Manchester United came from behind to avoid an embarrassing FA Cup fourth round exit, beating a spirited Southampton side 2-1 at St Mary’s.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men looked destined to go out to League One opposition for the second straight year when Richard Chaplow gave Southampton the lead just before half-time.
But a much-improved second half performance saw goals from Michael Owen and Javier Hernandez take United into the last 16.
United lost to third-tier Leeds United in last season’s third round, when Jermaine Beckford scored the only goal at Old Trafford, and a risky team selection by Ferguson meant they sailed close to the wind on the South coast.
United made eight changes from the team that won 3-2 at Blackpool on Tuesday.
1st Half Highlights
65′ [1 – 1] M. Owen
76′ [1 – 2] J. Hernandez