Manchester United back to winning form

Both teams are on 44 points although United have played two more games with City travelling to Burnley tomorrow.

Southampton, already weakened by injuries, were reduced to 10 men after 79 seconds and lost another four minutes from time and drop to 12th on the table.

Newcastle United came back to earth with a bump as Crystal Palace recovered from conceding an early goal to claim a 2-1 victory at St James' Park.

Premier League leaders beaten

The Saints have beaten Carlo Ancelotti's side 2-0 at St Mary's Stadium.

Southampton took the lead in the 27th minute when James Ward-Prowse played a neat one-two with Danny Ings, who provided the through ball for his fellow Englishman to fire a shot past Jordan Pickford.

Ings turned provider again eight minutes later when he crossed from the left flank to find Che Adams at the far post and the unmarked striker took his time to pick his spot to beat Pickford with a strike that deflected off Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Manchester United suffer blow

United have been held to a 2-2 draw by Southampton at Old Trafford.

Southampton opened the scoring in the 12th minute, but United struck back twice before the break and appeared set for all three points until the visitors scored in stoppage time.

United remain fifth on goal difference behind Leicester, while Chelsea are another point ahead in third.

The top four qualify for Champions League football next season.

There are three games left.

Southampton sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino

Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Newcastle left the Saints just a point outside the relegation places with only eight games of the Premier League season remaining.

Pellegrino admitted the players looked like they had given up and the club have now decided new management is needed to inject some fight back into a side that finished eighth in the top flight last season.

A Southampton statement on Monday read: "The club can confirm it has parted company with Mauricio Pellegrino.

Man Utd 0 Southampton 0

United welcomed Southampton to Old Trafford having failed to pick up a win from their previous two top-flight fixtures, drawing 2-2 at Leicester City before labouring to the same result at home to Burnley on Boxing Day.

The hosts lost Romelu Lukaku to a head injury after only eight minutes and, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic omitted from the squad by Jose Mourinho, introduced Marcus Rashford to lead the line.

Long fires Saints to Wembley

The Republic of Ireland international struck deep into stoppage-time at Anfield, seconds after Divock Origi had a penalty appeal declined, as last season's runners-up were denied a return to the Wembley showpiece.

Just as they had in the first leg, Southampton spurned a host of chances to put the tie to bed, but it proved immaterial as their defence - missing the injured Virgil van Dijk - became the first side in League Cup history to reach the final without conceding a goal.

Alli double helps sink Saints

Southampton took the lead in the Premier League clash at St Mary's through Virgil van Dijk's header after just 69 seconds, but Spurs levelled when Alli rose above the Saints goalscorer 17 minutes later.

Harry Kane then scored the game's third header after the break before thrashing a penalty over the bar in an incident which saw Nathan Redmond sent off.

Substitute Heung-Min Son (85) and a second from Alli (87) wrapped up the victory late on to ensure Spurs remain just one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal.