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Man United back in Champions League hunt as Shane Long goal no.100 sparks City trouble on South Coast

Earlier today when Manchester United threw away a lead to drop two points in a 1-1 draw with Leicester City, the Red Devils’ hopes of Champions League qualification seemed very slim.

They were four points behind fourth-placed local rivals City, with both teams having three games left to play.

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Less than an hour later, City kicked off against Southampton at St Mary’s, where an away win would open up a seven point lead over United.

However, the first half has not gone to plan for Manuel Pellegrini’s men, who are 2-1 down at the break.

Southampton were in front with 25 minutes thanks to Shane Long’s 100th goal in English football.

Long beat Nicolas Otamendi to a Dusan Tadic cross to poke his side into a deserved lead.

The Saints doubled their lead three minutes later through Sadio Mane, before City struck back against the run of play courtesy of Kelechi Iheanacho.

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