Manchester United were forced to survive a second-half Southampton bombardment before edging seven points clear in the Barclays Premier League title race with a 2-1 win.
However, whilst Wayne Rooney's hot streak continued with a first-half brace that took him to nine goals in nine games, of far more concern to Sir Alex Ferguson was his side's shocking display after the interval, and David de Gea's goalkeeping.
De Gea carried much of the responsibility for Jay Rodriguez's early opener and looked nervy throughout, almost spilling Rickie Lambert's free-kick straight to Adam Lallana. The visitors spent almost the entire second period camped in the United half and were only denied a deserved point by some desperate defending as United failed completely to stem the tide of attacks.
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