Southampton, Man United play out scoreless draw
Manchester United's winless streak extended to five games on Wednesday after Jose Mourinho's team was held to a scoreless draw against Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium.
With the Red Devils out of the running for conventional Champions League qualification, Mourinho fielded a strong starting 11 as he hoped his troops would round into form ahead of their Europa League final against Ajax on May 24.
But the club created few chances on the day and will now finish the Premier League season with fewer wins than any previous season, thanks in part to the current 0-3-2 stretch.
If there was one United player who was in form, it was goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who got the nod in place of David De Gea and produced several excellent stops, including a penalty save.
The home side had the better of the play from the outset and were awarded the penalty after just five minutes thanks to a handball by defender Eric Bailly. Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini stepped to the spot and fired low to the goalkeeper's right, but Romero got down quickly to palm it away.
Southampton created another excellent chance in first-half stoppage time as a nice one-two on the edge of the box led to a strike from Nathan Redmond, but it barely troubled Romero.
The hosts were still the better team in the second half, and their best chance came on 52 minutes as Dusan Tadic blasted one on target, but again Romero was there with strong fists to keep it out.
United's best chance came on 72 minutes as Anthony Martial made an excellent run to the edge of the box and curled one toward the bottom right, but it struck the post and stayed out.
Both clubs failed to find a winner during four minutes of added time and were forced to share the spoils. United (17-15-5) will now shift their attention to the Europa final, while Southampton (12-10-15) will use Sunday's season finale against Stoke City to secure a fourth consecutive top-half finish.
Updated May 17, 2017