Southampton 0-0 Manchester United

Manolo Gabbiadini continued Southampton’s woes from the penalty spot becoming the third consecutive casualty in a goalless draw against Manchester United.

Eric Bailly had been adjudicated by the linesman to have handled the ball with his arm inside five minutes, but Gabbiadini’s spot-kick was wisely telegraphed by Sergio Romero.

Southampton then withstood an early surging run from Bailly, which saw the defender cut into the box only to have Fraser Forster halt the chance.

Anthony Martial capped off an opening quarter hour of mere half chances when he dragged a shot wide after Wayne Rooney’s sublime touch led to a smart pass through the defence.

With the game limping towards half-time, Cedric did enough to head a dangerous cross aimed at Marouane Fellaini behind for a corner.

Nathan Redmond, at the other end,  played a one-two with Steven Davis before opening up for the shot, which was deflected by Fellaini and into the grasp of Romero.

Southampton started the second half brightly with Dusan Tadic’s powerful free-kick drawing a punching save before Oriol Romeu was denied from point-blank.

Romero continued his inspired performance as he kept James Ward-Prowse from finding the top corner with a curling effort from outside the box with 59 minutes gone.

United, who clearly had an eye on the Europa League final next week, rarely threatened, and Juan Mata found the outside of the upright after Forster was stuck in no-man’s land after Rooney broke into the box.

Anthony Martial had United’s best chance with 18 minutes remaining, but he struck the base of the far post before Mkhitaryan blasted the rebound over the bar.

Jay Rodriguez nearly found a late breakthrough when he flashed a shot wide of the far upright.

Southampton: Forster, Targett, Yoshida, Stephens, Cedric (Pied 69), Romeu, Davis (c), Ward-Prowse (Boufal 77), Redmond, Tadic, Gabbiadini (Rodriguez 62).

Unused subs: Hassen (GK), Caceres, Clasie, Austin.

Goals: None.

Bookings: Romeu (10).

Manchester United: Romero, Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Darmian, Tuanzebe (Carrick 63), Fellaini (Ander Herrera 75), Mata (Rashford 69), Rooney (c), Mkhitaryan, Martial.

Unused subs: Pereira (GK), Mitchell, McTominay, Lingard.

Goals: None.

Bookings: Jones (51).

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Middlesbrough 1-2 Southampton

Jay Rodriguez ended Southampton’s goalless run at 312 minutes in a win 2-1 at relegated Middlesbrough.

Claude Puel, who made seven changes to his side, saw Rodriguez notch his first goal since January when the striker met Shane Long’s cross first time to beat Brad Guzan for pace nearing half-time.

Nathan Redmond came off the substitute’s bench at the break and added his career best seventh Premier League goal, but Southampton found a way to make their final away trip a difficult one.

Long — looking to end a personal drought of 11 appearances without a goal — would clip the crossbar with his spot-kick shortly before Patrick Bamford pulled one back for the hosts.

It was mere consolation for Boro, who make an immediate return to the Championship having won just three games at the Riverside Stadium.

George Friend headed wide of Fraser Forster’s upright, which was the epitome of a trying opening 30 minutes.

Long nearly linked up with Rodriguez’s run at the far post, but Guzan did well to prevent the cross from reaching its intended target.

The two, however, finally gave Saints fans their first goal to cheer for since a 4-2 defeat at Chelsea on 25th April.

Jordy Clasie sent Long scampering down the right side before Rodriguez met a cross with a scooping volley.

Redmond, who had replaced Sofiane Boufal at half-time, made it 2-0 with an equally impressive effort that found the top-right corner with 57 minutes gone.

Guzan drew more ire out the home supporters when he brought down Long and referee Anthony Taylor didn’t hesitate to point to the spot. But Long was left with wry smile on his face as he failed to convert.

Bamford erupted when he bundled in his first goal since April 2015, as it set up a nervy finish for Southampton.

Calum Chambers almost fired Boro level in added time, but Fraser Forster fought off the attempt to secure Southampton’s first victory in six games.

Middlesbrough: Guzan, Fabio, Chambers, Gibson, Friend, Clayton, Forshaw (Leadbitter 60), de Roon, Downing (Fischer 60), Bamford, Negredo.

Unused subs: Dimi (GK), Barragan, Bernardo, Traore, Stuani.

Goals: Bamford (73).

Bookings: Clayton (66), Gibson (86), de Roon (90).

Southampton: Forster, Bertrand, Yoshida, Caceres, Pied, Clasie, Romeu, Hojbjerg (Davis 74), Boufal (Redmond 46), Rodriguez, Long (Austin 87)

Unused subs: Hassen (GK), Targett, Stephens, Ward-Prowse, Austin.

Goals: Rodriguez (42), Redmond (57).

Bookings: None.

Liverpool 0-0 Southampton

Fraser Forster denied James Milner from the spot and Liverpool of all three points, as their bid for Champions League took a subtle hit.

Jack Stephens was adjudicated to have handled the ball inside the area, but Forster held firm pushing aside the penalty with a strong right hand.

The Southampton goalkeeper then kept out Marko Grujic’s header late in stoppage time to preserve a goalless draw at Anfield.

Liverpool, who has not scored against Southampton in four attempts this season, leads fifth-place Manchester United by five points with two games remaining. United, however, has two in hand.

A match largely void of excitement was brought to life when Liverpool was awarded a penalty after it was adjudicated that Jack Stephens had handled the ball in the area.

But following yellow cards for unsportsmanlike conduct to Cedric Soares and James Ward-Prowse, Milner had his attempt from the spot saved as he looked for the bottom left corner.

Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana all had half chances over the final quarter-hour, but none concerned Forster enough.

The Saints’ shot stopper had one last act of brilliance to ensure his team left with a point, as he was able to lift Marko Grujic’s goal-bound header over the bar.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Lucas (Lallana 69), Winjaldum (Grujic 87), Can, Coutinho, Firmino, Origi (Sturridge 69).

Unused subs: Karius (GK), Moreno, Alexander, Klavan.

Goals: None.

Bookings: Lovren (89).

Southampton: Forster, Bertrand, Yoshida, Stephens, Cedric, Romeu, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Tadic, Boufal (Redmond 61), Gabbiadini (Long 69).

Unused subs: Hassen (GK), Pied, Caceres, Hojbjerg, Rodriguez.

Goals: None.

Bookings: Cedric (65), Ward-Prowse (65), Bertrand (90+2).