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Sergio Romero saves penalty as Manchester United hold Southampton in lifeless draw

Romero saves penalty as Manchester United hold Southampton

18/05/2017 at 04:34Updated 18/05/2017 at 06:13

Premier League, St Mary’s – Southampton 0 Manchester United 0

Sergio Romero saved a penalty from Manolo Gabbiadini as Manchester United lumbered to their 15th draw of the season in a goalless affair at Southampton.

The Argentine, presumably playing in order to get warmed up for the Europa League final, was by some way the busiest player on the pitch as he made a series of impressive saves to deny not only Gabbiadini but also the likes of James Ward-Prowse and Dusan Tadic.

Jose Mourinho again fielded a relatively weak side with that Stockholm final against Ajax in mind and United were dour at best, ponderous in possession and surprisingly open at the back.

Saints were slightly brighter but there's a reason they have now gone over six hours without a goal at home, and why there's so much speculation over Claude Puel's future.

TALKING POINT

James Ward-Prowse has a special gift. You would struggle to argue that Wad-Prowse is still a talented youngster, he will be 23 in November, but he really hasn't kicked on as he was expected to. This is partly due to injury and partly due to managerial changes but whoever is in charge next season, be that Puel or someone else, they have to build the team around Ward-Prowse. Dusan Tadic is not the force he once was and the pair have both contributed eight goals this season, the only difference is Ward-Prowse has done it in over 350 minutes fewer. His delivery is incredible and with Charlie Austin, or another target man, to aim at on the regular he could prove to be a valuable asset moving forward.

Southampton v Manchester United - Premier League - St Mary's Stadium - 17/5/17 Southampton's James Ward-Prowse with referee Mike Dean as he points to the spot for a penalty to Southampton

Southampton v Manchester United - Premier League - St Mary's Stadium - 17/5/17 Southampton's James Ward-Prowse with referee Mike Dean as he points to the spot for a penalty to SouthamptonReuters

MAN OF THE MATCH

Sergio Romero (Manchester United): Ward-Prowse shone, Phil Jones was chaotically brilliant and Eric Bailly was a one-man wrecking crew, even taking out the Southampton manager at one stage, but the undeniable stand-out performer was Romero. With so many question marks over David De Gea's future Romero is doing himself plenty of favours with his performances and his shot-stopping, as well as his aerial ability, helped United to avoid defeat.

Southampton v Manchester United - Premier League - St Mary's Stadium - 17/5/17 Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini has a penalty saved by Manchester United's Sergio Romero

Southampton v Manchester United - Premier League - St Mary's Stadium - 17/5/17 Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini has a penalty saved by Manchester United's Sergio RomeroReuters

PLAYER RATINGS

Southampton: Forster 5, Cedric 5, Yoshida 5, Stephens 5, Targett 5, Romeu 6, Davis 5, Tadic 5, Ward-Prowse 6, Redmond 6, Gabbiadini 4. Subs: Rodriguez 5, Boufal 5, Pied 5.

Manchester United: Romero 7, Bailly 5, Jones 6, Smalling 4, Darmian 5, Tuanzebe 5, Fellaini 5, Mkhitaryan 5, Mata 5, Martial 5, Rooney 5. Subs: Carrick 5, Rashford 5, Herrera 5.

KEY MOMENTS

6' - PENALTY SAVED! Massive hand from Romero as he gets low down to his right to palm away Gabbiadini's kick. The Italian's poor form since returning from injury continues.

56' - SAVE! Ward-Prowse fizzes the ball in and it gets teed up to Romeu but once again it's a good save from Romero who then punches away the corner.

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (L) and Southampton's French manager Claude Puel (R) watch from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium in Southampt

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (L) and Southampton's French manager Claude Puel (R) watch from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium in SouthamptGetty Images

60' - SAVE! Another good save from Romero as he blocks a curler from Ward-Prowse. Then Jones does superbly to head behind when Yoshida looks set to score.

71' - BLOCK! Stephens spreads the ball out to Redmond on the left and the winger beats Bailly at the pace to get to the byline. He sends a cross to the back post but Ward-Prowse's volley is blocked.

KEY STATS

Man Utd did not draw 0-0 in Sir Alex Ferguson's last 116 games. Done so 6 in 62 under Mourinho, 7 in last 56 under Van Gaal.

Manchester United have now set a club record for the lowest amount of wins in a single PL season, regardless of whether they beat Crystal Palace on Sunday.

No team has drawn more games than Manchester United this season (15).

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho waits for kick off of the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on May 17, 2017.

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho waits for kick off of the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on May 17, 2017.Getty Images

No team has missed more penalties this season than Southampton (3).

St Mary's has seen the second-fewest amount of goals this season with 37, Old Trafford is first with 36.

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