Saints sub Tadic sinks United

Southampton recorded a first league win over Manchester United in 27 years.

Manchester United's Robin Van Persie. Picture: Manchester United official Facebook page.

LONDON - Substitute Dusan Tadic fired the only goal as Southampton recorded a first league win over Manchester United for 27 years on Sunday, climbing above them into third in the Premier League.

A superbly disciplined display earned Saints a 1-0 win at Old Trafford that ended United's 10-match unbeaten run.

After taming United's attacking options, Southampton struck in the 69th minute when Tadic calmly converted a rebound.

The south coast club moved up to third on 39 points from 21 matches, while United drop to fourth on 37 points.

"If you play against a big side you need spirit and quality but you also need belief in yourself and your team-mates and we showed that today," Saints manager Ronald Koeman told Sky Sports.

"We have had good organisation all season, we have 11 clean sheets in 21 games and that is key to being successful."

With just a point separating the two sides going into the match, the first half was short of thrills as Southampton restricted United's flow in midfield.

Southampton right back Nathaniel Clyne fired a shot wide in the second minute before Angel Di Maria missed the target from distance as both sides failed to spark.

For all their attacking riches, United struggled to break down a well-organised Southampton defence with Wayne Rooney often left frustrated by a lack of opportunities.

The home crowd were already getting restless when the visitors took the lead.

After a silky move Saints striker Graziano Pelle struck a shot against the base of the post and the ball rebounded to Tadic who kept his composure to fire past David De Gea.

Tadic was then shown a yellow card for ripping off his shirt, although his joy was understandable.

Juan Mata sent a volley wide as United squandered a number of chances late on as Louis Van Gaal's side tasted defeat at home for the first time since the opening day of the season.