Manchester United rounded off 2017 with a tepid goalless draw against Southampton at Old Trafford that saw them slip to third in the Premier League table.
In a game of relatively few clear-cut chances, the closest United came to breaking the deadlock was in the last ten minutes, with an offside Paul Pogba diverting home Nemanja Matic’s scuffed effort. Replays then went on to show that the ball could have possibly trickled into the back of the net without the Frenchman’s intervention, which probably summed up the Reds’ night.
José Mourinho made three changes to the side that salvaged a draw against Burnley, with Victor Lindelöf, Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan coming into the starting eleven and the Reds went close early, with Romelu Lukaku heading over after some wonderful build-up.
However, Lukaku was stretched off shortly afterwards following a clash of heads with Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt, denting United’s attacking threat. Despite the front quartet of Juan Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan and substitute Marcus Rashford combining well, the Reds didn’t really fashion anything dangerous throughout, with Lingard coming closest, flashing a header wide.
Southampton, meanwhile, came close on a couple of occasions, with David de Gea forced to make fine saves to deny James Ward-Prowse and Shane Long, but they too were blunt in front of goal and as a result, a relatively boring encounter was played out.
Here are the United player ratings from Old Trafford: