In what is likely Ryan Giggs’ last match as manager of Manchester United - for now - the away side continued their disappointing season with a flat performance. Shinji Kagawa and Darren Fletcher were crowded out as Southampton pressed.
Luke Shaw, who might be joining Manchester United this summer, also showed his potential in his duel with Adnan Januzaj. With Mauricio Pochettino linked with the Spurs job, this could also have been another farewell.
Southampton went ahead when Rickie Lambert accidentally elbowed Nemanja Vidic in the face, then ran onto Steven Davis’s return pass to strike pass David De Gea. United crowded the referee in protest, but to no avail.
In the second half, Juan Mata needed ten minutes before he curled in a free kick into the top corner. Despite increasing United pressure, Southampton were easily able to hold out for a draw.
10’ - WANYAMA SHOT - Victor Wanyama Gets a shot away in the box but David de Gea is down quickly to save.
20’ - SHAW HEADER - Lallana cross from the left for Luke Shaw, who sends a looping header just over.
28’ - LAMBERT GOAL - Lambert wins a high ball as he challenges Vidic, accidentally striking him in the face. As Vidic goes down, covered in blood, Davis plays the ball forward to Lambert who slams his shot past De Gea.
35’ - SMALLING MISS - Januzaj can’t get to an Evra cross and the ball drops to Smalling, who drags a volley just wide.
54’ - MATA GOAL - Taking two steps in his run up, Mata curls a free kick into the top corner, leaving Artur Boruc static.
66’ - FLETCHER HEADER - Smalling curls in a cross to the back post, but Darren Fletcher glances his header wide.
87’ - WELBECK MISS - A ball over the top from Michael Carrick, but Welbeck toes his shot just wide.
Southampton have achieved their highest ever Premier League points tally (56).
Manchester United (64 points), on the other hand, finished the season on their lowest ever points tally in a Premier League campaign.
Southampton enjoyed 58% possession to Manchester United’s 42%, and yet somehow did not win the match.
Ryan Giggs has a worse win ratio (50%) than Alex Ferguson, Matt Busby and David Moyes.
Should Southampton’s goal have stood? Lambert’s arm clearly struck Vidic and resulted in what looked like a broken nose and definitely a lot of leaking plasma, but the referee and linesman missed it, or thought that it was not a foul. It was probably the wrong decision.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Luke Shaw (Southampton): A hugely impressive showing from the teenage left-back. Up against Adnan Januzaj, he displayed intelligence, strength and pace that is possibly unrivalled by any other young full-back in the world. A certainty for the World Cup, and probably a Manchester United player next season.
Southampton: Boruc 6, Clyne 6, Fonte 6, Lovren 6, Shaw 8, Wanyama 6, Cork 6, Schneiderlin 6, Davis 6, Lallana 7, Lambert 7. Subs: Ward-Prowse 6, Chambers 6, Gallagher 6.
Manchester United: De Gea 6, Smalling 6, Ferdinand 6, Vidic 6, Evra 6, Januzaj 6, Fletcher 5, Kagawa 5, Welbeck 6, Mata 7, van Persie 6. Subs: Carrick 6, Valencia 6, Hernandez 6.
MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Manchester United
- Rickie Lambert
- Darren Fletcher
- Nemanja Vidic
- Juan Mata
- Adnan Januzaj
- Ryan Giggs
- David De Gea
- Luke Shaw