SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom: Sergio Romero displayed some eye-catching pre-Europa League remaining type by saving a penalty as Manchester United drew zero-zero at Southampton of their penultimate Premier League recreation on Wednesday.
United supervisor Jose Mourinho has confirmed Romero will begin towards Ajax in Stockholm subsequent Wednesday and his early save from Manolo Gabbiadini helped the guests cease the rot after successive losses to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
The Argentina worldwide, deputising for the rested David de Gea, additionally produced a string of saves early within the second half at St Mary’s to maintain Claude Puel’s Southampton at bay.
The end result had no materials influence on United’s season, given they have been already assured to complete sixth, and means Mourinho’s males have now drawn 15 occasions this season.
Mourinho can also be assured to complete his first United season with fewer league victories than both of his two maligned predecessors, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, mustered within the earlier three seasons.
Southampton have now gone 4 prime-flight residence video games with out scoring for the primary time and stay eighth, which is the very best place they will hope to realize forward of Sunday’s remaining recreation at house to Stoke Metropolis.
The sport was solely 5 minutes previous when an impulsive determination by Eric Bailly, and a few beneficiant officiating, gifted Southampton an opportunity to go forward.
After sizing up Cedric’s crossfield cross because it sailed in the direction of him, Bailly inexplicably selected to regulate it utilizing his higher left arm and though he was outdoors the field, referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot.
Thankfully for the Ivorian, Romero spared his blushes, brilliantly throwing himself to his proper to palm away Gabbiadini’s low spot-kick.
Keen to start out afresh, Bailly quickly discovered himself in a complicated place and after ghosting previous Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens, he bludgeoned a shot straight at Fraser Forster.
United, who lined up with Wayne Rooney up entrance, went shut twice within the first half, Anthony Martial dragging large from Rooney’s cross and Henrikh Mkhitaryan drawing a low save from Forster.
Southampton didn’t hassle Romero once more till the brink of half-time, the previous Sampdoria man fielding a strong drive from Nathan Redmond.
However the United goalkeeper discovered himself within the firing line early within the second half as he was successively pressured into motion by a Dusan Tadic free-kick, a strong Oriol Romeu strike and a curling effort from James Ward-Prowse.
United’s subsequent opening sprang from an unfamiliar supply, centre-again Chris Smalling haring down the best and crossing for Rooney, whose lay-off was curled over by Juan Mata.
The guests went even nearer 5 minutes later, Martial driving infield from the left and arcing a shot towards the proper-hand submit.
Southampton normal one final probability, however substitute Jay Rodriguez might do no higher than shoot large from the sting of the field.
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