Manchester United 0 – 0 Southampton [Premier League] Highlights 2017/18A third progressive draw managed Manchester United a further misfortune in their Premier League title challenge, held 0-0 by Southampton.
Manchester United’s floundering quest for runaway Premier League pioneers Manchester City hit another obstruction on Saturday as they were held to a goalless draw by Southampton.
Joined invited Southampton to Old Trafford having neglected to get a win from their past two best flight installations, drawing 2-2 at Leicester City before working to a similar outcome at home to Burnley on Boxing Day.
The hosts lost Romelu Lukaku to head damage after just eight minutes and, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic overlooked from the squad by Jose Mourinho, acquainted Marcus Rashford with lead the line.
In any case, United neglected to cause goalkeeper Alex McCarthy – in for the dropped Fraser Forster – any genuine issues, in spite of the fact that they had an objective refused late on after an offside Paul Pogba got a touch to a Nemanja Matic exertion that could have snuck inside the post without his mediation.
Joined could now begin the new year 17 focuses unfastened of City if their wild opponents stretch out their triumphant hurried to 19 matches at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
The home side had effectively lost second spot to Chelsea following a 5-0 win for Antonio Conte’s side against Stoke City prior in the day, while Southampton are presently without a win in eight group matches, in spite of the fact that they will be upbeat to take this point.
As Mourinho chose to leave Rashford and Anthony Martial on the seat and Ibrahiovic out altogether, Lukaku remained the point of convergence of the United assault and ought to have improved the situation when he headed over from short proximity following a left-footed Juan Mata cross, before James Ward-Prowse drew a jumping save from David De Gea with a low drive towards the base right-hand corner.
Lukaku’s match kept going just eight minutes as a conflict of heads with Wesley Hoedt constrained Mourinho to present Rashford, with the Belgian striker getting treatment on the pitch for a few minutes previously leaving the field on a stretcher, apparently in some inconvenience.
Ward-Prowse was on target afresh with from a nineteenth moment free-kick – De Gea again equivalent to the exertion – before McCarthy was called energetically out of the blue to keep out a Mata daisy-cutter.
Calls for a penalty against Maya Yoshida went unrewarded by ref Craig Pawson after the ball reached the Southampton protector’s arm in the crate, and Jesse Lingard sent a looking header only wide of the objective from a Henrikh Mkhitaryan cross as half-time drew closer.
Shane Long was denied by the outstretched leg of De Gea subsequent to taking a walk on Matic toward the begin of the second time frame, before Ashley Young twisted a free-kick wide of the left-hand post.
Dusan Tadic headed over and afterward guided an exertion wide as the Saints looked destined to make the leap forward, yet United figured out how to withstand their advances.
Matic’s late strike appeared to set out toward the left-hand upright when Pogba made the touch that saw the exertion prohibited, in spite of the fact that it could well have sneaked in had the France global left the ball alone.
However, United will be left to ponder what may have been as their effectively thin title trusts blurred further in their last activity of 2017.