London: Southampton missed a penalty as they held a makeshift Manchester United side to a 0-0 draw in a tepid Premier League clash on Wednesday.
Southampton, beaten 2-3 by United in the League Cup final at Wembley in February, have now won just one of their last eight home games in all competitions while United stretched their winless league run to five.
With United manager Jose Mourinho again resting many of his starters for next Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax Amsterdam in Stockholm, the visitors were on the back foot for much of the contest.
“We played a good team, a team which tried to win and tried to finish well,” Mourinho said after visiting goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved a barrage of difficult shots, including Manolo Gabbiadini’s fifth-minute penalty.
“The team wasn’t perfect but individually they gave me good things. ”
Romero, second choice to David De Gea in the Premier League but preferred in Europe’s second-tier competition throughout the season, seems to have cemented his place for the showdown in Sweden’s capital.
With a top-four finish in England out of United’s reach, winning the Europa League remains their only route to Champions League football next season.