tight areas all the way to Kane on the left! This is it! KANE SHOOTS... wide of the far post on his left foot. So close! 5:46PM 89 mins Southampton keep finding space down the Spurs left! Tadic is in again and he cuts back to Boufal... who should score! But he takes a touch before shooting and is blocked. What a waste!  5:44PM 87 mins Alli seems frustrated. He can't quite reach the ball after his first touch and he knocks Romeu to the floor while trying to get it, Southampton attack. Tadic is played in and controls beautifully on the half turn. He fires a cross into the area and the young lad! THE YOUNG LAD! Has shanked his shot wide. So close to a dream debut for Obafemi.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Michael Obafemi, 87 min)   5:42PM 84 mins The game is really scrappy. Nobody can make a forward pass without it cannoning back off a body in the way.  Spurs attack and manage to get in behind the Southampton defence. Is this it? Kane finds Sissoko, whose pass is blocked, he tries again, and Lamela reacts at the near post... but puts it wide.  Miss: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Erik Lamela, 84 min) Dembele is replaced by Wanyama, guaranteeing at least one more yellow card worthy challenge in Spurs' midfield. 5:39PM 82 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs  Michael Obafemi comes on for Gabbiadini. He's a 17 year old youth academy graduate. He's going to score, isn't he? 5:38PM 81 mins Waaaaaaaaaaaay. Alli is played in behind the Southampton defence and he must be offside. He must be! And he is. Alli shoots anyway but puts the ball wide of the goal from about three yards, prompting cheers of approval from the home fans. 5:37PM 80 mins Lemina comes off for Steven Davis.  5:34PM 77 mins And here it comes! The ironic cheer as Mousa Dembele is booked. Southampton have a free-kick wide left, Ward-Prowse lines up the set piece and could actually bend this in to either corner if he fancied it. He goes for the cross and it's headed away. This game is getting so frustrating to watch now. It's foul after foul after foul as both teams try to stop the other from playing. A very physical match. 5:31PM 75 mins Dier goes on a 50 yard run across the pitch with the ball and finds Alli, who hits a lame cross to the Southampton defence. Spurs look good everywhere except the final third at the moment, they're really missing Christian Eriksen. 5:29PM 73 mins Aurier has sat down and might have an injury problem. Trippier comes on for him. That might give Spurs a burst of energy they need on the right for the final 20 minutes. 5:27PM 71 mins Spurs attack, find Davies on the left and his cross causes Southampton players to panic in attempts to clear. Kane shifts the ball onto his left foot to shoot but wins only a corner, and McCarthy catches that corner.  Suddenly the ball drops for Dembele on the edge of the box! He shoots, mis-hits and Alli has it in the box. Can he score? No! He's closed down and spins, tries to find Kane... but the chance is gone. Lamela comes on for Son. 5:24PM 68 mins Gabbiadini tries a shot from outside the Spurs box but puts it too close to Vorm again. Erik Lamela is getting ready to come on for Spurs. 5:22PM 66 mins Alli comes to life about 30 yards out, taking the ball on the half turn, striding forward and then firing a shot across goal from near the D. Just wide. Out: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Dele Alli, 65 min) Hojberg comes off for Boufal. 5:20PM 63 mins The referee has to tell off Dier and Tadic for hustling and bustling in the penalty area from a corner. Davies swings it out from the left and Kane tries a volley on his left foot! He kicks the air and Southampton break... but then they lose the ball. Alli carries it into the final third and then he is tackled. And then Gabbiadini is sent through on goal and is offside! Soccer. 5:17PM 61 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   5:17PM 60 mins Dembele carries the ball and has runners left and right but doesn't quite have the pace to get away from his marker and loses possession.  Davies links with Alli to get the ball in the box but the cross is cut out. Romeu is then booked for a sliding challenge on Alli. 5:14PM 57 mins Southampton are starting to open up the pitch with their passing and Spurs want to counter-attack quickly but keep giving the ball away. Sissoko is booked for a foul on Bertrand, arriving late to contest a 50/50.  5:12PM 55 mins I'm looking forward to the huge ironic cheer when Dembele is inevitably booked here. Lemina takes a sore one on the left wing and Sissoko puts the ball out straight away for him. It looks like he'll survive, which is good for everyone involved. Pellegrino talks to Stephens and then Hoedt separately how to adapt to Spurs' new shape. 5:10PM 53 mins Credit: REUTERS Gabbiadini goes down under a challenge from Vertonghen but doesn't complain, Southampton keep up the pressure until Spurs can play their way out from the back. Romeu is fouled by Dembele. It's a clear yellow card... I don't understand why he's not been booked yet. The Scott Brown of the Premier League.  5:06PM 50 mins Stephens is booked for a shirt pull on Kane, which is probably the right call. Ward-Prowse takes an early shot at goal when he might be away... Vorm saves. It's pretty end to end so far. Son is playing more through the middle in this half, quite close to Kane.  5:06PM 48 mins Spurs attack through the middle and straight away Son is nearly sent clean in on goal. The ball is moved back towards the goalkeeper and he isn't steady on his feet, having to get rid of the ball as soon as he can. Vertonghen then has to use pace and strength to make sure Southampton don't get in behind at the other end. Great defending. 5:02PM KICK-OFF 2 Spurs start the second half. 5:01PM Some half time stats Southampton vs Spurs shots on goal Southampton vs Spurs   4:46PM HALF TIME A fair result so far but Spurs still look like the better side here. Southampton have had their chances, Spurs seem capable of upping their level if they want to. 4:45PM 45 mins Kane takes down a cross from the left and has a half chance to shoot inside the area... but a defender's foot catches his and takes the ball.  4:42PM 42 mins Southampton have men over now! They're playing really well here and work a chance for Lemina, who places his shot just slightly too close to the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Mario Lemina, 41 min) Southampton's long passes from right to left look like they're causing Spurs a lot of bother. Aurier and Sanchez happen to be defending that side.  4:23PM 23 mins Tadic floats a chip to the back post when the shot is on and Spurs' giant centre-backs head it away for another corner. Ward-Prowse whips it in but Vorm punches away. 4:21PM 22 mins Possession: Southampton vs Spurs   4:21PM 21 mins Almost immediately after kick-off Alli bursts into the box and it looks like Kane is open for a tap in... but Alli is tackled for another corner. Southampton defend this one much better. Ward-Prowse delivers from the right but Vertonghen reacts best to the danger and puts it behind. The referee has to tell off Sanchez, Hoedt and Vorm as they shove each other. 4:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Who else but Harry Kane? It's his 99th Premier League goal. Southampton 1 - 1 Spurs (Harry Kane, 18 min) Southampton haven't looked great at set pieces and Kane uses his strength to hold off and then jump higher than Southampton's defence from the corner. 4:18PM 18 mins Dier hits the post! Almost an instant reply from Spurs as a corner is headed down by Vertonghen and then drilled at goal by Dier. Spurs win another corner. 4:16PM GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL! An own goal from Davinson Sanchez! Southampton 1 - 0 Spurs (Davinson Sánchez, 15 min) Just as I'm typing that he's not quite on his game, he slides in to deal with a cross at the six yard box and ends up deflecting it into his own net. He's really unlucky but Southampton deserve their lead. 4:14PM 15 mins Sanchez isn't quite on his game yet. He's made a couple of mistakes off and on the ball and has just handed possession straight to Southampton here. They're on the attack. 4:13PM 13 mins Credit: AP   4:12PM 12 mins That should be 1-0. Lemina plays Kane onside, the centre-backs don't realise and Alli has the entire box to run into. The ball is crossed in and he can't get enough on his header. Corner. 4:11PM 11 mins Dier tries a long ball into the box for Alli, who very nearly takes it down on his knee with his back to goal. His touch is a little off and Southampton can take the ball forward. Ward-Prowse is played in down the right with a great pass over the top of a defender, and his delivery is brilliant! But nobody reads it. Tadic follows up on the other flank and drills a low ball into the six yard box... but Gabbiadini can't reach it.  4:09PM 9 mins Southampton are attacking but Spurs keep breaking up play before anything too dangerous happens. Ward-Prowse tries a wonderstrike from 25 yards but slices his effort miles wide. Spurs work their way forward, Alli sprints to space at the back post and Aurier swings a cross in, but doesn't get enough lift and it's put behind for a corner.  4:05PM 6 mins Another chance for Southampton. Hojberg wins the ball from Son, hits a long pass out left and Tadic is there. He slides a pass across the area... and Gabbiadini doesn't seem to commit to the shot, and rather than sliding in, swings a boot at thin air. 4:03PM 3 mins Great run by Sissoko as he sprints from deep into the box and Aurier finds him with a smart pass round the corner of the full-back. Southampton win the ball back. 4:01PM 1 mins The Saints get the ball forward quickly, Gabbiadini turns Sanchez and shoots from 20 yards but Vorm saves. Attacking start! 4:00PM KICK-OFF Southampton get the game started! 3:56PM Here come the players They're out on the pitch in the rain. It's cold. It's wet. AND IT'S LIVE!   Credit: REUTERS   3:46PM Pochettino on Southampton "They stay at home in London and try to recover. I think yes, 100 per cent they feel well, maybe some players have some problems the last few days but no excuse we are going to try to play our best, to play well and win because the victory is important. It will be tough for both teams. "It's always special after five years it was today or yesterday we made our debut here against Everton, it will always be in my heart a special place for me and my family." 3:38PM Southampton want to buy two players And with £50million to spend on both, you'd think they'll be good. But who are these mysterious men? Jeremy Wilson has all the information here. 3:21PM Ben Davies says Denmark is why he's good at football Want to know more? You should read this and find out. 3:11PM It is not a nice day Credit: GETTY IMAGES The good thing is that since this isn't the 90s, the pitch will still be entirely playable and probably a bit quicker than normal. That will suit Spurs' passing game and might also mean that defenders are granted super power slide tackles and can glide along the floor for miles to win the ball back.  3:06PM No Lloris or Eriksen Both Huge and Christian, as they like to be called, are ill and miss out today. A big chance for the reserves to impress! If you can call them reserves, that is.  3:01PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to our liveblog for Southampton vs Spurs, where Mauricio Pochettino pays a visit to the stadium where first he made his name known in the Premier League. The Saints are doing absolutely fine at the moment which makes sense but isn't great news for their current manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, since Southampton seem to believe that even though they keep selling their best players, they should be progressing on the pitch. Spurs are in their traditional mid-season run of good form and Harry Kane is banging in goals all over the place. With Marco Silva suddenly available, it's not insane to suggest that Pellegrino might actually need his team to give an impressive performance - if not get a result - for him to keep his job. The Premier League is getting silly. Enough speculation. Who's actually playing today? Southampton Team news is in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to take on #THFC at St Mary's in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/CezUnwCJ6p— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 21, 2018 Spurs #THFC: Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Kane (C). #COYSpic.twitter.com/FAJwpW5fp4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 21, 2018

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

Eddie Hearn speaks out on boxing's war against drugs after Joseph Parker brands Anthony Joshua the 'King of Steroids'

How to Watch Southampton vs. Tottenham: Live Stream, TV Channel, Game Time

Tottenham is eyeing a place in the Premier League's top four, but it can't lose focus of the task at hand at St. Mary's on Sunday vs. Southampton.

Spurs enter the match in top form, unbeaten in five straight league games (4-0-1) since a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City. Harry Kane is atop the league's scoring charts again with 20 goals, and he'll lead the line against the Saints, who are wallowing just a point clear of the drop zone and have not won a game in the league since Nov. 26–a span of 10 matches.

Tottenham will hope for a repeat of Boxing Day, when it beat Southampton handily in a 5-2 rout at Wembley Stadium.

Here's how to watch the match:

Time: 11 a.m. ET

TV: NBCSN

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Bellator 192: Rory MacDonald battles through horrific leg injury to defeat Douglas Lima; Sonnen outpoints 'Rampage' Jackson

We expected epic. And we got it. After all, this was Rory MacDonald, who has signed his life away to cage wars. MacDonald, that overly-quiet man who piques our curiosity, upright, tight and incredibly polite,  but like a coiled spring when  he unleashes his alter-ego, came through an horrific-looking leg injury, showing an incredible depth of will, to claim the Bellator welterweight title here in Inglewood on Saturday night.  But boy did the 29 year old 170b title challenger have to dig deep with a superhuman effort in his five-round decision victory over incumbent champion Douglas Lima. Bellator really have found a dream signing. The exhausting, see-sawing title fight provided the backdrop to the launch of Bellator's 2018 heavyweight tournament, which has seen heavy investment and signings as the fight league looks to crown its first heavyweight king since it was bought by the entertainment giants.  MacDonald overcame third and early fourth-round signs of his opponent's ascendancy, as Lima cleverly used command of range, and a powerful jab and right hand punctuating through the air at the challenger's face. But he proved decisively that there are no demons - mentally or physically - after his two brutal wars with Robbie Lawler which left him needing almost a year off, and corrective surgery on his nose. He took the decision 48-47, 49-45 ad 49-46. Indeed, it had been MacDonald who unveiled at Paramount Pictures this week a new 'Red King' brand with sponsors Everlast, the Canadian exercising an aspect of free agency allowed by Bellator-signed fighters. He lived up to the billing from the fight sport brand with aplomb, bringing a display of courage and heart which showed an unshakeable self-belief. MacDonald's broken shin Credit:  Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA It was the stuff warriors are made of. And destroyed by. With a horribly mis-shapen shin bone for two rounds, MacDonald urged his swollen, bloody frame onwards at Lima for two rounds to cap a glorious night in his career. MacDonald was carried like an armchair by two of his cornermen from the combat arena after the contest and taken directly to the hospital. There was just a momentary pause as he came together for a photograph with his opponent. It was a touching moment. Canadian MacDonald expressed with alacrity that a boyhood dream had been fulfilled, and for a man who rarely shows emotion, there was genuine delight at an ambition having been fulfilled.  It looks, moreover, that there may well be a homecoming defence. Bellator's CEO Scott Coker confirmed soon afterwards that the belt could be defended in the new champion's homeland. MMA in Canada certainly needs a shot in the arm, and this unforgettable effort from MacDonald may well be the reward. Bellator has been seven times to Canada, but not for four years.  As the heavyweight tournament got underway, Chael Sonnen battled through three tough rounds against Rampage Jackson, taking the decision in the first encounter of seven which will punctuate 2018, add which could lead to fights in the Middle East, Japan and across the USA.  Six heavyweights from Bellator tournament   Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA  The fight itself was preceded by plenty of fanfare, the Stars and Stripes and a parade of the other six combatants - Matt Mitrione, the tournament favourite with the bookies, Ryan Bader, 'King' Mo Lawal, Fedor Emilianenko, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.      Sonnen stood with Rampage for much of the contest, was taken up in the air and dropped by Jackson's trademark slam, and admitted afterwards that he was hurt at every brushstroke from the ageing MMA legend 30lbs heavier.    Come the last two minutes of the fight, and by now frustrated and behind on points, Rampage bent down and tapped the canvas with his finger telling Sonnen to engage. But the lighter man was just too smart, or wise, or even fearful, to be drawn in. A knockout for Rampage, to be fair, would have brought the circular walls down in this iconic music and sports venue.  Sonnen got the nod - 29-28 on all three judges' cards. I caught a moment with Rampage as he slid up on the slope past the great musical names on the walls of The Forum, The Who, U2, Bob Dylan, The Doors... and into the night. Every artist has their time. Rampage was silent, those huge shoulders loped over, his entourage in tow. Out into the night, indeed, and one wonders, maybe, competitively for the last time...  His conqueror Sonnen admitted afterwards that it was straight back to the drawing board, and at the age of 40 and having had his first heavyweight contest, next up for him will be the winner of Fedor Emilianeko and Frank Mir, which will take place in Chicago on April 28. And on May 12, 'King' Mo Lawal will face Ryan Bader in San Jose.  There are even harder nights ahead for Sonnen. Fedor and Frank are monsters. Or at least they have been. Rampage, for Sonnen, is simply an appetizer of sorts. "Every time he touched me, it hurt. He's a really mean guy. I'm happy it's over," said Sonnen. "I've got to get better; I've got to make changes."  Sonnen also reserved great praise for newly-installed champion MacDonald, calling him "great". "It was an inspiring performance," he offered. MacDonald, did, indeed, have the crowd baying for him after the massive brick like shape grew from his shin bone, after Lima's brutal kicks.     But after another Saturday night tentpole event, Bellator fighters will lick their wounds, get stapled and stitched, with another group heading down to Temecula for an event on Friday. And by the time the American Sonnen fights again, it is likely to be August, or later, barring any injuries to Mir or his opponent, the great Russian fighter whose fans include President Putin and POTUS Donald Trump, and who is considered the greatest of all time in the sport.  Chael Sonnen defeats Rampage Jackson on points at Bellator 192  Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA The fight league's CEO Coker also revealed post-event that Cheick Kongo and Javy Ayala have been added as substitutes in the heavyweight tournament. Elsewhere on the card, the former 155lb champion Michael Chandler, an old school fighter by nature with real high fighting IQ, showed all his wares in a terrific performance, defeating Goiti Yamauchi on points. Chandler, though, is in no rush to fight for the Bellator lightweight belt he lost to Brent Primus at Madison Square Garden, New York, last summer.    The Body Shop boys, featherweight Aaron Pico and Joey Davis, featherweight and welterweight respectively, lived up to the name of their team and gym with finishes to the torso with perfection. Davis, out of Compton, a former unbeaten - 133-0 - Division II wrestler, enacted a spinning back kick finish on rival Ian Butler, crumpling his opponent in just 39 seconds. Pico picked the perfect punch with a left hook liver shot against Shane Kruchten a second round ending which saw his opponent collapse. The victor strutted like a matador.      Khonry Gracie, 20, son of Royce Gracie, the winner of the very first UFC tournament in Denver, Colorado in 1993, suffered a loss on his professional debut to Devon Brock. One can only imagine the pressure on the young man's broad shoulders being the son of a figure genuinely considered and treated as MMA royalty. Also confirmed as the event headed into its denouement this weekend, is a match-up between Ana Julaton and Heather Hardy, both formidable forces in the world of women's boxing, who switched to MMA. Hardy and Julaton both lost late last year, but created a beef as flyweight MMA fighters and will meet on Feb 16 in Connecticut, at Bellator 194, headlined by heavyweights Mitrione and Nelson.   Both Hardy and Julaton have won world titles as boxers. They will fight each other at MMA next, and will then take to the ring in a second leg, in a boxing match.        This was the first Bellator MMA event on Paramount, the re-branded SPIKE television station, owned by VIACOM which bought Bellator MMA for its network three years ago, and continues to back its growth, roster, and galvanising ambition. "Bellator will remain a cornerstone of the Paramount Network," said Jon Slusser, senior vice president of specials and sport. "It feels like a new beginning, a new start. We are excited about this launch and have great ambition for the sport on our broader network."  A win for the network, and the industry. But the biggest triumph at The Forum lay at the feet of MacDonald. As Sonnen pithily put it: How can you not have the greatest respect for a man capable of doling out "a one-legged ass-whupping" ? That's what we witnessed, and the night belonged to  the 'Red King'. He lived up to his billing. And some. 

Bellator 192: Rory MacDonald battles through horrific leg injury to defeat Douglas Lima; Sonnen outpoints 'Rampage' Jackson

We expected epic. And we got it. After all, this was Rory MacDonald, who has signed his life away to cage wars. MacDonald, that overly-quiet man who piques our curiosity, upright, tight and incredibly polite,  but like a coiled spring when  he unleashes his alter-ego, came through an horrific-looking leg injury, showing an incredible depth of will, to claim the Bellator welterweight title here in Inglewood on Saturday night.  But boy did the 29 year old 170b title challenger have to dig deep with a superhuman effort in his five-round decision victory over incumbent champion Douglas Lima. Bellator really have found a dream signing. The exhausting, see-sawing title fight provided the backdrop to the launch of Bellator's 2018 heavyweight tournament, which has seen heavy investment and signings as the fight league looks to crown its first heavyweight king since it was bought by the entertainment giants.  MacDonald overcame third and early fourth-round signs of his opponent's ascendancy, as Lima cleverly used command of range, and a powerful jab and right hand punctuating through the air at the challenger's face. But he proved decisively that there are no demons - mentally or physically - after his two brutal wars with Robbie Lawler which left him needing almost a year off, and corrective surgery on his nose. He took the decision 48-47, 49-45 ad 49-46. Indeed, it had been MacDonald who unveiled at Paramount Pictures this week a new 'Red King' brand with sponsors Everlast, the Canadian exercising an aspect of free agency allowed by Bellator-signed fighters. He lived up to the billing from the fight sport brand with aplomb, bringing a display of courage and heart which showed an unshakeable self-belief. MacDonald's broken shin Credit:  Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA It was the stuff warriors are made of. And destroyed by. With a horribly mis-shapen shin bone for two rounds, MacDonald urged his swollen, bloody frame onwards at Lima for two rounds to cap a glorious night in his career. MacDonald was carried like an armchair by two of his cornermen from the combat arena after the contest and taken directly to the hospital. There was just a momentary pause as he came together for a photograph with his opponent. It was a touching moment. Canadian MacDonald expressed with alacrity that a boyhood dream had been fulfilled, and for a man who rarely shows emotion, there was genuine delight at an ambition having been fulfilled.  It looks, moreover, that there may well be a homecoming defence. Bellator's CEO Scott Coker confirmed soon afterwards that the belt could be defended in the new champion's homeland. MMA in Canada certainly needs a shot in the arm, and this unforgettable effort from MacDonald may well be the reward. Bellator has been seven times to Canada, but not for four years.  As the heavyweight tournament got underway, Chael Sonnen battled through three tough rounds against Rampage Jackson, taking the decision in the first encounter of seven which will punctuate 2018, add which could lead to fights in the Middle East, Japan and across the USA.  Six heavyweights from Bellator tournament   Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA  The fight itself was preceded by plenty of fanfare, the Stars and Stripes and a parade of the other six combatants - Matt Mitrione, the tournament favourite with the bookies, Ryan Bader, 'King' Mo Lawal, Fedor Emilianenko, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.      Sonnen stood with Rampage for much of the contest, was taken up in the air and dropped by Jackson's trademark slam, and admitted afterwards that he was hurt at every brushstroke from the ageing MMA legend 30lbs heavier.    Come the last two minutes of the fight, and by now frustrated and behind on points, Rampage bent down and tapped the canvas with his finger telling Sonnen to engage. But the lighter man was just too smart, or wise, or even fearful, to be drawn in. A knockout for Rampage, to be fair, would have brought the circular walls down in this iconic music and sports venue.  Sonnen got the nod - 29-28 on all three judges' cards. I caught a moment with Rampage as he slid up on the slope past the great musical names on the walls of The Forum, The Who, U2, Bob Dylan, The Doors... and into the night. Every artist has their time. Rampage was silent, those huge shoulders loped over, his entourage in tow. Out into the night, indeed, and one wonders, maybe, competitively for the last time...  His conqueror Sonnen admitted afterwards that it was straight back to the drawing board, and at the age of 40 and having had his first heavyweight contest, next up for him will be the winner of Fedor Emilianeko and Frank Mir, which will take place in Chicago on April 28. And on May 12, 'King' Mo Lawal will face Ryan Bader in San Jose.  There are even harder nights ahead for Sonnen. Fedor and Frank are monsters. Or at least they have been. Rampage, for Sonnen, is simply an appetizer of sorts. "Every time he touched me, it hurt. He's a really mean guy. I'm happy it's over," said Sonnen. "I've got to get better; I've got to make changes."  Sonnen also reserved great praise for newly-installed champion MacDonald, calling him "great". "It was an inspiring performance," he offered. MacDonald, did, indeed, have the crowd baying for him after the massive brick like shape grew from his shin bone, after Lima's brutal kicks.     But after another Saturday night tentpole event, Bellator fighters will lick their wounds, get stapled and stitched, with another group heading down to Temecula for an event on Friday. And by the time the American Sonnen fights again, it is likely to be August, or later, barring any injuries to Mir or his opponent, the great Russian fighter whose fans include President Putin and POTUS Donald Trump, and who is considered the greatest of all time in the sport.  Chael Sonnen defeats Rampage Jackson on points at Bellator 192  Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA The fight league's CEO Coker also revealed post-event that Cheick Kongo and Javy Ayala have been added as substitutes in the heavyweight tournament. Elsewhere on the card, the former 155lb champion Michael Chandler, an old school fighter by nature with real high fighting IQ, showed all his wares in a terrific performance, defeating Goiti Yamauchi on points. Chandler, though, is in no rush to fight for the Bellator lightweight belt he lost to Brent Primus at Madison Square Garden, New York, last summer.    The Body Shop boys, featherweight Aaron Pico and Joey Davis, featherweight and welterweight respectively, lived up to the name of their team and gym with finishes to the torso with perfection. Davis, out of Compton, a former unbeaten - 133-0 - Division II wrestler, enacted a spinning back kick finish on rival Ian Butler, crumpling his opponent in just 39 seconds. Pico picked the perfect punch with a left hook liver shot against Shane Kruchten a second round ending which saw his opponent collapse. The victor strutted like a matador.      Khonry Gracie, 20, son of Royce Gracie, the winner of the very first UFC tournament in Denver, Colorado in 1993, suffered a loss on his professional debut to Devon Brock. One can only imagine the pressure on the young man's broad shoulders being the son of a figure genuinely considered and treated as MMA royalty. Also confirmed as the event headed into its denouement this weekend, is a match-up between Ana Julaton and Heather Hardy, both formidable forces in the world of women's boxing, who switched to MMA. Hardy and Julaton both lost late last year, but created a beef as flyweight MMA fighters and will meet on Feb 16 in Connecticut, at Bellator 194, headlined by heavyweights Mitrione and Nelson.   Both Hardy and Julaton have won world titles as boxers. They will fight each other at MMA next, and will then take to the ring in a second leg, in a boxing match.        This was the first Bellator MMA event on Paramount, the re-branded SPIKE television station, owned by VIACOM which bought Bellator MMA for its network three years ago, and continues to back its growth, roster, and galvanising ambition. "Bellator will remain a cornerstone of the Paramount Network," said Jon Slusser, senior vice president of specials and sport. "It feels like a new beginning, a new start. We are excited about this launch and have great ambition for the sport on our broader network."  A win for the network, and the industry. But the biggest triumph at The Forum lay at the feet of MacDonald. As Sonnen pithily put it: How can you not have the greatest respect for a man capable of doling out "a one-legged ass-whupping" ? That's what we witnessed, and the night belonged to  the 'Red King'. He lived up to his billing. And some. 

Bellator 192: Rory MacDonald battles through horrific leg injury to defeat Douglas Lima; Sonnen outpoints 'Rampage' Jackson

We expected epic. And we got it. After all, this was Rory MacDonald, who has signed his life away to cage wars. MacDonald, that overly-quiet man who piques our curiosity, upright, tight and incredibly polite,  but like a coiled spring when  he unleashes his alter-ego, came through an horrific-looking leg injury, showing an incredible depth of will, to claim the Bellator welterweight title here in Inglewood on Saturday night.  But boy did the 29 year old 170b title challenger have to dig deep with a superhuman effort in his five-round decision victory over incumbent champion Douglas Lima. Bellator really have found a dream signing. The exhausting, see-sawing title fight provided the backdrop to the launch of Bellator's 2018 heavyweight tournament, which has seen heavy investment and signings as the fight league looks to crown its first heavyweight king since it was bought by the entertainment giants.  MacDonald overcame third and early fourth-round signs of his opponent's ascendancy, as Lima cleverly used command of range, and a powerful jab and right hand punctuating through the air at the challenger's face. But he proved decisively that there are no demons - mentally or physically - after his two brutal wars with Robbie Lawler which left him needing almost a year off, and corrective surgery on his nose. He took the decision 48-47, 49-45 ad 49-46. Indeed, it had been MacDonald who unveiled at Paramount Pictures this week a new 'Red King' brand with sponsors Everlast, the Canadian exercising an aspect of free agency allowed by Bellator-signed fighters. He lived up to the billing from the fight sport brand with aplomb, bringing a display of courage and heart which showed an unshakeable self-belief. MacDonald's broken shin Credit:  Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA It was the stuff warriors are made of. And destroyed by. With a horribly mis-shapen shin bone for two rounds, MacDonald urged his swollen, bloody frame onwards at Lima for two rounds to cap a glorious night in his career. MacDonald was carried like an armchair by two of his cornermen from the combat arena after the contest and taken directly to the hospital. There was just a momentary pause as he came together for a photograph with his opponent. It was a touching moment. Canadian MacDonald expressed with alacrity that a boyhood dream had been fulfilled, and for a man who rarely shows emotion, there was genuine delight at an ambition having been fulfilled.  It looks, moreover, that there may well be a homecoming defence. Bellator's CEO Scott Coker confirmed soon afterwards that the belt could be defended in the new champion's homeland. MMA in Canada certainly needs a shot in the arm, and this unforgettable effort from MacDonald may well be the reward. Bellator has been seven times to Canada, but not for four years.  As the heavyweight tournament got underway, Chael Sonnen battled through three tough rounds against Rampage Jackson, taking the decision in the first encounter of seven which will punctuate 2018, add which could lead to fights in the Middle East, Japan and across the USA.  Six heavyweights from Bellator tournament   Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA  The fight itself was preceded by plenty of fanfare, the Stars and Stripes and a parade of the other six combatants - Matt Mitrione, the tournament favourite with the bookies, Ryan Bader, 'King' Mo Lawal, Fedor Emilianenko, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.      Sonnen stood with Rampage for much of the contest, was taken up in the air and dropped by Jackson's trademark slam, and admitted afterwards that he was hurt at every brushstroke from the ageing MMA legend 30lbs heavier.    Come the last two minutes of the fight, and by now frustrated and behind on points, Rampage bent down and tapped the canvas with his finger telling Sonnen to engage. But the lighter man was just too smart, or wise, or even fearful, to be drawn in. A knockout for Rampage, to be fair, would have brought the circular walls down in this iconic music and sports venue.  Sonnen got the nod - 29-28 on all three judges' cards. I caught a moment with Rampage as he slid up on the slope past the great musical names on the walls of The Forum, The Who, U2, Bob Dylan, The Doors... and into the night. Every artist has their time. Rampage was silent, those huge shoulders loped over, his entourage in tow. Out into the night, indeed, and one wonders, maybe, competitively for the last time...  His conqueror Sonnen admitted afterwards that it was straight back to the drawing board, and at the age of 40 and having had his first heavyweight contest, next up for him will be the winner of Fedor Emilianeko and Frank Mir, which will take place in Chicago on April 28. And on May 12, 'King' Mo Lawal will face Ryan Bader in San Jose.  There are even harder nights ahead for Sonnen. Fedor and Frank are monsters. Or at least they have been. Rampage, for Sonnen, is simply an appetizer of sorts. "Every time he touched me, it hurt. He's a really mean guy. I'm happy it's over," said Sonnen. "I've got to get better; I've got to make changes."  Sonnen also reserved great praise for newly-installed champion MacDonald, calling him "great". "It was an inspiring performance," he offered. MacDonald, did, indeed, have the crowd baying for him after the massive brick like shape grew from his shin bone, after Lima's brutal kicks.     But after another Saturday night tentpole event, Bellator fighters will lick their wounds, get stapled and stitched, with another group heading down to Temecula for an event on Friday. And by the time the American Sonnen fights again, it is likely to be August, or later, barring any injuries to Mir or his opponent, the great Russian fighter whose fans include President Putin and POTUS Donald Trump, and who is considered the greatest of all time in the sport.  Chael Sonnen defeats Rampage Jackson on points at Bellator 192  Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA The fight league's CEO Coker also revealed post-event that Cheick Kongo and Javy Ayala have been added as substitutes in the heavyweight tournament. Elsewhere on the card, the former 155lb champion Michael Chandler, an old school fighter by nature with real high fighting IQ, showed all his wares in a terrific performance, defeating Goiti Yamauchi on points. Chandler, though, is in no rush to fight for the Bellator lightweight belt he lost to Brent Primus at Madison Square Garden, New York, last summer.    The Body Shop boys, featherweight Aaron Pico and Joey Davis, featherweight and welterweight respectively, lived up to the name of their team and gym with finishes to the torso with perfection. Davis, out of Compton, a former unbeaten - 133-0 - Division II wrestler, enacted a spinning back kick finish on rival Ian Butler, crumpling his opponent in just 39 seconds. Pico picked the perfect punch with a left hook liver shot against Shane Kruchten a second round ending which saw his opponent collapse. The victor strutted like a matador.      Khonry Gracie, 20, son of Royce Gracie, the winner of the very first UFC tournament in Denver, Colorado in 1993, suffered a loss on his professional debut to Devon Brock. One can only imagine the pressure on the young man's broad shoulders being the son of a figure genuinely considered and treated as MMA royalty. Also confirmed as the event headed into its denouement this weekend, is a match-up between Ana Julaton and Heather Hardy, both formidable forces in the world of women's boxing, who switched to MMA. Hardy and Julaton both lost late last year, but created a beef as flyweight MMA fighters and will meet on Feb 16 in Connecticut, at Bellator 194, headlined by heavyweights Mitrione and Nelson.   Both Hardy and Julaton have won world titles as boxers. They will fight each other at MMA next, and will then take to the ring in a second leg, in a boxing match.        This was the first Bellator MMA event on Paramount, the re-branded SPIKE television station, owned by VIACOM which bought Bellator MMA for its network three years ago, and continues to back its growth, roster, and galvanising ambition. "Bellator will remain a cornerstone of the Paramount Network," said Jon Slusser, senior vice president of specials and sport. "It feels like a new beginning, a new start. We are excited about this launch and have great ambition for the sport on our broader network."  A win for the network, and the industry. But the biggest triumph at The Forum lay at the feet of MacDonald. As Sonnen pithily put it: How can you not have the greatest respect for a man capable of doling out "a one-legged ass-whupping" ? That's what we witnessed, and the night belonged to  the 'Red King'. He lived up to his billing. And some. 

Bellator 192: Rory MacDonald battles through horrific leg injury to defeat Douglas Lima; Sonnen outpoints 'Rampage' Jackson

We expected epic. And we got it. After all, this was Rory MacDonald, who has signed his life away to cage wars. MacDonald, that overly-quiet man who piques our curiosity, upright, tight and incredibly polite,  but like a coiled spring when  he unleashes his alter-ego, came through an horrific-looking leg injury, showing an incredible depth of will, to claim the Bellator welterweight title here in Inglewood on Saturday night.  But boy did the 29 year old 170b title challenger have to dig deep with a superhuman effort in his five-round decision victory over incumbent champion Douglas Lima. Bellator really have found a dream signing. The exhausting, see-sawing title fight provided the backdrop to the launch of Bellator's 2018 heavyweight tournament, which has seen heavy investment and signings as the fight league looks to crown its first heavyweight king since it was bought by the entertainment giants.  MacDonald overcame third and early fourth-round signs of his opponent's ascendancy, as Lima cleverly used command of range, and a powerful jab and right hand punctuating through the air at the challenger's face. But he proved decisively that there are no demons - mentally or physically - after his two brutal wars with Robbie Lawler which left him needing almost a year off, and corrective surgery on his nose. He took the decision 48-47, 49-45 ad 49-46. Indeed, it had been MacDonald who unveiled at Paramount Pictures this week a new 'Red King' brand with sponsors Everlast, the Canadian exercising an aspect of free agency allowed by Bellator-signed fighters. He lived up to the billing from the fight sport brand with aplomb, bringing a display of courage and heart which showed an unshakeable self-belief. MacDonald's broken shin Credit:  Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA It was the stuff warriors are made of. And destroyed by. With a horribly mis-shapen shin bone for two rounds, MacDonald urged his swollen, bloody frame onwards at Lima for two rounds to cap a glorious night in his career. MacDonald was carried like an armchair by two of his cornermen from the combat arena after the contest and taken directly to the hospital. There was just a momentary pause as he came together for a photograph with his opponent. It was a touching moment. Canadian MacDonald expressed with alacrity that a boyhood dream had been fulfilled, and for a man who rarely shows emotion, there was genuine delight at an ambition having been fulfilled.  It looks, moreover, that there may well be a homecoming defence. Bellator's CEO Scott Coker confirmed soon afterwards that the belt could be defended in the new champion's homeland. MMA in Canada certainly needs a shot in the arm, and this unforgettable effort from MacDonald may well be the reward. Bellator has been seven times to Canada, but not for four years.  As the heavyweight tournament got underway, Chael Sonnen battled through three tough rounds against Rampage Jackson, taking the decision in the first encounter of seven which will punctuate 2018, add which could lead to fights in the Middle East, Japan and across the USA.  Six heavyweights from Bellator tournament   Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA  The fight itself was preceded by plenty of fanfare, the Stars and Stripes and a parade of the other six combatants - Matt Mitrione, the tournament favourite with the bookies, Ryan Bader, 'King' Mo Lawal, Fedor Emilianenko, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.      Sonnen stood with Rampage for much of the contest, was taken up in the air and dropped by Jackson's trademark slam, and admitted afterwards that he was hurt at every brushstroke from the ageing MMA legend 30lbs heavier.    Come the last two minutes of the fight, and by now frustrated and behind on points, Rampage bent down and tapped the canvas with his finger telling Sonnen to engage. But the lighter man was just too smart, or wise, or even fearful, to be drawn in. A knockout for Rampage, to be fair, would have brought the circular walls down in this iconic music and sports venue.  Sonnen got the nod - 29-28 on all three judges' cards. I caught a moment with Rampage as he slid up on the slope past the great musical names on the walls of The Forum, The Who, U2, Bob Dylan, The Doors... and into the night. Every artist has their time. Rampage was silent, those huge shoulders loped over, his entourage in tow. Out into the night, indeed, and one wonders, maybe, competitively for the last time...  His conqueror Sonnen admitted afterwards that it was straight back to the drawing board, and at the age of 40 and having had his first heavyweight contest, next up for him will be the winner of Fedor Emilianeko and Frank Mir, which will take place in Chicago on April 28. And on May 12, 'King' Mo Lawal will face Ryan Bader in San Jose.  There are even harder nights ahead for Sonnen. Fedor and Frank are monsters. Or at least they have been. Rampage, for Sonnen, is simply an appetizer of sorts. "Every time he touched me, it hurt. He's a really mean guy. I'm happy it's over," said Sonnen. "I've got to get better; I've got to make changes."  Sonnen also reserved great praise for newly-installed champion MacDonald, calling him "great". "It was an inspiring performance," he offered. MacDonald, did, indeed, have the crowd baying for him after the massive brick like shape grew from his shin bone, after Lima's brutal kicks.     But after another Saturday night tentpole event, Bellator fighters will lick their wounds, get stapled and stitched, with another group heading down to Temecula for an event on Friday. And by the time the American Sonnen fights again, it is likely to be August, or later, barring any injuries to Mir or his opponent, the great Russian fighter whose fans include President Putin and POTUS Donald Trump, and who is considered the greatest of all time in the sport.  Chael Sonnen defeats Rampage Jackson on points at Bellator 192  Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA The fight league's CEO Coker also revealed post-event that Cheick Kongo and Javy Ayala have been added as substitutes in the heavyweight tournament. Elsewhere on the card, the former 155lb champion Michael Chandler, an old school fighter by nature with real high fighting IQ, showed all his wares in a terrific performance, defeating Goiti Yamauchi on points. Chandler, though, is in no rush to fight for the Bellator lightweight belt he lost to Brent Primus at Madison Square Garden, New York, last summer.    The Body Shop boys, featherweight Aaron Pico and Joey Davis, featherweight and welterweight respectively, lived up to the name of their team and gym with finishes to the torso with perfection. Davis, out of Compton, a former unbeaten - 133-0 - Division II wrestler, enacted a spinning back kick finish on rival Ian Butler, crumpling his opponent in just 39 seconds. Pico picked the perfect punch with a left hook liver shot against Shane Kruchten a second round ending which saw his opponent collapse. The victor strutted like a matador.      Khonry Gracie, 20, son of Royce Gracie, the winner of the very first UFC tournament in Denver, Colorado in 1993, suffered a loss on his professional debut to Devon Brock. One can only imagine the pressure on the young man's broad shoulders being the son of a figure genuinely considered and treated as MMA royalty. Also confirmed as the event headed into its denouement this weekend, is a match-up between Ana Julaton and Heather Hardy, both formidable forces in the world of women's boxing, who switched to MMA. Hardy and Julaton both lost late last year, but created a beef as flyweight MMA fighters and will meet on Feb 16 in Connecticut, at Bellator 194, headlined by heavyweights Mitrione and Nelson.   Both Hardy and Julaton have won world titles as boxers. They will fight each other at MMA next, and will then take to the ring in a second leg, in a boxing match.        This was the first Bellator MMA event on Paramount, the re-branded SPIKE television station, owned by VIACOM which bought Bellator MMA for its network three years ago, and continues to back its growth, roster, and galvanising ambition. "Bellator will remain a cornerstone of the Paramount Network," said Jon Slusser, senior vice president of specials and sport. "It feels like a new beginning, a new start. We are excited about this launch and have great ambition for the sport on our broader network."  A win for the network, and the industry. But the biggest triumph at The Forum lay at the feet of MacDonald. As Sonnen pithily put it: How can you not have the greatest respect for a man capable of doling out "a one-legged ass-whupping" ? That's what we witnessed, and the night belonged to  the 'Red King'. He lived up to his billing. And some. 

Errol Spence (L) strengthened his reputation as one of the best of boxing's rising stars with a TKO over Lamont Peterson during their IBF Welterweight title fight

Errol Spence (L) strengthened his reputation as one of the best of boxing's rising stars with a TKO over Lamont Peterson during their IBF Welterweight title fight

Errol Spence (L) strengthened his reputation as one of the best of boxing's rising stars with a TKO over Lamont Peterson during their IBF Welterweight title fight

Errol Spence (L) strengthened his reputation as one of the best of boxing's rising stars with a TKO over Lamont Peterson during their IBF Welterweight title fight (AFP Photo/AL BELLO)

Spence stops Peterson in 1st welterweight title defense

Errol Spence Jr., right, punches Lamont Peterson during the sixth round of an IBF welterweight championship boxing match Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence won in the eighth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Spence stops Peterson in 1st welterweight title defense

Lamont Peterson reacts as the referee stops his IBF welterweight championship boxing match against Errol Spence Jr. during the eighth round Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence won the bout. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Spence stops Peterson in 1st welterweight title defense

Errol Spence Jr., left, punches Lamont Peterson during the fifth round of an IBF welterweight championship boxing match Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence stopped Peterson in the eighth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Spence stops Peterson in 1st welterweight title defense

Errol Spence Jr., right, hits Lamont Peterson during the second round of an IBF welterweight championship boxing match Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence stopped Peterson in the eighth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Errol Spence Jr., left, punches Lamont Peterson during the fifth round of an IBF welterweight championship boxing match Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence stopped Peterson in the eighth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Lamont Peterson reacts as the referee stops his IBF welterweight championship boxing match against Errol Spence Jr. during the eighth round Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence won the bout. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Errol Spence Jr., right, hits Lamont Peterson during the second round of an IBF welterweight championship boxing match Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence stopped Peterson in the eighth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Errol Spence Jr., right, punches Lamont Peterson during the sixth round of an IBF welterweight championship boxing match Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. Spence won in the eighth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Errol Spence Jr. golpea a Lamont Peterson en el sexto round de la pelea por el título welter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo el sábado 20 de enero de 2018 en Nueva York. Spence ganó en el octavo asalto. (AP Foto/Frank Franklin II)

Burnley 0 Man Utd 1: Anthony Martial scores again as United show winning mentality to grind out result

Life is about to change for Manchester United’s attacking talent when at last Alexis Sanchez arrives at Old Trafford to share goalscoring responsibilities, but in the meantime they delivered their manager Jose Mourinho a crucial third consecutive win at one of the Premier League’s most hostile outposts. This was Turf Moor in full cry, with Sean Dyche berating the officials and goalkeeper Nick Pope dispatched into the away team’s penalty area for the last corner of the game to test United’s nerve one final time as they defended a lead given to them by Anthony Martial. United are buying Sanchez to make days like these a little easier, but it should also be noted that in their four games of 2018, United are yet to concede a goal to anyone. Afterwards, Mourinho said that Sanchez’s arrival was “so close, so close, so close” and he may well even be in the side to play Yeovil Town in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday or, failing that, away to Tottenham Hotspur the following Wednesday. For Martial, as well as Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, there will be a powerful new attacking force in the side and it may well mean that standards are raised all round. Not that there was much wrong with United at Turf Moor after a first half in which they were corralled by Burnley. They struck nine minutes after the break when the centre-halves Ben Mee and James Tarkowski allowed Lukaku to break through in the middle of the pitch. Dyche’s two centre-halves did little else wrong all game but Lukaku switched the ball left to Martial and his finish, wrong-footing Pope, was the game’s moment of defining quality. Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 54 min) Mourinho is still trying to frame the argument that his attacking options are all but run out, declaring that now there is “no competition for places” and listing his injury absentees including Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the reason that the club are undertaking such an enormous investment. The questions over the money paid to Sanchez and his agent, as well as Arsenal, will inevitably come and Mourinho is preparing the ground in that respect. “We look to the attacking areas and we need that extra competitive internal competition and more solutions for us,” the United manager said. “I expect [the Sanchez transfer to be completed] soon or never. I think is so close, so close, so close that if it doesn't happen [now] it's not going to happen so I am positive, I know my people is doing everything they can, the owners with the green light, Mr [Ed] Woodward and Matt Judge [head of corporate development, with responsibility for contracts] working hard and everybody is giving everything they can and I think they are going to be successful.” How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United? For Dyche, there was praise for his side that ran United very close but also regrets about falling the wrong side of many of referee Mike Dean’s decisions, including a penalty appeal for substitute Sam Vokes. “That was one of about three thousand but that was the main one,” Dyche said. “But I will stick to that one. The margins are tight in refereeing decisions, it’s always a tricky one.” Dyche felt that Paul Pogba had walked a fine line, pulling the shirt of Jack Cork and then kicking the ball away but escaping a booking on that occasion before later picking one up for fouling the same opponent. “I don’t want players to be sent off by the way, make sure you put that, because I think some of the rules are crazy… but over 90 minutes if you are not getting the right side and there was a lot that went against us, they can all add up.” Jose Mourinho gestures on the touchline Credit: Getty images Burnley pushed hard in the closing stages with Vokes, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and finally Nahki Wells sent on to attack United, even so it took an excellent one-handed stop from Pope to stop a shot from Martial on the breakaway. Dyche would not be drawn on the interest in signing Aaron Lennon from Everton but let it be known that Burnley would not be signing anyone on wages of £100,000-a-week. At the centre of United’s defence, Phil Jones was excellent and at left-back Ashley Young was back in the team ahead of Luke Shaw. The Englishman had been picked for the last five games, and on Friday Mourinho let it be known that Shaw that he was one of the best left-backs in the Premier League. On Saturday he dropped him. After conceding, Burnley came closest when Johann Berg Gudmundsson hit a free-kick that clipped David De Gea’s bar and later a ball from the Icelander ran across the United goalmouth after Lukaku had lost possession. By the next time United play, the likelihood is that they will be that much more formidable. 4:59PM They scraped it, but credit where credit's due United didn't set the world alight here but Tony Martial's strike early in the second half was a worthy winner of this otherwise pretty dull affair. Burnley only truly got going after that goal and in truth they didn't ever look like scoring. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling defended brilliantly, and dealt with the aerial bombardment valiantly. A hard-earned three points for Mourinho's men. 4:56PM Full time United clear once, twice, three times, it's really, really great defending, and they hold on! United take a far from pretty but still crucial three points back to Manchester. 4:55PM 90 mins +5 Fellaini tries a ludicrous flick and gives possession back to Burnley. They launch an attack and have one last chance from a corner. Everyone is up. Pop included. 4:54PM 90 mins +4  Valencia is felled and takes a good 30 seconds to get back to his feet. Top notch game management, this. 4:52PM 90 mins +2 Lukaku is well positioned again to clear. The ball back in from Defour causes mayhem in the box, but United stand firm and scramble is clear. Nkoudou brings it back towards goal but is brought down by Rashford.  Gudmundsson whips in the free-kick but Vokes heads over.  United replace Martial with Herrera to eat up some valuable seconds. 4:51PM 90 mins +1 Taylor wins a corner. Load the box. 4:50PM 90 mins Pogba feeds Rashford, but Taylor gets back to shut him out well. FIVE minutes added on. Can Burnley find an equaliser? 4:49PM 89 mins Final sub for Burnley as Nakhi wells replaces Ashley Barnes. 4:47PM 87 mins Martial goes flying towards goal, jinks onto his left and then stings Pope's fingers with a fierce shot. Well hit, decent save. 4:46PM 85 mins Good build-up from Burnley ends with a cross that Vokes can't quite get on the end of, but Smalling heads behind for a corner. Gudmundsson takes it, and Vokes shows great strength to beat Fellaini to the cross even though he is clearly having his shirt pulled - but he can only head wide. Vokes suggests to Mike Dean that he could have had a penalty there, but the ref isn't interested. Miss: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Sam Vokes, 85 min) 4:43PM 84 mins Some nice intricate play from United to get into the Burnley box, and Martial nearly finishes it off but can't quite escape the grasp of Ben Mee. 4:41PM 81 mins Matic has just had the worst shot ever. Very nearly went for a throw-in. Out: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Nemanja Matic, 81 min) Sam Vokes and Spurs loanee Georges-Kevin Nkoudou come on for Arfield and Hendrick for the hosts. 4:39PM 80 mins Rashford replaces Lingard for the final 10 minutes. 4:39PM 79 mins Martial is too slow to get his head up, then his pass to put in Lingard is at him, rather than ahead of him, allowing Mee to get back and block the shot. 4:37PM 77 mins Defour puts the ball into the box, Barnes heads at goal, but he gets too much on it when it just needed a glance and he puts it well wide. 4:36PM 76 mins Cynical take-down from Matic on Arfield. Yellow card. 4:35PM 15 minutes to go Burnley still very much in this one. Plenty of time for an equaliser, but United are a threat on the counter. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal 4:32PM 71 mins The corner finds Mee at the back post, who powers a header across goal but Lukaku is really well placed to clear.  Burnley come again, with Gudmundsson played in on the right, and his low ball across the face of goal is just to far ahead of Arfield at the back post. Replays show Smalling got a crucial touch. Mourinho responds to the Burnley onslaught by replacing little, harmless Juan Mata with big, scary Marouane Fellaini. Seems a wise move. 4:30PM 69 mins Pogba stops Cork in his tracks and earns himself a yellow. The big men plod forward with the ball about to be launched into the box. It's played short to Defour, who whips at goal from more of an angle than the central free-kick had allowed. Mee stoops to head at goal, and his looping header is tipped over for a corner.  4:27PM 67 mins Jones nips in to intercept a poor pass and launch a United counter. He feeds Martial, who plays inside to Lukaku but Mee gets enough of a block to turn the shot away from goal.  Bardsley is booked for a late challenge on Smalling. 4:25PM 64 mins What a challenge from Tarkowski with Lukaku bearing down on goal. He gets a toe in at the very last opportunity and denies Lukaku a clear sight of goal. 4:19PM 59 mins Burnley have livened up now. A cross into the box finds Arfield, who heads at goal and it hits Smalling - the whole ground wants a penalty for handball, but Mike Dean says a firm 'no'. 4:17PM Off the bar! It's Gudmundsson in fact who takes the free-kick, left-footed, and he beats the wall, and seems to have beaten De Gea, too. The United keeper stands and stares as the ball cannons off the top of his crossbar and away to safety. So close! Post: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Johann Berg Gudmundsson, 57 min) 4:16PM 57 mins Burnley have a chance with Mata giving away a free-kick right on the edge of the United box. United know all about Defour's ability from here. The Belgian stands over it. 4:15PM GOOOOOALL!!  Martial puts United ahead! Finally United have a shot on target and with it they have a goal! Lukaku gets the ball in an inside right position on the break and has Martial in support on the left. He takes an age to get the ball under control and eventually finds the Frenchman in space. Martial opens his body up but shoots towards the near post top corner and completely befuddles Pope, firing into the net off the underside of the bar. What a finish. Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 54 min) 4:13PM 54 mins The game looks to be opening up up a little now with the sides exchanging counter-attacks and the volume in Turf Moor rising accordingly.  4:12PM 52 mins United get into a decent position down the left, Mata's drilled cross is deflected behind for a corner. Burnley clear/ 4:08PM 48 mins So nearly a chance! But there isn't one. Lingard looks to wind one up after coming in off the left but is tackled, before Lukaku lifts his leg to shoot, but is crowded out.  4:04PM The players are back out Please, please, please can we have something else this half, guys? Burnley get the second half started. 0-0 half time here. Burnley vs Man Utd. Best thing so far has been the performance at HT of @seanruane reminded me of Italia 90...��������— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) January 20, 2018 4:03PM Michael Carrick is with the away fans at Turf Moor Credit: Getty images 3:51PM Half time I've seen some bad United games under Mourinho but this has to be up there with the worst first half of his reign. So little imagination, so little ambition, so little penetration. Just terrible. Burnley started well enough and there was the odd bright moment for both teams but nothing to at all to get excited about. There were a lot of over-hit crosses... So, so many over-hit crosses. I've had enough. Hopefully we see something completely, utterly, totally different after the break. Please. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 3:47PM 45 mins Just one minute to be added on. 3:46PM 42 mins Best chance of the game for United and it's all of Young's making. He looks like he has absolutely nothing on in a wide left position, but in the blink of an eye he nutmegs Gudmundsson and is into the box.  Still very wide but running to straight at goal to shape to cross, he opens his body up and bends an effort at the far corner, but just doesn't get around it enough, and it goes wide. Unlucky, but still no shot on target for United. Miss: Burnley 0 - 0 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 42 min) 3:43PM 40 mins Hendrick advances well, and gets into the United box. He tries to feed Arfield but Smalling gets there to snuff it out and clear. 3:38PM 36 mins What a ball from Lingard out to Martial in space on the left. He drives at Bardsley, and looks to have him in the perfect position, backtracking towards his own goal. A confident, in-form Martial goes flying past a full-back there; this one stumbles, delays and shoots straight into Bardsley. The chance goes. 3:36PM 34 mins Possession: Burnley vs Man Utd More possession for United so far, but they aren't doing enough with it. 3:34PM 31 mins Mee catching Lingard late, and it doesn't look too bad on first viewing but the United man has stayed down as play goes on, before the ball is eventually put out of play. The Burnley skipper gets a slightly harsh yellow card for his trouble. 3:32PM 29 mins Biggest cheer of the afternoon as Martial chases down Pogba's over-hit pass, can't get to it, and falls over the advertising hoardings. 3:31PM 28 mins Burnley's best chance of the game, as Mee heads over from a very good position from a corner. Should do better. 3:30PM 27 mins Both teams are moving the ball well enough and creating opportunities in wide areas, but neither has been able to penetrate the narrow defence they are facing.  Antonio Valencia sends a cross over everyone and out for a goal kick. Point made. 3:28PM 25 mins Bored as the rest of us, Jose?  There's not been much excitement at Turf Moor Credit: Reuters Hendrick fires harmlessly wide from a frankly ludicrous position on the half volley, against one of the best goalkeepers on the planet.   3:24PM 21 mins Pogba tries a very ambitious ball over the extremely deep Burnley defence, Lukaku - quite reasonably - can't get anywhere near it, and Pogba gestures at his team-mate that he should be quicker onto it. Not sure about that one, Pogs. 3:21PM 18 mins Pogba is everywhere for United. He goes charging onto a ball on the left and cuts back for Martial in the centre - how/when has he seen that that pass was on?! - but Martial's shot is deflected wide.  The corner comes to nothing. 3:17PM 14 mins Burnley race up the other end with Gudmundsson cutting in from the right and shooting low at goal left-footed, but that's easy for De Gea. 3:16PM 13 mins First shot of the game for United comes from a lovely disguised, dinked pass over the defence from Young for Pogba who has gone tip-toeing into the Burnley box. It's a really tough chance, but he tries to poke it at goal as it comes dropping over his shoulder and can't keep it down. 3:15PM 12 mins Burnley having the slightly better of this one so far. Very early days, though, of course. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal 3:11PM 8 mins And quickly after Pogba gives possession away inside his own half, Burnley spring into action and Defour finds Hendrick, who slips Barnes in  but he has Jones for company and the United defender does enough to put him off. Hendrick's follow up is tame and straight at De Gea. 3:09PM 7 mins This. Is. Burnley. A long, raking ball from a free-kick in their own half finds Tarkowski at the back post, and he nods back across goal but there's no team-mate close enough to get on the end of it. A first bit of excitement for the home fans. 3:07PM 5 mins Lukaku has a few times already come off the Burnley defence to drop into a good position and bring midfielders into play. This time the ball makes its way out to Martial on the left but his cross is poor and Pope claims well. 3:05PM 2 mins An early warning for Burnley, who look surprisingly and pretty worryingly open very early on. Pogba, Lukaku and Lingard combine but the latter's cross is overhit. 3:00PM Here come the players United are in that horrible grey away kit; Burnley in the usual claret and blue. Cyril Regis, a pioneer, a trailblazer and a wonderful footballer, passed away this week, and there will be a minute's silence before kick off. 2:57PM Kick off approaches Can Burnley further dent United's hopes of finishing second? The players will be out on the pitch shortly. 2:43PM Last time they met With this weekend the reverse fixtures of the Boxing Day lineup, these two teams meet for the second time in four weeks. Then, Burnley very nearly escaped from Old Trafford with all three points, but only ended up with one. Having gone into a two goal lead, Jesse Lingard was United's hero, scoring two second half goals to rescue a 2-2 draw. It was the third time in these sides' five meetings since Burnley returned to the top flight that Sean Dyche's men had taken points off United. I wouldn't be surprised if they did so again today. Steven Defour scored a stunning free-kick in the draw when these sides met at Old Trafford on Boxing Day Credit: Getty images 2:19PM Reasons for United to be optimistic #OnThisDay 22 years ago @ManUtd were 1️⃣2️⃣ points behind leaders Newcastle after 23 matches, before going on to win the title in May... They currently sit 1️⃣2️⃣ points behind #PL leaders Man City after 23 games �� pic.twitter.com/688wLHwgiV— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2018 2:10PM How Burnley line up They make one change to the side that lost to Palace last weekend with Scott Arfield returning. Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Cork, Defour,  Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Arfield, Barnes. Subs: Lowton, Nkoudou,  Westwood, Wells, Lindegaard, Long, Vokes.   TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ManUtd at Turf Moor today. pic.twitter.com/g0pCISaxNK— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 20, 2018 2:09PM United line up confirmed As revealed by Sam Wallace, there's no place for Shaw while Martial starts alongside Lukaku. United: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young, Pogba,  Matic, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Rashford,  Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini, McTominay.  The team news is in, #MUFC fans! Here's your starting XI to take on Burnley in today's @PremierLeague game. #BURMUNpic.twitter.com/tJEcZgQkER— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 20, 2018 2:02PM Shaw left out by Mourinho We have breaking news from our chief football writer Sam Wallace at Turf Moor: Luke Shaw has been left out of Manchester United’s starting XI to face Burnley today by Jose Mourinho, having started the last five games in a row for the club. It will be Ashley Young, back after suspension, who starts in place of Shaw at left-back the older man’s first action since he played in the 0-0 draw with Southampton on Dec 30. Shaw, who is on the bench, has struggled to make an impression on the United first team this season, only playing his first games in the EFL Cup ties in September and October. He has made just ten appearances for the club this season, although his recent form has led to suggestions that Shaw could break back into the England squad in time for the World Cup finals this summer. Mourinho has praised the 22-year-old in recent weeks describing the player as one of the best in his position in the league. Mourinho said: “I can say that in this moment I don't see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw. “He had played very well. He was already improving and playing well when I start playing him after that long spell without minutes. I remember the first time he was coming step by step, and now with a good run of matches and continuity, he is solid.  "Physically much better, mentally much stronger, tactically understanding the game much better and what we need in different phases and circumstances. I'm really happy.” 1:44PM United still wait on Sanchez Manchester United travel to Burnley without Alexis Sanchez as a deal for the Chilean has not yet been signed off. United were unable to complete the formalities of Sanchez's switch from Arsenal by the midday deadline yesterday in order for him to be available to make his debut at Turf Moor this afternoon. Henrikh Mkhitaryan isn't included in United's squad as negotiations over his switch to Arsenal continue. Mkhitaryan was also left out of the squad that faced Stoke on Monday due to the uncertainty over his future. Both Mkhitaryan and Sanchez trained with their respective sides on Friday. Though Jose Mourinho has ruled out Mkhitaryan at Burnley, he does have Ashley Young back from suspension. However, his glowing reference of Luke Shaw, who has started the past successive five games - his longest run in Mourinho's time at the club, suggests he will retain his left-back spot. "(He's) played very well," Mourinho added of Shaw. "He was already improving and playing well when I started playing him after that long spell without minutes. I remember the first time, in the Champions League, he was coming step by step and now with a good run of matches and continuity also, playing like he did against Everton two days after a previous match - good, solid, physically much better, mentally much stronger, tactically understanding much better the game and what we need in different phases and circumstances. "I'm really happy. You like the transfer market, I can say that in this moment I don't see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw."

Burnley 0 Man Utd 1: Anthony Martial scores again as United show winning mentality to grind out result

Life is about to change for Manchester United’s attacking talent when at last Alexis Sanchez arrives at Old Trafford to share goalscoring responsibilities, but in the meantime they delivered their manager Jose Mourinho a crucial third consecutive win at one of the Premier League’s most hostile outposts. This was Turf Moor in full cry, with Sean Dyche berating the officials and goalkeeper Nick Pope dispatched into the away team’s penalty area for the last corner of the game to test United’s nerve one final time as they defended a lead given to them by Anthony Martial. United are buying Sanchez to make days like these a little easier, but it should also be noted that in their four games of 2018, United are yet to concede a goal to anyone. Afterwards, Mourinho said that Sanchez’s arrival was “so close, so close, so close” and he may well even be in the side to play Yeovil Town in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday or, failing that, away to Tottenham Hotspur the following Wednesday. For Martial, as well as Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, there will be a powerful new attacking force in the side and it may well mean that standards are raised all round. Not that there was much wrong with United at Turf Moor after a first half in which they were corralled by Burnley. They struck nine minutes after the break when the centre-halves Ben Mee and James Tarkowski allowed Lukaku to break through in the middle of the pitch. Dyche’s two centre-halves did little else wrong all game but Lukaku switched the ball left to Martial and his finish, wrong-footing Pope, was the game’s moment of defining quality. Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 54 min) Mourinho is still trying to frame the argument that his attacking options are all but run out, declaring that now there is “no competition for places” and listing his injury absentees including Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the reason that the club are undertaking such an enormous investment. The questions over the money paid to Sanchez and his agent, as well as Arsenal, will inevitably come and Mourinho is preparing the ground in that respect. “We look to the attacking areas and we need that extra competitive internal competition and more solutions for us,” the United manager said. “I expect [the Sanchez transfer to be completed] soon or never. I think is so close, so close, so close that if it doesn't happen [now] it's not going to happen so I am positive, I know my people is doing everything they can, the owners with the green light, Mr [Ed] Woodward and Matt Judge [head of corporate development, with responsibility for contracts] working hard and everybody is giving everything they can and I think they are going to be successful.” How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United? For Dyche, there was praise for his side that ran United very close but also regrets about falling the wrong side of many of referee Mike Dean’s decisions, including a penalty appeal for substitute Sam Vokes. “That was one of about three thousand but that was the main one,” Dyche said. “But I will stick to that one. The margins are tight in refereeing decisions, it’s always a tricky one.” Dyche felt that Paul Pogba had walked a fine line, pulling the shirt of Jack Cork and then kicking the ball away but escaping a booking on that occasion before later picking one up for fouling the same opponent. “I don’t want players to be sent off by the way, make sure you put that, because I think some of the rules are crazy… but over 90 minutes if you are not getting the right side and there was a lot that went against us, they can all add up.” Jose Mourinho gestures on the touchline Credit: Getty images Burnley pushed hard in the closing stages with Vokes, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and finally Nahki Wells sent on to attack United, even so it took an excellent one-handed stop from Pope to stop a shot from Martial on the breakaway. Dyche would not be drawn on the interest in signing Aaron Lennon from Everton but let it be known that Burnley would not be signing anyone on wages of £100,000-a-week. At the centre of United’s defence, Phil Jones was excellent and at left-back Ashley Young was back in the team ahead of Luke Shaw. The Englishman had been picked for the last five games, and on Friday Mourinho let it be known that Shaw that he was one of the best left-backs in the Premier League. On Saturday he dropped him. After conceding, Burnley came closest when Johann Berg Gudmundsson hit a free-kick that clipped David De Gea’s bar and later a ball from the Icelander ran across the United goalmouth after Lukaku had lost possession. By the next time United play, the likelihood is that they will be that much more formidable. 4:59PM They scraped it, but credit where credit's due United didn't set the world alight here but Tony Martial's strike early in the second half was a worthy winner of this otherwise pretty dull affair. Burnley only truly got going after that goal and in truth they didn't ever look like scoring. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling defended brilliantly, and dealt with the aerial bombardment valiantly. A hard-earned three points for Mourinho's men. 4:56PM Full time United clear once, twice, three times, it's really, really great defending, and they hold on! United take a far from pretty but still crucial three points back to Manchester. 4:55PM 90 mins +5 Fellaini tries a ludicrous flick and gives possession back to Burnley. They launch an attack and have one last chance from a corner. Everyone is up. Pop included. 4:54PM 90 mins +4  Valencia is felled and takes a good 30 seconds to get back to his feet. Top notch game management, this. 4:52PM 90 mins +2 Lukaku is well positioned again to clear. The ball back in from Defour causes mayhem in the box, but United stand firm and scramble is clear. Nkoudou brings it back towards goal but is brought down by Rashford.  Gudmundsson whips in the free-kick but Vokes heads over.  United replace Martial with Herrera to eat up some valuable seconds. 4:51PM 90 mins +1 Taylor wins a corner. Load the box. 4:50PM 90 mins Pogba feeds Rashford, but Taylor gets back to shut him out well. FIVE minutes added on. Can Burnley find an equaliser? 4:49PM 89 mins Final sub for Burnley as Nakhi wells replaces Ashley Barnes. 4:47PM 87 mins Martial goes flying towards goal, jinks onto his left and then stings Pope's fingers with a fierce shot. Well hit, decent save. 4:46PM 85 mins Good build-up from Burnley ends with a cross that Vokes can't quite get on the end of, but Smalling heads behind for a corner. Gudmundsson takes it, and Vokes shows great strength to beat Fellaini to the cross even though he is clearly having his shirt pulled - but he can only head wide. Vokes suggests to Mike Dean that he could have had a penalty there, but the ref isn't interested. Miss: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Sam Vokes, 85 min) 4:43PM 84 mins Some nice intricate play from United to get into the Burnley box, and Martial nearly finishes it off but can't quite escape the grasp of Ben Mee. 4:41PM 81 mins Matic has just had the worst shot ever. Very nearly went for a throw-in. Out: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Nemanja Matic, 81 min) Sam Vokes and Spurs loanee Georges-Kevin Nkoudou come on for Arfield and Hendrick for the hosts. 4:39PM 80 mins Rashford replaces Lingard for the final 10 minutes. 4:39PM 79 mins Martial is too slow to get his head up, then his pass to put in Lingard is at him, rather than ahead of him, allowing Mee to get back and block the shot. 4:37PM 77 mins Defour puts the ball into the box, Barnes heads at goal, but he gets too much on it when it just needed a glance and he puts it well wide. 4:36PM 76 mins Cynical take-down from Matic on Arfield. Yellow card. 4:35PM 15 minutes to go Burnley still very much in this one. Plenty of time for an equaliser, but United are a threat on the counter. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal 4:32PM 71 mins The corner finds Mee at the back post, who powers a header across goal but Lukaku is really well placed to clear.  Burnley come again, with Gudmundsson played in on the right, and his low ball across the face of goal is just to far ahead of Arfield at the back post. Replays show Smalling got a crucial touch. Mourinho responds to the Burnley onslaught by replacing little, harmless Juan Mata with big, scary Marouane Fellaini. Seems a wise move. 4:30PM 69 mins Pogba stops Cork in his tracks and earns himself a yellow. The big men plod forward with the ball about to be launched into the box. It's played short to Defour, who whips at goal from more of an angle than the central free-kick had allowed. Mee stoops to head at goal, and his looping header is tipped over for a corner.  4:27PM 67 mins Jones nips in to intercept a poor pass and launch a United counter. He feeds Martial, who plays inside to Lukaku but Mee gets enough of a block to turn the shot away from goal.  Bardsley is booked for a late challenge on Smalling. 4:25PM 64 mins What a challenge from Tarkowski with Lukaku bearing down on goal. He gets a toe in at the very last opportunity and denies Lukaku a clear sight of goal. 4:19PM 59 mins Burnley have livened up now. A cross into the box finds Arfield, who heads at goal and it hits Smalling - the whole ground wants a penalty for handball, but Mike Dean says a firm 'no'. 4:17PM Off the bar! It's Gudmundsson in fact who takes the free-kick, left-footed, and he beats the wall, and seems to have beaten De Gea, too. The United keeper stands and stares as the ball cannons off the top of his crossbar and away to safety. So close! Post: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Johann Berg Gudmundsson, 57 min) 4:16PM 57 mins Burnley have a chance with Mata giving away a free-kick right on the edge of the United box. United know all about Defour's ability from here. The Belgian stands over it. 4:15PM GOOOOOALL!!  Martial puts United ahead! Finally United have a shot on target and with it they have a goal! Lukaku gets the ball in an inside right position on the break and has Martial in support on the left. He takes an age to get the ball under control and eventually finds the Frenchman in space. Martial opens his body up but shoots towards the near post top corner and completely befuddles Pope, firing into the net off the underside of the bar. What a finish. Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 54 min) 4:13PM 54 mins The game looks to be opening up up a little now with the sides exchanging counter-attacks and the volume in Turf Moor rising accordingly.  4:12PM 52 mins United get into a decent position down the left, Mata's drilled cross is deflected behind for a corner. Burnley clear/ 4:08PM 48 mins So nearly a chance! But there isn't one. Lingard looks to wind one up after coming in off the left but is tackled, before Lukaku lifts his leg to shoot, but is crowded out.  4:04PM The players are back out Please, please, please can we have something else this half, guys? Burnley get the second half started. 0-0 half time here. Burnley vs Man Utd. Best thing so far has been the performance at HT of @seanruane reminded me of Italia 90...��������— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) January 20, 2018 4:03PM Michael Carrick is with the away fans at Turf Moor Credit: Getty images 3:51PM Half time I've seen some bad United games under Mourinho but this has to be up there with the worst first half of his reign. So little imagination, so little ambition, so little penetration. Just terrible. Burnley started well enough and there was the odd bright moment for both teams but nothing to at all to get excited about. There were a lot of over-hit crosses... So, so many over-hit crosses. I've had enough. Hopefully we see something completely, utterly, totally different after the break. Please. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 3:47PM 45 mins Just one minute to be added on. 3:46PM 42 mins Best chance of the game for United and it's all of Young's making. He looks like he has absolutely nothing on in a wide left position, but in the blink of an eye he nutmegs Gudmundsson and is into the box.  Still very wide but running to straight at goal to shape to cross, he opens his body up and bends an effort at the far corner, but just doesn't get around it enough, and it goes wide. Unlucky, but still no shot on target for United. Miss: Burnley 0 - 0 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 42 min) 3:43PM 40 mins Hendrick advances well, and gets into the United box. He tries to feed Arfield but Smalling gets there to snuff it out and clear. 3:38PM 36 mins What a ball from Lingard out to Martial in space on the left. He drives at Bardsley, and looks to have him in the perfect position, backtracking towards his own goal. A confident, in-form Martial goes flying past a full-back there; this one stumbles, delays and shoots straight into Bardsley. The chance goes. 3:36PM 34 mins Possession: Burnley vs Man Utd More possession for United so far, but they aren't doing enough with it. 3:34PM 31 mins Mee catching Lingard late, and it doesn't look too bad on first viewing but the United man has stayed down as play goes on, before the ball is eventually put out of play. The Burnley skipper gets a slightly harsh yellow card for his trouble. 3:32PM 29 mins Biggest cheer of the afternoon as Martial chases down Pogba's over-hit pass, can't get to it, and falls over the advertising hoardings. 3:31PM 28 mins Burnley's best chance of the game, as Mee heads over from a very good position from a corner. Should do better. 3:30PM 27 mins Both teams are moving the ball well enough and creating opportunities in wide areas, but neither has been able to penetrate the narrow defence they are facing.  Antonio Valencia sends a cross over everyone and out for a goal kick. Point made. 3:28PM 25 mins Bored as the rest of us, Jose?  There's not been much excitement at Turf Moor Credit: Reuters Hendrick fires harmlessly wide from a frankly ludicrous position on the half volley, against one of the best goalkeepers on the planet.   3:24PM 21 mins Pogba tries a very ambitious ball over the extremely deep Burnley defence, Lukaku - quite reasonably - can't get anywhere near it, and Pogba gestures at his team-mate that he should be quicker onto it. Not sure about that one, Pogs. 3:21PM 18 mins Pogba is everywhere for United. He goes charging onto a ball on the left and cuts back for Martial in the centre - how/when has he seen that that pass was on?! - but Martial's shot is deflected wide.  The corner comes to nothing. 3:17PM 14 mins Burnley race up the other end with Gudmundsson cutting in from the right and shooting low at goal left-footed, but that's easy for De Gea. 3:16PM 13 mins First shot of the game for United comes from a lovely disguised, dinked pass over the defence from Young for Pogba who has gone tip-toeing into the Burnley box. It's a really tough chance, but he tries to poke it at goal as it comes dropping over his shoulder and can't keep it down. 3:15PM 12 mins Burnley having the slightly better of this one so far. Very early days, though, of course. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal 3:11PM 8 mins And quickly after Pogba gives possession away inside his own half, Burnley spring into action and Defour finds Hendrick, who slips Barnes in  but he has Jones for company and the United defender does enough to put him off. Hendrick's follow up is tame and straight at De Gea. 3:09PM 7 mins This. Is. Burnley. A long, raking ball from a free-kick in their own half finds Tarkowski at the back post, and he nods back across goal but there's no team-mate close enough to get on the end of it. A first bit of excitement for the home fans. 3:07PM 5 mins Lukaku has a few times already come off the Burnley defence to drop into a good position and bring midfielders into play. This time the ball makes its way out to Martial on the left but his cross is poor and Pope claims well. 3:05PM 2 mins An early warning for Burnley, who look surprisingly and pretty worryingly open very early on. Pogba, Lukaku and Lingard combine but the latter's cross is overhit. 3:00PM Here come the players United are in that horrible grey away kit; Burnley in the usual claret and blue. Cyril Regis, a pioneer, a trailblazer and a wonderful footballer, passed away this week, and there will be a minute's silence before kick off. 2:57PM Kick off approaches Can Burnley further dent United's hopes of finishing second? The players will be out on the pitch shortly. 2:43PM Last time they met With this weekend the reverse fixtures of the Boxing Day lineup, these two teams meet for the second time in four weeks. Then, Burnley very nearly escaped from Old Trafford with all three points, but only ended up with one. Having gone into a two goal lead, Jesse Lingard was United's hero, scoring two second half goals to rescue a 2-2 draw. It was the third time in these sides' five meetings since Burnley returned to the top flight that Sean Dyche's men had taken points off United. I wouldn't be surprised if they did so again today. Steven Defour scored a stunning free-kick in the draw when these sides met at Old Trafford on Boxing Day Credit: Getty images 2:19PM Reasons for United to be optimistic #OnThisDay 22 years ago @ManUtd were 1️⃣2️⃣ points behind leaders Newcastle after 23 matches, before going on to win the title in May... They currently sit 1️⃣2️⃣ points behind #PL leaders Man City after 23 games �� pic.twitter.com/688wLHwgiV— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2018 2:10PM How Burnley line up They make one change to the side that lost to Palace last weekend with Scott Arfield returning. Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Cork, Defour,  Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Arfield, Barnes. Subs: Lowton, Nkoudou,  Westwood, Wells, Lindegaard, Long, Vokes.   TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ManUtd at Turf Moor today. pic.twitter.com/g0pCISaxNK— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 20, 2018 2:09PM United line up confirmed As revealed by Sam Wallace, there's no place for Shaw while Martial starts alongside Lukaku. United: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young, Pogba,  Matic, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Rashford,  Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini, McTominay.  The team news is in, #MUFC fans! Here's your starting XI to take on Burnley in today's @PremierLeague game. #BURMUNpic.twitter.com/tJEcZgQkER— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 20, 2018 2:02PM Shaw left out by Mourinho We have breaking news from our chief football writer Sam Wallace at Turf Moor: Luke Shaw has been left out of Manchester United’s starting XI to face Burnley today by Jose Mourinho, having started the last five games in a row for the club. It will be Ashley Young, back after suspension, who starts in place of Shaw at left-back the older man’s first action since he played in the 0-0 draw with Southampton on Dec 30. Shaw, who is on the bench, has struggled to make an impression on the United first team this season, only playing his first games in the EFL Cup ties in September and October. He has made just ten appearances for the club this season, although his recent form has led to suggestions that Shaw could break back into the England squad in time for the World Cup finals this summer. Mourinho has praised the 22-year-old in recent weeks describing the player as one of the best in his position in the league. Mourinho said: “I can say that in this moment I don't see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw. “He had played very well. He was already improving and playing well when I start playing him after that long spell without minutes. I remember the first time he was coming step by step, and now with a good run of matches and continuity, he is solid.  "Physically much better, mentally much stronger, tactically understanding the game much better and what we need in different phases and circumstances. I'm really happy.” 1:44PM United still wait on Sanchez Manchester United travel to Burnley without Alexis Sanchez as a deal for the Chilean has not yet been signed off. United were unable to complete the formalities of Sanchez's switch from Arsenal by the midday deadline yesterday in order for him to be available to make his debut at Turf Moor this afternoon. Henrikh Mkhitaryan isn't included in United's squad as negotiations over his switch to Arsenal continue. Mkhitaryan was also left out of the squad that faced Stoke on Monday due to the uncertainty over his future. Both Mkhitaryan and Sanchez trained with their respective sides on Friday. Though Jose Mourinho has ruled out Mkhitaryan at Burnley, he does have Ashley Young back from suspension. However, his glowing reference of Luke Shaw, who has started the past successive five games - his longest run in Mourinho's time at the club, suggests he will retain his left-back spot. "(He's) played very well," Mourinho added of Shaw. "He was already improving and playing well when I started playing him after that long spell without minutes. I remember the first time, in the Champions League, he was coming step by step and now with a good run of matches and continuity also, playing like he did against Everton two days after a previous match - good, solid, physically much better, mentally much stronger, tactically understanding much better the game and what we need in different phases and circumstances. "I'm really happy. You like the transfer market, I can say that in this moment I don't see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw."

Burnley 0 Man Utd 1: Anthony Martial scores again as United show winning mentality to grind out result

Life is about to change for Manchester United’s attacking talent when at last Alexis Sanchez arrives at Old Trafford to share goalscoring responsibilities, but in the meantime they delivered their manager Jose Mourinho a crucial third consecutive win at one of the Premier League’s most hostile outposts. This was Turf Moor in full cry, with Sean Dyche berating the officials and goalkeeper Nick Pope dispatched into the away team’s penalty area for the last corner of the game to test United’s nerve one final time as they defended a lead given to them by Anthony Martial. United are buying Sanchez to make days like these a little easier, but it should also be noted that in their four games of 2018, United are yet to concede a goal to anyone. Afterwards, Mourinho said that Sanchez’s arrival was “so close, so close, so close” and he may well even be in the side to play Yeovil Town in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday or, failing that, away to Tottenham Hotspur the following Wednesday. For Martial, as well as Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, there will be a powerful new attacking force in the side and it may well mean that standards are raised all round. Not that there was much wrong with United at Turf Moor after a first half in which they were corralled by Burnley. They struck nine minutes after the break when the centre-halves Ben Mee and James Tarkowski allowed Lukaku to break through in the middle of the pitch. Dyche’s two centre-halves did little else wrong all game but Lukaku switched the ball left to Martial and his finish, wrong-footing Pope, was the game’s moment of defining quality. Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 54 min) Mourinho is still trying to frame the argument that his attacking options are all but run out, declaring that now there is “no competition for places” and listing his injury absentees including Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the reason that the club are undertaking such an enormous investment. The questions over the money paid to Sanchez and his agent, as well as Arsenal, will inevitably come and Mourinho is preparing the ground in that respect. “We look to the attacking areas and we need that extra competitive internal competition and more solutions for us,” the United manager said. “I expect [the Sanchez transfer to be completed] soon or never. I think is so close, so close, so close that if it doesn't happen [now] it's not going to happen so I am positive, I know my people is doing everything they can, the owners with the green light, Mr [Ed] Woodward and Matt Judge [head of corporate development, with responsibility for contracts] working hard and everybody is giving everything they can and I think they are going to be successful.” How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United? For Dyche, there was praise for his side that ran United very close but also regrets about falling the wrong side of many of referee Mike Dean’s decisions, including a penalty appeal for substitute Sam Vokes. “That was one of about three thousand but that was the main one,” Dyche said. “But I will stick to that one. The margins are tight in refereeing decisions, it’s always a tricky one.” Dyche felt that Paul Pogba had walked a fine line, pulling the shirt of Jack Cork and then kicking the ball away but escaping a booking on that occasion before later picking one up for fouling the same opponent. “I don’t want players to be sent off by the way, make sure you put that, because I think some of the rules are crazy… but over 90 minutes if you are not getting the right side and there was a lot that went against us, they can all add up.” Jose Mourinho gestures on the touchline Credit: Getty images Burnley pushed hard in the closing stages with Vokes, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and finally Nahki Wells sent on to attack United, even so it took an excellent one-handed stop from Pope to stop a shot from Martial on the breakaway. Dyche would not be drawn on the interest in signing Aaron Lennon from Everton but let it be known that Burnley would not be signing anyone on wages of £100,000-a-week. At the centre of United’s defence, Phil Jones was excellent and at left-back Ashley Young was back in the team ahead of Luke Shaw. The Englishman had been picked for the last five games, and on Friday Mourinho let it be known that Shaw that he was one of the best left-backs in the Premier League. On Saturday he dropped him. After conceding, Burnley came closest when Johann Berg Gudmundsson hit a free-kick that clipped David De Gea’s bar and later a ball from the Icelander ran across the United goalmouth after Lukaku had lost possession. By the next time United play, the likelihood is that they will be that much more formidable. 4:59PM They scraped it, but credit where credit's due United didn't set the world alight here but Tony Martial's strike early in the second half was a worthy winner of this otherwise pretty dull affair. Burnley only truly got going after that goal and in truth they didn't ever look like scoring. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling defended brilliantly, and dealt with the aerial bombardment valiantly. A hard-earned three points for Mourinho's men. 4:56PM Full time United clear once, twice, three times, it's really, really great defending, and they hold on! United take a far from pretty but still crucial three points back to Manchester. 4:55PM 90 mins +5 Fellaini tries a ludicrous flick and gives possession back to Burnley. They launch an attack and have one last chance from a corner. Everyone is up. Pop included. 4:54PM 90 mins +4  Valencia is felled and takes a good 30 seconds to get back to his feet. Top notch game management, this. 4:52PM 90 mins +2 Lukaku is well positioned again to clear. The ball back in from Defour causes mayhem in the box, but United stand firm and scramble is clear. Nkoudou brings it back towards goal but is brought down by Rashford.  Gudmundsson whips in the free-kick but Vokes heads over.  United replace Martial with Herrera to eat up some valuable seconds. 4:51PM 90 mins +1 Taylor wins a corner. Load the box. 4:50PM 90 mins Pogba feeds Rashford, but Taylor gets back to shut him out well. FIVE minutes added on. Can Burnley find an equaliser? 4:49PM 89 mins Final sub for Burnley as Nakhi wells replaces Ashley Barnes. 4:47PM 87 mins Martial goes flying towards goal, jinks onto his left and then stings Pope's fingers with a fierce shot. Well hit, decent save. 4:46PM 85 mins Good build-up from Burnley ends with a cross that Vokes can't quite get on the end of, but Smalling heads behind for a corner. Gudmundsson takes it, and Vokes shows great strength to beat Fellaini to the cross even though he is clearly having his shirt pulled - but he can only head wide. Vokes suggests to Mike Dean that he could have had a penalty there, but the ref isn't interested. Miss: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Sam Vokes, 85 min) 4:43PM 84 mins Some nice intricate play from United to get into the Burnley box, and Martial nearly finishes it off but can't quite escape the grasp of Ben Mee. 4:41PM 81 mins Matic has just had the worst shot ever. Very nearly went for a throw-in. Out: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Nemanja Matic, 81 min) Sam Vokes and Spurs loanee Georges-Kevin Nkoudou come on for Arfield and Hendrick for the hosts. 4:39PM 80 mins Rashford replaces Lingard for the final 10 minutes. 4:39PM 79 mins Martial is too slow to get his head up, then his pass to put in Lingard is at him, rather than ahead of him, allowing Mee to get back and block the shot. 4:37PM 77 mins Defour puts the ball into the box, Barnes heads at goal, but he gets too much on it when it just needed a glance and he puts it well wide. 4:36PM 76 mins Cynical take-down from Matic on Arfield. Yellow card. 4:35PM 15 minutes to go Burnley still very much in this one. Plenty of time for an equaliser, but United are a threat on the counter. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal 4:32PM 71 mins The corner finds Mee at the back post, who powers a header across goal but Lukaku is really well placed to clear.  Burnley come again, with Gudmundsson played in on the right, and his low ball across the face of goal is just to far ahead of Arfield at the back post. Replays show Smalling got a crucial touch. Mourinho responds to the Burnley onslaught by replacing little, harmless Juan Mata with big, scary Marouane Fellaini. Seems a wise move. 4:30PM 69 mins Pogba stops Cork in his tracks and earns himself a yellow. The big men plod forward with the ball about to be launched into the box. It's played short to Defour, who whips at goal from more of an angle than the central free-kick had allowed. Mee stoops to head at goal, and his looping header is tipped over for a corner.  4:27PM 67 mins Jones nips in to intercept a poor pass and launch a United counter. He feeds Martial, who plays inside to Lukaku but Mee gets enough of a block to turn the shot away from goal.  Bardsley is booked for a late challenge on Smalling. 4:25PM 64 mins What a challenge from Tarkowski with Lukaku bearing down on goal. He gets a toe in at the very last opportunity and denies Lukaku a clear sight of goal. 4:19PM 59 mins Burnley have livened up now. A cross into the box finds Arfield, who heads at goal and it hits Smalling - the whole ground wants a penalty for handball, but Mike Dean says a firm 'no'. 4:17PM Off the bar! It's Gudmundsson in fact who takes the free-kick, left-footed, and he beats the wall, and seems to have beaten De Gea, too. The United keeper stands and stares as the ball cannons off the top of his crossbar and away to safety. So close! Post: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Johann Berg Gudmundsson, 57 min) 4:16PM 57 mins Burnley have a chance with Mata giving away a free-kick right on the edge of the United box. United know all about Defour's ability from here. The Belgian stands over it. 4:15PM GOOOOOALL!!  Martial puts United ahead! Finally United have a shot on target and with it they have a goal! Lukaku gets the ball in an inside right position on the break and has Martial in support on the left. He takes an age to get the ball under control and eventually finds the Frenchman in space. Martial opens his body up but shoots towards the near post top corner and completely befuddles Pope, firing into the net off the underside of the bar. What a finish. Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 54 min) 4:13PM 54 mins The game looks to be opening up up a little now with the sides exchanging counter-attacks and the volume in Turf Moor rising accordingly.  4:12PM 52 mins United get into a decent position down the left, Mata's drilled cross is deflected behind for a corner. Burnley clear/ 4:08PM 48 mins So nearly a chance! But there isn't one. Lingard looks to wind one up after coming in off the left but is tackled, before Lukaku lifts his leg to shoot, but is crowded out.  4:04PM The players are back out Please, please, please can we have something else this half, guys? Burnley get the second half started. 0-0 half time here. Burnley vs Man Utd. Best thing so far has been the performance at HT of @seanruane reminded me of Italia 90...��������— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) January 20, 2018 4:03PM Michael Carrick is with the away fans at Turf Moor Credit: Getty images 3:51PM Half time I've seen some bad United games under Mourinho but this has to be up there with the worst first half of his reign. So little imagination, so little ambition, so little penetration. Just terrible. Burnley started well enough and there was the odd bright moment for both teams but nothing to at all to get excited about. There were a lot of over-hit crosses... So, so many over-hit crosses. I've had enough. Hopefully we see something completely, utterly, totally different after the break. Please. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 3:47PM 45 mins Just one minute to be added on. 3:46PM 42 mins Best chance of the game for United and it's all of Young's making. He looks like he has absolutely nothing on in a wide left position, but in the blink of an eye he nutmegs Gudmundsson and is into the box.  Still very wide but running to straight at goal to shape to cross, he opens his body up and bends an effort at the far corner, but just doesn't get around it enough, and it goes wide. Unlucky, but still no shot on target for United. Miss: Burnley 0 - 0 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 42 min) 3:43PM 40 mins Hendrick advances well, and gets into the United box. He tries to feed Arfield but Smalling gets there to snuff it out and clear. 3:38PM 36 mins What a ball from Lingard out to Martial in space on the left. He drives at Bardsley, and looks to have him in the perfect position, backtracking towards his own goal. A confident, in-form Martial goes flying past a full-back there; this one stumbles, delays and shoots straight into Bardsley. The chance goes. 3:36PM 34 mins Possession: Burnley vs Man Utd More possession for United so far, but they aren't doing enough with it. 3:34PM 31 mins Mee catching Lingard late, and it doesn't look too bad on first viewing but the United man has stayed down as play goes on, before the ball is eventually put out of play. The Burnley skipper gets a slightly harsh yellow card for his trouble. 3:32PM 29 mins Biggest cheer of the afternoon as Martial chases down Pogba's over-hit pass, can't get to it, and falls over the advertising hoardings. 3:31PM 28 mins Burnley's best chance of the game, as Mee heads over from a very good position from a corner. Should do better. 3:30PM 27 mins Both teams are moving the ball well enough and creating opportunities in wide areas, but neither has been able to penetrate the narrow defence they are facing.  Antonio Valencia sends a cross over everyone and out for a goal kick. Point made. 3:28PM 25 mins Bored as the rest of us, Jose?  There's not been much excitement at Turf Moor Credit: Reuters Hendrick fires harmlessly wide from a frankly ludicrous position on the half volley, against one of the best goalkeepers on the planet.   3:24PM 21 mins Pogba tries a very ambitious ball over the extremely deep Burnley defence, Lukaku - quite reasonably - can't get anywhere near it, and Pogba gestures at his team-mate that he should be quicker onto it. Not sure about that one, Pogs. 3:21PM 18 mins Pogba is everywhere for United. He goes charging onto a ball on the left and cuts back for Martial in the centre - how/when has he seen that that pass was on?! - but Martial's shot is deflected wide.  The corner comes to nothing. 3:17PM 14 mins Burnley race up the other end with Gudmundsson cutting in from the right and shooting low at goal left-footed, but that's easy for De Gea. 3:16PM 13 mins First shot of the game for United comes from a lovely disguised, dinked pass over the defence from Young for Pogba who has gone tip-toeing into the Burnley box. It's a really tough chance, but he tries to poke it at goal as it comes dropping over his shoulder and can't keep it down. 3:15PM 12 mins Burnley having the slightly better of this one so far. Very early days, though, of course. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal 3:11PM 8 mins And quickly after Pogba gives possession away inside his own half, Burnley spring into action and Defour finds Hendrick, who slips Barnes in  but he has Jones for company and the United defender does enough to put him off. Hendrick's follow up is tame and straight at De Gea. 3:09PM 7 mins This. Is. Burnley. A long, raking ball from a free-kick in their own half finds Tarkowski at the back post, and he nods back across goal but there's no team-mate close enough to get on the end of it. A first bit of excitement for the home fans. 3:07PM 5 mins Lukaku has a few times already come off the Burnley defence to drop into a good position and bring midfielders into play. This time the ball makes its way out to Martial on the left but his cross is poor and Pope claims well. 3:05PM 2 mins An early warning for Burnley, who look surprisingly and pretty worryingly open very early on. Pogba, Lukaku and Lingard combine but the latter's cross is overhit. 3:00PM Here come the players United are in that horrible grey away kit; Burnley in the usual claret and blue. Cyril Regis, a pioneer, a trailblazer and a wonderful footballer, passed away this week, and there will be a minute's silence before kick off. 2:57PM Kick off approaches Can Burnley further dent United's hopes of finishing second? The players will be out on the pitch shortly. 2:43PM Last time they met With this weekend the reverse fixtures of the Boxing Day lineup, these two teams meet for the second time in four weeks. Then, Burnley very nearly escaped from Old Trafford with all three points, but only ended up with one. Having gone into a two goal lead, Jesse Lingard was United's hero, scoring two second half goals to rescue a 2-2 draw. It was the third time in these sides' five meetings since Burnley returned to the top flight that Sean Dyche's men had taken points off United. I wouldn't be surprised if they did so again today. Steven Defour scored a stunning free-kick in the draw when these sides met at Old Trafford on Boxing Day Credit: Getty images 2:19PM Reasons for United to be optimistic #OnThisDay 22 years ago @ManUtd were 1️⃣2️⃣ points behind leaders Newcastle after 23 matches, before going on to win the title in May... They currently sit 1️⃣2️⃣ points behind #PL leaders Man City after 23 games �� pic.twitter.com/688wLHwgiV— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2018 2:10PM How Burnley line up They make one change to the side that lost to Palace last weekend with Scott Arfield returning. Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Cork, Defour,  Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Arfield, Barnes. Subs: Lowton, Nkoudou,  Westwood, Wells, Lindegaard, Long, Vokes.   TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ManUtd at Turf Moor today. pic.twitter.com/g0pCISaxNK— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 20, 2018 2:09PM United line up confirmed As revealed by Sam Wallace, there's no place for Shaw while Martial starts alongside Lukaku. United: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young, Pogba,  Matic, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Rashford,  Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini, McTominay.  The team news is in, #MUFC fans! Here's your starting XI to take on Burnley in today's @PremierLeague game. #BURMUNpic.twitter.com/tJEcZgQkER— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 20, 2018 2:02PM Shaw left out by Mourinho We have breaking news from our chief football writer Sam Wallace at Turf Moor: Luke Shaw has been left out of Manchester United’s starting XI to face Burnley today by Jose Mourinho, having started the last five games in a row for the club. It will be Ashley Young, back after suspension, who starts in place of Shaw at left-back the older man’s first action since he played in the 0-0 draw with Southampton on Dec 30. Shaw, who is on the bench, has struggled to make an impression on the United first team this season, only playing his first games in the EFL Cup ties in September and October. He has made just ten appearances for the club this season, although his recent form has led to suggestions that Shaw could break back into the England squad in time for the World Cup finals this summer. Mourinho has praised the 22-year-old in recent weeks describing the player as one of the best in his position in the league. Mourinho said: “I can say that in this moment I don't see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw. “He had played very well. He was already improving and playing well when I start playing him after that long spell without minutes. I remember the first time he was coming step by step, and now with a good run of matches and continuity, he is solid.  "Physically much better, mentally much stronger, tactically understanding the game much better and what we need in different phases and circumstances. I'm really happy.” 1:44PM United still wait on Sanchez Manchester United travel to Burnley without Alexis Sanchez as a deal for the Chilean has not yet been signed off. United were unable to complete the formalities of Sanchez's switch from Arsenal by the midday deadline yesterday in order for him to be available to make his debut at Turf Moor this afternoon. Henrikh Mkhitaryan isn't included in United's squad as negotiations over his switch to Arsenal continue. Mkhitaryan was also left out of the squad that faced Stoke on Monday due to the uncertainty over his future. Both Mkhitaryan and Sanchez trained with their respective sides on Friday. Though Jose Mourinho has ruled out Mkhitaryan at Burnley, he does have Ashley Young back from suspension. However, his glowing reference of Luke Shaw, who has started the past successive five games - his longest run in Mourinho's time at the club, suggests he will retain his left-back spot. "(He's) played very well," Mourinho added of Shaw. "He was already improving and playing well when I started playing him after that long spell without minutes. I remember the first time, in the Champions League, he was coming step by step and now with a good run of matches and continuity also, playing like he did against Everton two days after a previous match - good, solid, physically much better, mentally much stronger, tactically understanding much better the game and what we need in different phases and circumstances. "I'm really happy. You like the transfer market, I can say that in this moment I don't see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw."

Burnley 0 Man Utd 1: Anthony Martial scores again as United show winning mentality to grind out result

Life is about to change for Manchester United’s attacking talent when at last Alexis Sanchez arrives at Old Trafford to share goalscoring responsibilities, but in the meantime they delivered their manager Jose Mourinho a crucial third consecutive win at one of the Premier League’s most hostile outposts. This was Turf Moor in full cry, with Sean Dyche berating the officials and goalkeeper Nick Pope dispatched into the away team’s penalty area for the last corner of the game to test United’s nerve one final time as they defended a lead given to them by Anthony Martial. United are buying Sanchez to make days like these a little easier, but it should also be noted that in their four games of 2018, United are yet to concede a goal to anyone. Afterwards, Mourinho said that Sanchez’s arrival was “so close, so close, so close” and he may well even be in the side to play Yeovil Town in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday or, failing that, away to Tottenham Hotspur the following Wednesday. For Martial, as well as Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, there will be a powerful new attacking force in the side and it may well mean that standards are raised all round. Not that there was much wrong with United at Turf Moor after a first half in which they were corralled by Burnley. They struck nine minutes after the break when the centre-halves Ben Mee and James Tarkowski allowed Lukaku to break through in the middle of the pitch. Dyche’s two centre-halves did little else wrong all game but Lukaku switched the ball left to Martial and his finish, wrong-footing Pope, was the game’s moment of defining quality. Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 54 min) Mourinho is still trying to frame the argument that his attacking options are all but run out, declaring that now there is “no competition for places” and listing his injury absentees including Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the reason that the club are undertaking such an enormous investment. The questions over the money paid to Sanchez and his agent, as well as Arsenal, will inevitably come and Mourinho is preparing the ground in that respect. “We look to the attacking areas and we need that extra competitive internal competition and more solutions for us,” the United manager said. “I expect [the Sanchez transfer to be completed] soon or never. I think is so close, so close, so close that if it doesn't happen [now] it's not going to happen so I am positive, I know my people is doing everything they can, the owners with the green light, Mr [Ed] Woodward and Matt Judge [head of corporate development, with responsibility for contracts] working hard and everybody is giving everything they can and I think they are going to be successful.” How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United? For Dyche, there was praise for his side that ran United very close but also regrets about falling the wrong side of many of referee Mike Dean’s decisions, including a penalty appeal for substitute Sam Vokes. “That was one of about three thousand but that was the main one,” Dyche said. “But I will stick to that one. The margins are tight in refereeing decisions, it’s always a tricky one.” Dyche felt that Paul Pogba had walked a fine line, pulling the shirt of Jack Cork and then kicking the ball away but escaping a booking on that occasion before later picking one up for fouling the same opponent. “I don’t want players to be sent off by the way, make sure you put that, because I think some of the rules are crazy… but over 90 minutes if you are not getting the right side and there was a lot that went against us, they can all add up.” Jose Mourinho gestures on the touchline Credit: Getty images Burnley pushed hard in the closing stages with Vokes, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and finally Nahki Wells sent on to attack United, even so it took an excellent one-handed stop from Pope to stop a shot from Martial on the breakaway. Dyche would not be drawn on the interest in signing Aaron Lennon from Everton but let it be known that Burnley would not be signing anyone on wages of £100,000-a-week. At the centre of United’s defence, Phil Jones was excellent and at left-back Ashley Young was back in the team ahead of Luke Shaw. The Englishman had been picked for the last five games, and on Friday Mourinho let it be known that Shaw that he was one of the best left-backs in the Premier League. On Saturday he dropped him. After conceding, Burnley came closest when Johann Berg Gudmundsson hit a free-kick that clipped David De Gea’s bar and later a ball from the Icelander ran across the United goalmouth after Lukaku had lost possession. By the next time United play, the likelihood is that they will be that much more formidable. 4:59PM They scraped it, but credit where credit's due United didn't set the world alight here but Tony Martial's strike early in the second half was a worthy winner of this otherwise pretty dull affair. Burnley only truly got going after that goal and in truth they didn't ever look like scoring. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling defended brilliantly, and dealt with the aerial bombardment valiantly. A hard-earned three points for Mourinho's men. 4:56PM Full time United clear once, twice, three times, it's really, really great defending, and they hold on! United take a far from pretty but still crucial three points back to Manchester. 4:55PM 90 mins +5 Fellaini tries a ludicrous flick and gives possession back to Burnley. They launch an attack and have one last chance from a corner. Everyone is up. Pop included. 4:54PM 90 mins +4  Valencia is felled and takes a good 30 seconds to get back to his feet. Top notch game management, this. 4:52PM 90 mins +2 Lukaku is well positioned again to clear. The ball back in from Defour causes mayhem in the box, but United stand firm and scramble is clear. Nkoudou brings it back towards goal but is brought down by Rashford.  Gudmundsson whips in the free-kick but Vokes heads over.  United replace Martial with Herrera to eat up some valuable seconds. 4:51PM 90 mins +1 Taylor wins a corner. Load the box. 4:50PM 90 mins Pogba feeds Rashford, but Taylor gets back to shut him out well. FIVE minutes added on. Can Burnley find an equaliser? 4:49PM 89 mins Final sub for Burnley as Nakhi wells replaces Ashley Barnes. 4:47PM 87 mins Martial goes flying towards goal, jinks onto his left and then stings Pope's fingers with a fierce shot. Well hit, decent save. 4:46PM 85 mins Good build-up from Burnley ends with a cross that Vokes can't quite get on the end of, but Smalling heads behind for a corner. Gudmundsson takes it, and Vokes shows great strength to beat Fellaini to the cross even though he is clearly having his shirt pulled - but he can only head wide. Vokes suggests to Mike Dean that he could have had a penalty there, but the ref isn't interested. Miss: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Sam Vokes, 85 min) 4:43PM 84 mins Some nice intricate play from United to get into the Burnley box, and Martial nearly finishes it off but can't quite escape the grasp of Ben Mee. 4:41PM 81 mins Matic has just had the worst shot ever. Very nearly went for a throw-in. Out: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Nemanja Matic, 81 min) Sam Vokes and Spurs loanee Georges-Kevin Nkoudou come on for Arfield and Hendrick for the hosts. 4:39PM 80 mins Rashford replaces Lingard for the final 10 minutes. 4:39PM 79 mins Martial is too slow to get his head up, then his pass to put in Lingard is at him, rather than ahead of him, allowing Mee to get back and block the shot. 4:37PM 77 mins Defour puts the ball into the box, Barnes heads at goal, but he gets too much on it when it just needed a glance and he puts it well wide. 4:36PM 76 mins Cynical take-down from Matic on Arfield. Yellow card. 4:35PM 15 minutes to go Burnley still very much in this one. Plenty of time for an equaliser, but United are a threat on the counter. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal 4:32PM 71 mins The corner finds Mee at the back post, who powers a header across goal but Lukaku is really well placed to clear.  Burnley come again, with Gudmundsson played in on the right, and his low ball across the face of goal is just to far ahead of Arfield at the back post. Replays show Smalling got a crucial touch. Mourinho responds to the Burnley onslaught by replacing little, harmless Juan Mata with big, scary Marouane Fellaini. Seems a wise move. 4:30PM 69 mins Pogba stops Cork in his tracks and earns himself a yellow. The big men plod forward with the ball about to be launched into the box. It's played short to Defour, who whips at goal from more of an angle than the central free-kick had allowed. Mee stoops to head at goal, and his looping header is tipped over for a corner.  4:27PM 67 mins Jones nips in to intercept a poor pass and launch a United counter. He feeds Martial, who plays inside to Lukaku but Mee gets enough of a block to turn the shot away from goal.  Bardsley is booked for a late challenge on Smalling. 4:25PM 64 mins What a challenge from Tarkowski with Lukaku bearing down on goal. He gets a toe in at the very last opportunity and denies Lukaku a clear sight of goal. 4:19PM 59 mins Burnley have livened up now. A cross into the box finds Arfield, who heads at goal and it hits Smalling - the whole ground wants a penalty for handball, but Mike Dean says a firm 'no'. 4:17PM Off the bar! It's Gudmundsson in fact who takes the free-kick, left-footed, and he beats the wall, and seems to have beaten De Gea, too. The United keeper stands and stares as the ball cannons off the top of his crossbar and away to safety. So close! Post: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Johann Berg Gudmundsson, 57 min) 4:16PM 57 mins Burnley have a chance with Mata giving away a free-kick right on the edge of the United box. United know all about Defour's ability from here. The Belgian stands over it. 4:15PM GOOOOOALL!!  Martial puts United ahead! Finally United have a shot on target and with it they have a goal! Lukaku gets the ball in an inside right position on the break and has Martial in support on the left. He takes an age to get the ball under control and eventually finds the Frenchman in space. Martial opens his body up but shoots towards the near post top corner and completely befuddles Pope, firing into the net off the underside of the bar. What a finish. Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 54 min) 4:13PM 54 mins The game looks to be opening up up a little now with the sides exchanging counter-attacks and the volume in Turf Moor rising accordingly.  4:12PM 52 mins United get into a decent position down the left, Mata's drilled cross is deflected behind for a corner. Burnley clear/ 4:08PM 48 mins So nearly a chance! But there isn't one. Lingard looks to wind one up after coming in off the left but is tackled, before Lukaku lifts his leg to shoot, but is crowded out.  4:04PM The players are back out Please, please, please can we have something else this half, guys? Burnley get the second half started. 0-0 half time here. Burnley vs Man Utd. Best thing so far has been the performance at HT of @seanruane reminded me of Italia 90...��������— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) January 20, 2018 4:03PM Michael Carrick is with the away fans at Turf Moor Credit: Getty images 3:51PM Half time I've seen some bad United games under Mourinho but this has to be up there with the worst first half of his reign. So little imagination, so little ambition, so little penetration. Just terrible. Burnley started well enough and there was the odd bright moment for both teams but nothing to at all to get excited about. There were a lot of over-hit crosses... So, so many over-hit crosses. I've had enough. Hopefully we see something completely, utterly, totally different after the break. Please. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 3:47PM 45 mins Just one minute to be added on. 3:46PM 42 mins Best chance of the game for United and it's all of Young's making. He looks like he has absolutely nothing on in a wide left position, but in the blink of an eye he nutmegs Gudmundsson and is into the box.  Still very wide but running to straight at goal to shape to cross, he opens his body up and bends an effort at the far corner, but just doesn't get around it enough, and it goes wide. Unlucky, but still no shot on target for United. Miss: Burnley 0 - 0 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 42 min) 3:43PM 40 mins Hendrick advances well, and gets into the United box. He tries to feed Arfield but Smalling gets there to snuff it out and clear. 3:38PM 36 mins What a ball from Lingard out to Martial in space on the left. He drives at Bardsley, and looks to have him in the perfect position, backtracking towards his own goal. A confident, in-form Martial goes flying past a full-back there; this one stumbles, delays and shoots straight into Bardsley. The chance goes. 3:36PM 34 mins Possession: Burnley vs Man Utd More possession for United so far, but they aren't doing enough with it. 3:34PM 31 mins Mee catching Lingard late, and it doesn't look too bad on first viewing but the United man has stayed down as play goes on, before the ball is eventually put out of play. The Burnley skipper gets a slightly harsh yellow card for his trouble. 3:32PM 29 mins Biggest cheer of the afternoon as Martial chases down Pogba's over-hit pass, can't get to it, and falls over the advertising hoardings. 3:31PM 28 mins Burnley's best chance of the game, as Mee heads over from a very good position from a corner. Should do better. 3:30PM 27 mins Both teams are moving the ball well enough and creating opportunities in wide areas, but neither has been able to penetrate the narrow defence they are facing.  Antonio Valencia sends a cross over everyone and out for a goal kick. Point made. 3:28PM 25 mins Bored as the rest of us, Jose?  There's not been much excitement at Turf Moor Credit: Reuters Hendrick fires harmlessly wide from a frankly ludicrous position on the half volley, against one of the best goalkeepers on the planet.   3:24PM 21 mins Pogba tries a very ambitious ball over the extremely deep Burnley defence, Lukaku - quite reasonably - can't get anywhere near it, and Pogba gestures at his team-mate that he should be quicker onto it. Not sure about that one, Pogs. 3:21PM 18 mins Pogba is everywhere for United. He goes charging onto a ball on the left and cuts back for Martial in the centre - how/when has he seen that that pass was on?! - but Martial's shot is deflected wide.  The corner comes to nothing. 3:17PM 14 mins Burnley race up the other end with Gudmundsson cutting in from the right and shooting low at goal left-footed, but that's easy for De Gea. 3:16PM 13 mins First shot of the game for United comes from a lovely disguised, dinked pass over the defence from Young for Pogba who has gone tip-toeing into the Burnley box. It's a really tough chance, but he tries to poke it at goal as it comes dropping over his shoulder and can't keep it down. 3:15PM 12 mins Burnley having the slightly better of this one so far. Very early days, though, of course. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal 3:11PM 8 mins And quickly after Pogba gives possession away inside his own half, Burnley spring into action and Defour finds Hendrick, who slips Barnes in  but he has Jones for company and the United defender does enough to put him off. Hendrick's follow up is tame and straight at De Gea. 3:09PM 7 mins This. Is. Burnley. A long, raking ball from a free-kick in their own half finds Tarkowski at the back post, and he nods back across goal but there's no team-mate close enough to get on the end of it. A first bit of excitement for the home fans. 3:07PM 5 mins Lukaku has a few times already come off the Burnley defence to drop into a good position and bring midfielders into play. This time the ball makes its way out to Martial on the left but his cross is poor and Pope claims well. 3:05PM 2 mins An early warning for Burnley, who look surprisingly and pretty worryingly open very early on. Pogba, Lukaku and Lingard combine but the latter's cross is overhit. 3:00PM Here come the players United are in that horrible grey away kit; Burnley in the usual claret and blue. Cyril Regis, a pioneer, a trailblazer and a wonderful footballer, passed away this week, and there will be a minute's silence before kick off. 2:57PM Kick off approaches Can Burnley further dent United's hopes of finishing second? The players will be out on the pitch shortly. 2:43PM Last time they met With this weekend the reverse fixtures of the Boxing Day lineup, these two teams meet for the second time in four weeks. Then, Burnley very nearly escaped from Old Trafford with all three points, but only ended up with one. Having gone into a two goal lead, Jesse Lingard was United's hero, scoring two second half goals to rescue a 2-2 draw. It was the third time in these sides' five meetings since Burnley returned to the top flight that Sean Dyche's men had taken points off United. I wouldn't be surprised if they did so again today. Steven Defour scored a stunning free-kick in the draw when these sides met at Old Trafford on Boxing Day Credit: Getty images 2:19PM Reasons for United to be optimistic #OnThisDay 22 years ago @ManUtd were 1️⃣2️⃣ points behind leaders Newcastle after 23 matches, before going on to win the title in May... They currently sit 1️⃣2️⃣ points behind #PL leaders Man City after 23 games �� pic.twitter.com/688wLHwgiV— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2018 2:10PM How Burnley line up They make one change to the side that lost to Palace last weekend with Scott Arfield returning. Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Cork, Defour,  Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Arfield, Barnes. Subs: Lowton, Nkoudou,  Westwood, Wells, Lindegaard, Long, Vokes.   TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ManUtd at Turf Moor today. pic.twitter.com/g0pCISaxNK— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 20, 2018 2:09PM United line up confirmed As revealed by Sam Wallace, there's no place for Shaw while Martial starts alongside Lukaku. United: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young, Pogba,  Matic, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Rashford,  Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini, McTominay.  The team news is in, #MUFC fans! Here's your starting XI to take on Burnley in today's @PremierLeague game. #BURMUNpic.twitter.com/tJEcZgQkER— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 20, 2018 2:02PM Shaw left out by Mourinho We have breaking news from our chief football writer Sam Wallace at Turf Moor: Luke Shaw has been left out of Manchester United’s starting XI to face Burnley today by Jose Mourinho, having started the last five games in a row for the club. It will be Ashley Young, back after suspension, who starts in place of Shaw at left-back the older man’s first action since he played in the 0-0 draw with Southampton on Dec 30. Shaw, who is on the bench, has struggled to make an impression on the United first team this season, only playing his first games in the EFL Cup ties in September and October. He has made just ten appearances for the club this season, although his recent form has led to suggestions that Shaw could break back into the England squad in time for the World Cup finals this summer. Mourinho has praised the 22-year-old in recent weeks describing the player as one of the best in his position in the league. Mourinho said: “I can say that in this moment I don't see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw. “He had played very well. He was already improving and playing well when I start playing him after that long spell without minutes. I remember the first time he was coming step by step, and now with a good run of matches and continuity, he is solid.  "Physically much better, mentally much stronger, tactically understanding the game much better and what we need in different phases and circumstances. I'm really happy.” 1:44PM United still wait on Sanchez Manchester United travel to Burnley without Alexis Sanchez as a deal for the Chilean has not yet been signed off. United were unable to complete the formalities of Sanchez's switch from Arsenal by the midday deadline yesterday in order for him to be available to make his debut at Turf Moor this afternoon. Henrikh Mkhitaryan isn't included in United's squad as negotiations over his switch to Arsenal continue. Mkhitaryan was also left out of the squad that faced Stoke on Monday due to the uncertainty over his future. Both Mkhitaryan and Sanchez trained with their respective sides on Friday. Though Jose Mourinho has ruled out Mkhitaryan at Burnley, he does have Ashley Young back from suspension. However, his glowing reference of Luke Shaw, who has started the past successive five games - his longest run in Mourinho's time at the club, suggests he will retain his left-back spot. "(He's) played very well," Mourinho added of Shaw. "He was already improving and playing well when I started playing him after that long spell without minutes. I remember the first time, in the Champions League, he was coming step by step and now with a good run of matches and continuity also, playing like he did against Everton two days after a previous match - good, solid, physically much better, mentally much stronger, tactically understanding much better the game and what we need in different phases and circumstances. "I'm really happy. You like the transfer market, I can say that in this moment I don't see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw."

Burnley 0 Man Utd 1: Anthony Martial scores again as United show winning mentality to grind out result

Life is about to change for Manchester United’s attacking talent when at last Alexis Sanchez arrives at Old Trafford to share goalscoring responsibilities, but in the meantime they delivered their manager Jose Mourinho a crucial third consecutive win at one of the Premier League’s most hostile outposts. This was Turf Moor in full cry, with Sean Dyche berating the officials and goalkeeper Nick Pope dispatched into the away team’s penalty area for the last corner of the game to test United’s nerve one final time as they defended a lead given to them by Anthony Martial. United are buying Sanchez to make days like these a little easier, but it should also be noted that in their four games of 2018, United are yet to concede a goal to anyone. Afterwards, Mourinho said that Sanchez’s arrival was “so close, so close, so close” and he may well even be in the side to play Yeovil Town in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday or, failing that, away to Tottenham Hotspur the following Wednesday. For Martial, as well as Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, there will be a powerful new attacking force in the side and it may well mean that standards are raised all round. Not that there was much wrong with United at Turf Moor after a first half in which they were corralled by Burnley. They struck nine minutes after the break when the centre-halves Ben Mee and James Tarkowski allowed Lukaku to break through in the middle of the pitch. Dyche’s two centre-halves did little else wrong all game but Lukaku switched the ball left to Martial and his finish, wrong-footing Pope, was the game’s moment of defining quality. Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 54 min) Mourinho is still trying to frame the argument that his attacking options are all but run out, declaring that now there is “no competition for places” and listing his injury absentees including Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the reason that the club are undertaking such an enormous investment. The questions over the money paid to Sanchez and his agent, as well as Arsenal, will inevitably come and Mourinho is preparing the ground in that respect. “We look to the attacking areas and we need that extra competitive internal competition and more solutions for us,” the United manager said. “I expect [the Sanchez transfer to be completed] soon or never. I think is so close, so close, so close that if it doesn't happen [now] it's not going to happen so I am positive, I know my people is doing everything they can, the owners with the green light, Mr [Ed] Woodward and Matt Judge [head of corporate development, with responsibility for contracts] working hard and everybody is giving everything they can and I think they are going to be successful.” How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United? For Dyche, there was praise for his side that ran United very close but also regrets about falling the wrong side of many of referee Mike Dean’s decisions, including a penalty appeal for substitute Sam Vokes. “That was one of about three thousand but that was the main one,” Dyche said. “But I will stick to that one. The margins are tight in refereeing decisions, it’s always a tricky one.” Dyche felt that Paul Pogba had walked a fine line, pulling the shirt of Jack Cork and then kicking the ball away but escaping a booking on that occasion before later picking one up for fouling the same opponent. “I don’t want players to be sent off by the way, make sure you put that, because I think some of the rules are crazy… but over 90 minutes if you are not getting the right side and there was a lot that went against us, they can all add up.” Jose Mourinho gestures on the touchline Credit: Getty images Burnley pushed hard in the closing stages with Vokes, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and finally Nahki Wells sent on to attack United, even so it took an excellent one-handed stop from Pope to stop a shot from Martial on the breakaway. Dyche would not be drawn on the interest in signing Aaron Lennon from Everton but let it be known that Burnley would not be signing anyone on wages of £100,000-a-week. At the centre of United’s defence, Phil Jones was excellent and at left-back Ashley Young was back in the team ahead of Luke Shaw. The Englishman had been picked for the last five games, and on Friday Mourinho let it be known that Shaw that he was one of the best left-backs in the Premier League. On Saturday he dropped him. After conceding, Burnley came closest when Johann Berg Gudmundsson hit a free-kick that clipped David De Gea’s bar and later a ball from the Icelander ran across the United goalmouth after Lukaku had lost possession. By the next time United play, the likelihood is that they will be that much more formidable. 4:59PM They scraped it, but credit where credit's due United didn't set the world alight here but Tony Martial's strike early in the second half was a worthy winner of this otherwise pretty dull affair. Burnley only truly got going after that goal and in truth they didn't ever look like scoring. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling defended brilliantly, and dealt with the aerial bombardment valiantly. A hard-earned three points for Mourinho's men. 4:56PM Full time United clear once, twice, three times, it's really, really great defending, and they hold on! United take a far from pretty but still crucial three points back to Manchester. 4:55PM 90 mins +5 Fellaini tries a ludicrous flick and gives possession back to Burnley. They launch an attack and have one last chance from a corner. Everyone is up. Pop included. 4:54PM 90 mins +4  Valencia is felled and takes a good 30 seconds to get back to his feet. Top notch game management, this. 4:52PM 90 mins +2 Lukaku is well positioned again to clear. The ball back in from Defour causes mayhem in the box, but United stand firm and scramble is clear. Nkoudou brings it back towards goal but is brought down by Rashford.  Gudmundsson whips in the free-kick but Vokes heads over.  United replace Martial with Herrera to eat up some valuable seconds. 4:51PM 90 mins +1 Taylor wins a corner. Load the box. 4:50PM 90 mins Pogba feeds Rashford, but Taylor gets back to shut him out well. FIVE minutes added on. Can Burnley find an equaliser? 4:49PM 89 mins Final sub for Burnley as Nakhi wells replaces Ashley Barnes. 4:47PM 87 mins Martial goes flying towards goal, jinks onto his left and then stings Pope's fingers with a fierce shot. Well hit, decent save. 4:46PM 85 mins Good build-up from Burnley ends with a cross that Vokes can't quite get on the end of, but Smalling heads behind for a corner. Gudmundsson takes it, and Vokes shows great strength to beat Fellaini to the cross even though he is clearly having his shirt pulled - but he can only head wide. Vokes suggests to Mike Dean that he could have had a penalty there, but the ref isn't interested. Miss: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Sam Vokes, 85 min) 4:43PM 84 mins Some nice intricate play from United to get into the Burnley box, and Martial nearly finishes it off but can't quite escape the grasp of Ben Mee. 4:41PM 81 mins Matic has just had the worst shot ever. Very nearly went for a throw-in. Out: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Nemanja Matic, 81 min) Sam Vokes and Spurs loanee Georges-Kevin Nkoudou come on for Arfield and Hendrick for the hosts. 4:39PM 80 mins Rashford replaces Lingard for the final 10 minutes. 4:39PM 79 mins Martial is too slow to get his head up, then his pass to put in Lingard is at him, rather than ahead of him, allowing Mee to get back and block the shot. 4:37PM 77 mins Defour puts the ball into the box, Barnes heads at goal, but he gets too much on it when it just needed a glance and he puts it well wide. 4:36PM 76 mins Cynical take-down from Matic on Arfield. Yellow card. 4:35PM 15 minutes to go Burnley still very much in this one. Plenty of time for an equaliser, but United are a threat on the counter. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal 4:32PM 71 mins The corner finds Mee at the back post, who powers a header across goal but Lukaku is really well placed to clear.  Burnley come again, with Gudmundsson played in on the right, and his low ball across the face of goal is just to far ahead of Arfield at the back post. Replays show Smalling got a crucial touch. Mourinho responds to the Burnley onslaught by replacing little, harmless Juan Mata with big, scary Marouane Fellaini. Seems a wise move. 4:30PM 69 mins Pogba stops Cork in his tracks and earns himself a yellow. The big men plod forward with the ball about to be launched into the box. It's played short to Defour, who whips at goal from more of an angle than the central free-kick had allowed. Mee stoops to head at goal, and his looping header is tipped over for a corner.  4:27PM 67 mins Jones nips in to intercept a poor pass and launch a United counter. He feeds Martial, who plays inside to Lukaku but Mee gets enough of a block to turn the shot away from goal.  Bardsley is booked for a late challenge on Smalling. 4:25PM 64 mins What a challenge from Tarkowski with Lukaku bearing down on goal. He gets a toe in at the very last opportunity and denies Lukaku a clear sight of goal. 4:19PM 59 mins Burnley have livened up now. A cross into the box finds Arfield, who heads at goal and it hits Smalling - the whole ground wants a penalty for handball, but Mike Dean says a firm 'no'. 4:17PM Off the bar! It's Gudmundsson in fact who takes the free-kick, left-footed, and he beats the wall, and seems to have beaten De Gea, too. The United keeper stands and stares as the ball cannons off the top of his crossbar and away to safety. So close! Post: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Johann Berg Gudmundsson, 57 min) 4:16PM 57 mins Burnley have a chance with Mata giving away a free-kick right on the edge of the United box. United know all about Defour's ability from here. The Belgian stands over it. 4:15PM GOOOOOALL!!  Martial puts United ahead! Finally United have a shot on target and with it they have a goal! Lukaku gets the ball in an inside right position on the break and has Martial in support on the left. He takes an age to get the ball under control and eventually finds the Frenchman in space. Martial opens his body up but shoots towards the near post top corner and completely befuddles Pope, firing into the net off the underside of the bar. What a finish. Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 54 min) 4:13PM 54 mins The game looks to be opening up up a little now with the sides exchanging counter-attacks and the volume in Turf Moor rising accordingly.  4:12PM 52 mins United get into a decent position down the left, Mata's drilled cross is deflected behind for a corner. Burnley clear/ 4:08PM 48 mins So nearly a chance! But there isn't one. Lingard looks to wind one up after coming in off the left but is tackled, before Lukaku lifts his leg to shoot, but is crowded out.  4:04PM The players are back out Please, please, please can we have something else this half, guys? Burnley get the second half started. 0-0 half time here. Burnley vs Man Utd. Best thing so far has been the performance at HT of @seanruane reminded me of Italia 90...��������— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) January 20, 2018 4:03PM Michael Carrick is with the away fans at Turf Moor Credit: Getty images 3:51PM Half time I've seen some bad United games under Mourinho but this has to be up there with the worst first half of his reign. So little imagination, so little ambition, so little penetration. Just terrible. Burnley started well enough and there was the odd bright moment for both teams but nothing to at all to get excited about. There were a lot of over-hit crosses... So, so many over-hit crosses. I've had enough. Hopefully we see something completely, utterly, totally different after the break. Please. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 3:47PM 45 mins Just one minute to be added on. 3:46PM 42 mins Best chance of the game for United and it's all of Young's making. He looks like he has absolutely nothing on in a wide left position, but in the blink of an eye he nutmegs Gudmundsson and is into the box.  Still very wide but running to straight at goal to shape to cross, he opens his body up and bends an effort at the far corner, but just doesn't get around it enough, and it goes wide. Unlucky, but still no shot on target for United. Miss: Burnley 0 - 0 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 42 min) 3:43PM 40 mins Hendrick advances well, and gets into the United box. He tries to feed Arfield but Smalling gets there to snuff it out and clear. 3:38PM 36 mins What a ball from Lingard out to Martial in space on the left. He drives at Bardsley, and looks to have him in the perfect position, backtracking towards his own goal. A confident, in-form Martial goes flying past a full-back there; this one stumbles, delays and shoots straight into Bardsley. The chance goes. 3:36PM 34 mins Possession: Burnley vs Man Utd More possession for United so far, but they aren't doing enough with it. 3:34PM 31 mins Mee catching Lingard late, and it doesn't look too bad on first viewing but the United man has stayed down as play goes on, before the ball is eventually put out of play. The Burnley skipper gets a slightly harsh yellow card for his trouble. 3:32PM 29 mins Biggest cheer of the afternoon as Martial chases down Pogba's over-hit pass, can't get to it, and falls over the advertising hoardings. 3:31PM 28 mins Burnley's best chance of the game, as Mee heads over from a very good position from a corner. Should do better. 3:30PM 27 mins Both teams are moving the ball well enough and creating opportunities in wide areas, but neither has been able to penetrate the narrow defence they are facing.  Antonio Valencia sends a cross over everyone and out for a goal kick. Point made. 3:28PM 25 mins Bored as the rest of us, Jose?  There's not been much excitement at Turf Moor Credit: Reuters Hendrick fires harmlessly wide from a frankly ludicrous position on the half volley, against one of the best goalkeepers on the planet.   3:24PM 21 mins Pogba tries a very ambitious ball over the extremely deep Burnley defence, Lukaku - quite reasonably - can't get anywhere near it, and Pogba gestures at his team-mate that he should be quicker onto it. Not sure about that one, Pogs. 3:21PM 18 mins Pogba is everywhere for United. He goes charging onto a ball on the left and cuts back for Martial in the centre - how/when has he seen that that pass was on?! - but Martial's shot is deflected wide.  The corner comes to nothing. 3:17PM 14 mins Burnley race up the other end with Gudmundsson cutting in from the right and shooting low at goal left-footed, but that's easy for De Gea. 3:16PM 13 mins First shot of the game for United comes from a lovely disguised, dinked pass over the defence from Young for Pogba who has gone tip-toeing into the Burnley box. It's a really tough chance, but he tries to poke it at goal as it comes dropping over his shoulder and can't keep it down. 3:15PM 12 mins Burnley having the slightly better of this one so far. Very early days, though, of course. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal 3:11PM 8 mins And quickly after Pogba gives possession away inside his own half, Burnley spring into action and Defour finds Hendrick, who slips Barnes in  but he has Jones for company and the United defender does enough to put him off. Hendrick's follow up is tame and straight at De Gea. 3:09PM 7 mins This. Is. Burnley. A long, raking ball from a free-kick in their own half finds Tarkowski at the back post, and he nods back across goal but there's no team-mate close enough to get on the end of it. A first bit of excitement for the home fans. 3:07PM 5 mins Lukaku has a few times already come off the Burnley defence to drop into a good position and bring midfielders into play. This time the ball makes its way out to Martial on the left but his cross is poor and Pope claims well. 3:05PM 2 mins An early warning for Burnley, who look surprisingly and pretty worryingly open very early on. Pogba, Lukaku and Lingard combine but the latter's cross is overhit. 3:00PM Here come the players United are in that horrible grey away kit; Burnley in the usual claret and blue. Cyril Regis, a pioneer, a trailblazer and a wonderful footballer, passed away this week, and there will be a minute's silence before kick off. 2:57PM Kick off approaches Can Burnley further dent United's hopes of finishing second? The players will be out on the pitch shortly. 2:43PM Last time they met With this weekend the reverse fixtures of the Boxing Day lineup, these two teams meet for the second time in four weeks. Then, Burnley very nearly escaped from Old Trafford with all three points, but only ended up with one. Having gone into a two goal lead, Jesse Lingard was United's hero, scoring two second half goals to rescue a 2-2 draw. It was the third time in these sides' five meetings since Burnley returned to the top flight that Sean Dyche's men had taken points off United. I wouldn't be surprised if they did so again today. Steven Defour scored a stunning free-kick in the draw when these sides met at Old Trafford on Boxing Day Credit: Getty images 2:19PM Reasons for United to be optimistic #OnThisDay 22 years ago @ManUtd were 1️⃣2️⃣ points behind leaders Newcastle after 23 matches, before going on to win the title in May... They currently sit 1️⃣2️⃣ points behind #PL leaders Man City after 23 games �� pic.twitter.com/688wLHwgiV— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2018 2:10PM How Burnley line up They make one change to the side that lost to Palace last weekend with Scott Arfield returning. Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Cork, Defour,  Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Arfield, Barnes. Subs: Lowton, Nkoudou,  Westwood, Wells, Lindegaard, Long, Vokes.   TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ManUtd at Turf Moor today. pic.twitter.com/g0pCISaxNK— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 20, 2018 2:09PM United line up confirmed As revealed by Sam Wallace, there's no place for Shaw while Martial starts alongside Lukaku. United: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young, Pogba,  Matic, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Rashford,  Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini, McTominay.  The team news is in, #MUFC fans! Here's your starting XI to take on Burnley in today's @PremierLeague game. #BURMUNpic.twitter.com/tJEcZgQkER— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 20, 2018 2:02PM Shaw left out by Mourinho We have breaking news from our chief football writer Sam Wallace at Turf Moor: Luke Shaw has been left out of Manchester United’s starting XI to face Burnley today by Jose Mourinho, having started the last five games in a row for the club. It will be Ashley Young, back after suspension, who starts in place of Shaw at left-back the older man’s first action since he played in the 0-0 draw with Southampton on Dec 30. Shaw, who is on the bench, has struggled to make an impression on the United first team this season, only playing his first games in the EFL Cup ties in September and October. He has made just ten appearances for the club this season, although his recent form has led to suggestions that Shaw could break back into the England squad in time for the World Cup finals this summer. Mourinho has praised the 22-year-old in recent weeks describing the player as one of the best in his position in the league. Mourinho said: “I can say that in this moment I don't see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw. “He had played very well. He was already improving and playing well when I start playing him after that long spell without minutes. I remember the first time he was coming step by step, and now with a good run of matches and continuity, he is solid.  "Physically much better, mentally much stronger, tactically understanding the game much better and what we need in different phases and circumstances. I'm really happy.” 1:44PM United still wait on Sanchez Manchester United travel to Burnley without Alexis Sanchez as a deal for the Chilean has not yet been signed off. United were unable to complete the formalities of Sanchez's switch from Arsenal by the midday deadline yesterday in order for him to be available to make his debut at Turf Moor this afternoon. Henrikh Mkhitaryan isn't included in United's squad as negotiations over his switch to Arsenal continue. Mkhitaryan was also left out of the squad that faced Stoke on Monday due to the uncertainty over his future. Both Mkhitaryan and Sanchez trained with their respective sides on Friday. Though Jose Mourinho has ruled out Mkhitaryan at Burnley, he does have Ashley Young back from suspension. However, his glowing reference of Luke Shaw, who has started the past successive five games - his longest run in Mourinho's time at the club, suggests he will retain his left-back spot. "(He's) played very well," Mourinho added of Shaw. "He was already improving and playing well when I started playing him after that long spell without minutes. I remember the first time, in the Champions League, he was coming step by step and now with a good run of matches and continuity also, playing like he did against Everton two days after a previous match - good, solid, physically much better, mentally much stronger, tactically understanding much better the game and what we need in different phases and circumstances. "I'm really happy. You like the transfer market, I can say that in this moment I don't see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw."

West Ham 1 Bournemouth 1: Javier Hernandez comes off bench to rescue a point

It could never hit the excitement levels of Boxing Day’s controversial six-goal thriller on the south coast, but West Ham United and Bournemouth certainly served up a dramatic 63-second interlude in another, rather less eventful stalemate in east London. Bournemouth thought they were on their way to a rare league win in the capital when Ryan Fraser shot them ahead with fewer than 20 minutes remaining. West Ham’s response, however, was almost instant, substitute Javier Hernandez equalising from close range to ensure the continuation of a steady revival under David Moyes. A share of the spoils was about right. West Ham spent more of the game on the front foot but Bournemouth marked Eddie Howe’s 100th Premier League game as a manager with a tenacious display that extended their unbeaten record since the turn of the year. Moyes said: “With 15 minutes to go, we were tired and their substitutes made a big difference. But in periods of the first half we played some of the best football of my time here but we lacked a clinical edge.” West Ham certainly set about their task with a sense of urgency, pinning the visitors back under sustained pressure. Aaron Cresswell and Mark Noble both tried from distance and Marko Arnautovic from much closer in, only to be denied by the fingertips of Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Eddie Howe celebrated his 100th Premier League game in charge of Bournemouth Credit: Reuters Bournemouth gradually found their feet and, in the 34th minute, a rehearsed corner-kick routine fed the ball to Lewis Cook, who side-footed an effort only marginally wide from the edge of the area. It was to be an unprofitable day for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, much to the delight of the home fans who had not forgotten his controversial injury-time equaliser on Boxing Day, marked by accusations of both handball and offside, which he had described as “magic”. West Ham were on the offensive again after the break, with Begovic scooping the ball off Manuel Lanzini’s toe before the home favourite limped off. His departure and an injury to Cheikhou Kouyate disrupted West Ham and the visitors took advantage to strike in the 71st minute.  West Ham 0 - 1 Bournemouth (Ryan Fraser, 71 min) Steve Cook’s pass was turned on by substitute Junior Stanislas for Ryan Fraser, who beat goalkeeper Adrian with a low, angled shot.  Yet West Ham were level almost immediately. Attacking straight from the restart, Arnautovic’s shot was charged down, but Hernandez pounced to beat Begovic from close range. Howe said: “We scored a great goal, and you would hope, with the way we had defended for the majority of the day, that it would be enough to win, but we conceded straight after and that was the big disappointment today.”

West Ham 1 Bournemouth 1: Javier Hernandez comes off bench to rescue a point

It could never hit the excitement levels of Boxing Day’s controversial six-goal thriller on the south coast, but West Ham United and Bournemouth certainly served up a dramatic 63-second interlude in another, rather less eventful stalemate in east London. Bournemouth thought they were on their way to a rare league win in the capital when Ryan Fraser shot them ahead with fewer than 20 minutes remaining. West Ham’s response, however, was almost instant, substitute Javier Hernandez equalising from close range to ensure the continuation of a steady revival under David Moyes. A share of the spoils was about right. West Ham spent more of the game on the front foot but Bournemouth marked Eddie Howe’s 100th Premier League game as a manager with a tenacious display that extended their unbeaten record since the turn of the year. Moyes said: “With 15 minutes to go, we were tired and their substitutes made a big difference. But in periods of the first half we played some of the best football of my time here but we lacked a clinical edge.” West Ham certainly set about their task with a sense of urgency, pinning the visitors back under sustained pressure. Aaron Cresswell and Mark Noble both tried from distance and Marko Arnautovic from much closer in, only to be denied by the fingertips of Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Eddie Howe celebrated his 100th Premier League game in charge of Bournemouth Credit: Reuters Bournemouth gradually found their feet and, in the 34th minute, a rehearsed corner-kick routine fed the ball to Lewis Cook, who side-footed an effort only marginally wide from the edge of the area. It was to be an unprofitable day for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, much to the delight of the home fans who had not forgotten his controversial injury-time equaliser on Boxing Day, marked by accusations of both handball and offside, which he had described as “magic”. West Ham were on the offensive again after the break, with Begovic scooping the ball off Manuel Lanzini’s toe before the home favourite limped off. His departure and an injury to Cheikhou Kouyate disrupted West Ham and the visitors took advantage to strike in the 71st minute.  West Ham 0 - 1 Bournemouth (Ryan Fraser, 71 min) Steve Cook’s pass was turned on by substitute Junior Stanislas for Ryan Fraser, who beat goalkeeper Adrian with a low, angled shot.  Yet West Ham were level almost immediately. Attacking straight from the restart, Arnautovic’s shot was charged down, but Hernandez pounced to beat Begovic from close range. Howe said: “We scored a great goal, and you would hope, with the way we had defended for the majority of the day, that it would be enough to win, but we conceded straight after and that was the big disappointment today.”

West Ham 1 Bournemouth 1: Hernandez proves his worth to Hammers

Bournemouth salvaged a late point against West Ham on Boxing Day but the roles reversed on Saturday thanks to Javier Hernandez.

Burnley vs Manchester United, Premier League - live score updates

4:17PM Off the bar! It's Gudmundsson in fact who takes the free-kick, left-footed, and he beats the wall, and seems to have beaten De Gea, too. The United keeper stands and stares as the ball cannons off the top of his crossbar and away to safety. So close! Post: Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Johann Berg Gudmundsson, 57 min) 4:16PM 57 mins Burnley have a chance with Mata giving away a free-kick right on the edge of the United box. United know all about Defour's ability from here. The Belgian stands over it. 4:15PM GOOOOOALL!!  Martial puts United ahead! Finally United have a shot on target and with it they have a goal! Lukaku gets the ball in an inside right position on the break and has Martial in support on the left. He takes an age to get the ball under control and eventually finds the Frenchman in space. Martial opens his body up but shoots towards the near post top corner and completely befuddles Pope. What a finish. Burnley 0 - 1 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 54 min) 4:13PM 54 mins The game looks to be opening up up a little now with the sides exchanging counter-attacks and the volume in Turf Moor rising accordingly.  4:12PM 52 mins United get into a decent position down the left, Mata's drilled cross is deflected behind for a corner. Burnley clear/ 4:08PM 48 mins So nearly a chance! But there isn't one. Lingard looks to wind one up after coming in off the left but is tackled, before Lukaku lifts his leg to shoot, but is crowded out.  4:04PM The players are back out Please, please, please can we have something else this half, guys? Burnley get the second half started. 0-0 half time here. Burnley vs Man Utd. Best thing so far has been the performance at HT of @seanruane reminded me of Italia 90...��������— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) January 20, 2018 4:03PM Michael Carrick is with the away fans at Turf Moor Credit: Getty images 3:51PM Half time I've seen some bad United games under Mourinho but this has to be up there with the worst first half of his reign. So little imagination, so little ambition, so little penetration. Just terrible. Burnley started well enough and there was the odd bright moment for both teams but nothing to at all to get excited about. There were a lot of over-hit crosses... So, so many over-hit crosses. I've had enough. Hopefully we see something completely, utterly, totally different after the break. Please. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 3:47PM 45 mins Just one minute to be added on. 3:46PM 42 mins Best chance of the game for United and it's all of Young's making. He looks like he has absolutely nothing on in a wide left position, but in the blink of an eye he nutmegs Gudmundsson and is into the box.  Still very wide but running to straight at goal to shape to cross, he opens his body up and bends an effort at the far corner, but just doesn't get around it enough, and it goes wide. Unlucky, but still no shot on target for United. Miss: Burnley 0 - 0 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 42 min) 3:43PM 40 mins Hendrick advances well, and gets into the United box. He tries to feed Arfield but Smalling gets there to snuff it out and clear. 3:38PM 36 mins What a ball from Lingard out to Martial in space on the left. He drives at Bardsley, and looks to have him in the perfect position, backtracking towards his own goal. A confident, in-form Martial goes flying past a full-back there; this one stumbles, delays and shoots straight into Bardsley. The chance goes. 3:36PM 34 mins Possession: Burnley vs Man Utd More possession for United so far, but they aren't doing enough with it. 3:34PM 31 mins Mee catching Lingard late, and it doesn't look too bad on first viewing but the United man has stayed down as play goes on, before the ball is eventually put out of play. The Burnley skipper gets a slightly harsh yellow card for his trouble. 3:32PM 29 mins Biggest cheer of the afternoon as Martial chases down Pogba's over-hit pass, can't get to it, and falls over the advertising hoardings. 3:31PM 28 mins Burnley's best chance of the game, as Mee heads over from a very good position from a corner. Should do better. 3:30PM 27 mins Both teams are moving the ball well enough and creating opportunities in wide areas, but neither has been able to penetrate the narrow defence they are facing.  Antonio Valencia sends a cross over everyone and out for a goal kick. Point made. 3:28PM 25 mins Bored as the rest of us, Jose?  There's not been much excitement at Turf Moor Credit: Reuters Hendrick fires harmlessly wide from a frankly ludicrous position on the half volley, against one of the best goalkeepers on the planet.   3:24PM 21 mins Pogba tries a very ambitious ball over the extremely deep Burnley defence, Lukaku - quite reasonably - can't get anywhere near it, and Pogba gestures at his team-mate that he should be quicker onto it. Not sure about that one, Pogs. 3:21PM 18 mins Pogba is everywhere for United. He goes charging onto a ball on the left and cuts back for Martial in the centre - how/when has he seen that that pass was on?! - but Martial's shot is deflected wide.  The corner comes to nothing. 3:17PM 14 mins Burnley race up the other end with Gudmundsson cutting in from the right and shooting low at goal left-footed, but that's easy for De Gea. 3:16PM 13 mins First shot of the game for United comes from a lovely disguised, dinked pass over the defence from Young for Pogba who has gone tip-toeing into the Burnley box. It's a really tough chance, but he tries to poke it at goal as it comes dropping over his shoulder and can't keep it down. 3:15PM 12 mins Burnley having the slightly better of this one so far. Very early days, though, of course. Burnley vs Man Utd shots on goal 3:11PM 8 mins And quickly after Pogba gives possession away inside his own half, Burnley spring into action and Defour finds Hendrick, who slips Barnes in  but he has Jones for company and the United defender does enough to put him off. Hendrick's follow up is tame and straight at De Gea. 3:09PM 7 mins This. Is. Burnley. A long, raking ball from a free-kick in their own half finds Tarkowski at the back post, and he nods back across goal but there's no team-mate close enough to get on the end of it. A first bit of excitement for the home fans. 3:07PM 5 mins Lukaku has a few times already come off the Burnley defence to drop into a good position and bring midfielders into play. This time the ball makes its way out to Martial on the left but his cross is poor and Pope claims well. 3:05PM 2 mins An early warning for Burnley, who look surprisingly and pretty worryingly open very early on. Pogba, Lukaku and Lingard combine but the latter's cross is overhit. 3:00PM Here come the players United are in that horrible grey away kit; Burnley in the usual claret and blue. Cyril Regis, a pioneer, a trailblazer and a wonderful footballer, passed away this week, and there will be a minute's silence before kick off. 2:57PM Kick off approaches Can Burnley further dent United's hopes of finishing second? The players will be out on the pitch shortly. 2:43PM Last time they met With this weekend the reverse fixtures of the Boxing Day lineup, these two teams meet for the second time in four weeks. Then, Burnley very nearly escaped from Old Trafford with all three points, but only ended up with one. Having gone into a two goal lead, Jesse Lingard was United's hero, scoring two second half goals to rescue a 2-2 draw. It was the third time in these sides' five meetings since Burnley returned to the top flight that Sean Dyche's men had taken points off United. I wouldn't be surprised if they did so again today. Steven Defour scored a stunning free-kick in the draw when these sides met at Old Trafford on Boxing Day Credit: Getty images 2:19PM Reasons for United to be optimistic #OnThisDay 22 years ago @ManUtd were 1️⃣2️⃣ points behind leaders Newcastle after 23 matches, before going on to win the title in May... They currently sit 1️⃣2️⃣ points behind #PL leaders Man City after 23 games �� pic.twitter.com/688wLHwgiV— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2018 2:10PM How Burnley line up They make one change to the side that lost to Palace last weekend with Scott Arfield returning. Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Cork, Defour,  Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Arfield, Barnes. Subs: Lowton, Nkoudou,  Westwood, Wells, Lindegaard, Long, Vokes.   TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team to face @ManUtd at Turf Moor today. pic.twitter.com/g0pCISaxNK— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 20, 2018 2:09PM United line up confirmed As revealed by Sam Wallace, there's no place for Shaw while Martial starts alongside Lukaku. United: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young, Pogba,  Matic, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Rashford,  Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini, McTominay.  The team news is in, #MUFC fans! Here's your starting XI to take on Burnley in today's @PremierLeague game. #BURMUNpic.twitter.com/tJEcZgQkER— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 20, 2018 2:02PM Shaw left out by Mourinho We have breaking news from our chief football writer Sam Wallace at Turf Moor: Luke Shaw has been left out of Manchester United’s starting XI to face Burnley today by Jose Mourinho, having started the last five games in a row for the club. It will be Ashley Young, back after suspension, who starts in place of Shaw at left-back the older man’s first action since he played in the 0-0 draw with Southampton on Dec 30. Shaw, who is on the bench, has struggled to make an impression on the United first team this season, only playing his first games in the EFL Cup ties in September and October. He has made just ten appearances for the club this season, although his recent form has led to suggestions that Shaw could break back into the England squad in time for the World Cup finals this summer. Mourinho has praised the 22-year-old in recent weeks describing the player as one of the best in his position in the league. Mourinho said: “I can say that in this moment I don't see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw. “He had played very well. He was already improving and playing well when I start playing him after that long spell without minutes. I remember the first time he was coming step by step, and now with a good run of matches and continuity, he is solid.  "Physically much better, mentally much stronger, tactically understanding the game much better and what we need in different phases and circumstances. I'm really happy.” 1:44PM United still wait on Sanchez Manchester United travel to Burnley without Alexis Sanchez as a deal for the Chilean has not yet been signed off. United were unable to complete the formalities of Sanchez's switch from Arsenal by the midday deadline yesterday in order for him to be available to make his debut at Turf Moor this afternoon. Henrikh Mkhitaryan isn't included in United's squad as negotiations over his switch to Arsenal continue. Mkhitaryan was also left out of the squad that faced Stoke on Monday due to the uncertainty over his future. Both Mkhitaryan and Sanchez trained with their respective sides on Friday. Though Jose Mourinho has ruled out Mkhitaryan at Burnley, he does have Ashley Young back from suspension. However, his glowing reference of Luke Shaw, who has started the past successive five games - his longest run in Mourinho's time at the club, suggests he will retain his left-back spot. "(He's) played very well," Mourinho added of Shaw. "He was already improving and playing well when I started playing him after that long spell without minutes. I remember the first time, in the Champions League, he was coming step by step and now with a good run of matches and continuity also, playing like he did against Everton two days after a previous match - good, solid, physically much better, mentally much stronger, tactically understanding much better the game and what we need in different phases and circumstances. "I'm really happy. You like the transfer market, I can say that in this moment I don't see many left-backs better than this Luke Shaw."