Saints had some very bright spells during this match, but squandered every half chance they got.

For all their creativity, the lack of cutting edge upfront may have cost them tonight – albeit against a United side brimming with top talent.

Shane Long had a good chance in either half, while Dusan Tadic also had an effort off target.

In the end, though, United’s quality shone through, meaning Saints come away empty handed from Old Trafford.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed in the opener on 37 minutes before slamming home a penalty after Luke Shaw was fouled by Jordy Clasie on 55 minutes.

Claude Puel’s side must now look to Sunderland next weekend as a must-win to kick start this season.

Our photographer Chris Moorhouse was at Old Trafford, so be sure to check out the pictures above.

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