St. Mary's Stadium
Premier League • Day 28
  • 2nd Half
  • Southampton
  • Manchester United
  • Ward-ProwseBoufal
  • FellainiHerrera
  • CédricPied
  • MataRashford
  • TuanzebeCarrick
  • GabbiadiniRodriguez
  • Jones
  • 1st Half
  • Southampton
  • Manchester United
  • Cédric
  • Romeu

Southampton - Manchester United
Premier League - 17 May 2017

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That's probably the most animated we've seen Mourinho all evening as he debates an offside decision.


There's going to be four minutes of added time...


Bailly is clearly in some pain as his touch goes right out of play. He really should be off the pitch.


Another break in the play (I'm quite worried at how much added time there may be) as Bailly goes down injured.

United have made all their subs so they may have to see this out with ten men.

But no it looks as if Bailly will continue.


Spare a thought for United fans who have travelled a long way to watch this garbage. They've been far better value than the players.


Boufal does well to get Southampton away and after receiving the ball back from Tadic he sends a left-footed shot wide.


That could have been the winner.

Romeu's pass misses its intended target and ends up at the feet of Rodriguez but his shot goes narrowly wide of the post.


Ward-Prowse's evening is over and it's time for Sofiane Boufal.

Not entirely sure the fans agree with that...


Another change for United as Fellaini comes off, and has some words with Mourinho, with Herrera coming on.


Martial hits the post as he finds a bit of space before Mkhitaryan misses the follow-up.


Stephens spreads the ball out to Redmond on the left and the winger beats Bailly at the pace to get to the byline.

He sends a cross to the back post but Ward-Prowse's volley is blocked.


Good to see Pied back on the field after a cruciate injury pretty much ruined his debut season in England.


Right we're going to have a couple of changes. Rooney looks un-amused as his number is shown and it is changed to Mata's number, who admittedly goes straight to the dressing room so it could be an injury.

Speaking of injuries Cedric has been unable to shake off that knock from the first-half so he's replaced by Jeremy Pied.


Decent turn out this given the match is effectively meaningless.


Smalling does well pushing forward but Rooney can't quite reach the ball. He turns and sets up Mata but the Spaniard hits it wide.



Bet Claude Puel wasn't expecting that. Bailly goes up for a header and the ball catches the Saints manager in the face.


Ah now and United make a change as Michael Carrick comes on for his 700th club appearance.

Tuanzebe is the man to make way and truth be told he has struggled since the break.


Rooney tries to bend one but it goes high and wide.

Meanwhile we have the first change of the evening as Jay Rodriguez replaces Gabbiadini.


Another good save from Romero as he blocks a curler from Ward-Prowse. Then Jones does superbly to head behind when Yoshida looks set to score.


Some glorious pinball in the United box as Ward-Prowse sends in another testing delivery. It falls to Stephens at the back post but he shanks his volley back into the six yard box rather than at goal.

United eventually clear after blocking a few shots.


Ward-Prowse fizzes the ball in and it gets teed up to Romeu but once again it's a good save from Romero who then punches away the corner.


Cedric does well to turn tightly and then win a free-kick.

If he hadn't then United could have set two players away so the Portuguese did very well.


Another free-kick for Southampton, a bit further out and Ward-Prowse bends it in brilliantly.

Stephens isn't happy that he doesn't get a corner.


Tadic is teed up and he sends a stinging shot that Romero does well to beat away.


Another clumsy challenge from United, this time from Jones on Cedric and the United man is booked for his troubles.


Saints fans aren't happy as Targett goes down following a challenge from Bailly.

The Saints defender is up now and rubbing his head, he also gets a hug from Bailly.


And we're back underway!


And that's half-time, not a lot to report really but then I guess we were warned.

Hopefully we'll get more in the second-half.

Do join us then!


Redmond is the type of player that gets the crowd going with his directness and there's a buzz as he picks up a loose ball and drives at United.

He plays a one-two with Davis but his first-time shot is easily saved by Romero.

Down the other end Rooney sends the ball over.


Cedric does well to head behind with Fellaini lurking behind him.

Rooney sends the ball in but Forster collects.


I tell you what there's a lot to like about Tuanzebe.

He looks very assured in possession and doesn't make a lot of mistakes.

Which is presumable why Mourinho has been picking him.


Here's Gabbiadini missing that pen. By some way the most interesting thing that has happened so far tonight.

Manolo Gabbiadini blows a penalty chance

A United corner ends with Mata sending the ball back in and it results in an outrageous mid-air volley/flick from Smalling. It's on target but very easy for Forster.


More defending from Jones as Saints string a few passes together. This time he puts a cross behind.

Once again Tadic goes deep and yet again it seems to catch his team-mates out. It's back across but eventually goes out for a goal-kick.


A ball is knocked over the top for Rooney to chase but he just isn't getting there, not even close.


There's a slight break in play here as Cedric receives treatment. He's back on but not moving freely.


Good spell for Saints that results in Cedric getting played in but Jones does well to get a block in. Tadic massively over hits the corner and it goes out for a goal-kick.


Mkhitaryan finds a bit of space on the edge of the box and sends a shot that Forster tips wide when he really didn't need to. Southampton eventually escape when Mata is ruled offside.


Decent hit from Ward-Prowse as it goes narrowly wide of Romero's goal.


Another foul from Bailly as Redmond wins a free-kick in a good area. Ward-Prowse stands over it.


Just Mike Dean things...


Rooney does well to set-up Martial but he drags his shot wide.


Mkhitaryan is up and he's okay to continue which is good news for United.

After a few minutes of carnage the game is starting to settle a little.

  • Oriol Romeu
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Oriol Romeu is the first person in the book tonight as he is shown his 12th yellow of the league season for clattering into Mkhitaryan.


Having given away the penalty with a stupid handball Bailly decides to wander up front and he shows some nice feet to evade a couple of challenges. However Forster produces a big save to keep the score at 0-0.



Massive hand from Romero as he gets low down to his right to palm away Gabbiadini's kick.

The Italian's poor form since returning from injury continues.




Slight bit of confusion between Smalling and Bailly but United get away with it as Redmond is unable to capitalise.


Well this is something we haven' seen for a while, or indeed might have expected, it looks as if Rooney is going to start as the central striker with Anthony Martial out on the left. Juan Mata plays as the No.10. There's an early shot as Targett fires a shot well over the bar with his weaker foot.


And we're underway as referee Mike Dean blows his whistle.


Right kick-off is about five minutes away, send me your predictions!


And here's the away team, slightly more on the line for them...

Phil Jones of Manchester United and his Manchester United team mates warm up prior to the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium on May 17, 2017 in Southampton, England.

Here's a snap of the Saints players warming up tonight, just how motivated are they going to be?

Dusan Tadic of Southampton warms up prior to the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium on May 17, 2017 in Southampton, England.

Hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come later...


So which of the players tonight have a chance?

Sergio Romero has been confirmed as the starting keeper for the final and unsurprisingly he's brought in to improve his match fitness.

In defence Eric Bailly will be suspended so Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian will hope to start.

Of the central players Axel Tuanzebe would be a huge surprise but Marouane Fellaini will think he's got a great chance.

Finally Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial will all feel they can earn a place in the starting XI so there's plenty up for grabs.



Mourinho could do something that hasn't been done at United since 2008, win a European trophy.

Okay it isn't the Champions League but the Europa League is a fine trophy in its own right.

And that's the key thing from tonight, that's what these Manchester United players are playing for, they're fighting to start in that final against Ajax.


So most of you had probably forgotten that there was even football this week but in reality there isn't a lot riding on this match.

For Southampton they are battling to win the battle for eighth ahead of West Brom, Bournemouth and Leicester City.

There is no European football on offer but each place higher in the table can result in more money.

As for United they are locked into sixth now, the fourth consecutive season outside the top two and it means that Jose Mourinho's first season is lower than either of Louis van Gaal's two seasons.


And here’s the side that Jose Mourinho has picked tonight.


Here's the team that Claude Puel has picked tonight.


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