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May 11, 2014
• St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
Referee: M. Dean
• Attendance: 31372
R. Lambert 28'
Shots on Target
FT: SOU 1-1 MNU - Ryan Giggs' last match at Manchester United as interim coach ends in a draw. Mata's sumptuous free-kick rescues a point in this end-of-season meeting. That's it for the Premier League season in 2013-14!
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME: Southampton 1-1 Manchester United
90' + 2'
WARD-PROWSE! Southampton have a late chance to win here. Fine pass into the path of the midfielder who cuts in, and sees his effort blocked.
90' + 1'
Into the first of three minutes added on in the final game of the season.
SUBSTITUTION - Man Utd: Juan Mata, scorer of a superb free-kick has departed. Replaced by Antonio Valencia.
United fans are toasting a disappointing season by doing the conga around the St Mary's stands. Can't make this one up at all. Meanwhile, the visitors are readying their final change.
WELBECK! What a chance for the England striker. Wonderful pass forward by Carrick who picks out the striker in the middle of Fonte and Lovren. Controls well, but fires well over the bar.
Edging towards full-time here, and the Southampton fans are beginning to celebrate the culmination of a fine season under Mauricio Pochettino. They will finish eighth. Nearest rivals Newcastle are 1-2 down to Liverpool.
England manager Roy Hodgson has seen enough. He's walked off from the director's box and on his way out. Names his World Cup squad at 14:00 BST tomorrow. Are the Southampton trio of Lambert, Lallana and Shaw included?
United's deliveries into the middle have been very poor this afternoon, and it reflects here as Januzaj's cross fails to find its target, and Evra works hard to try and keep the ball in play. Fails to, goal-kick awarded.
SUBSTITUTION - Southampton: Luke Shaw is now substituted, Calum Chambers has replaced him. Standing ovation for the 18-year-old, who might be off this summer.
The hosts are unable to repel United's offensive advances in the last few minutes. Fletcher involved in the build-up as the ball finds its way to the middle. Cross intended for Welbeck is too close to the goalkeeper.
United beginning to see more success in the final third now. Lovely movement from Januzaj who dribbles his way to the edge of the penalty box, but he is unable to find a navy blue shirt.
WELBECK! Unable to lift the ball over the oncoming Boruc. Lovely vision from Mata who picks out the England striker with a neat pass. Boruc does well, rushing out and claiming the ball.
Wanyama! Attempts a long range effort from distance. Bring the ball down well, and tees himself up with an expert piece of control. But the shot is dragged wide. Frustrating.
Quick feet from substitute Hernandez, who skips past Shaw into the box. Aims to pick out the arriving Welbeck in the middle, but Clyne gets the job done.
SUBSTITUTION - Southampton: Adam Lallana departs to a standing ovation from the fans, in what could be his final performance for the Saints. He has been replaced by young starlet James Ward-Prowse.
SUBSTITUTION - Manchester United: Robin Van Persie has been replaced by Javier Hernandez for the remainder of the game.
Robin van Persie
Tiki-Taka Southampton on the counter-attack. Fine movement and passing culminates in Nathaniel Clyne drilling in a cross from the right wing. Turned behind by Rio Ferdinand.
WIDE! Fletcher! United should be ahead here. From the set-piece situation, Fletcher rises highest to meet the header, but diverts it wide to the right of Boruc's goal. His 18-month barren streak continues.
Yellow CardLuke Shaw
YELLOW CARD - Luke Shaw: The young defender is booked for a strong challenge on Adnan Januzaj.
Shaw has had a fine game to date, as he drives Southampton forward. Towards Davis, who is situated on the edge of the area. His cross intended for Lambert is deflected behind.
The referee awards a free-kick to United after a late challenge on Danny Welbeck, but Southampton repel the Red Devils, as Van Persie is unable to get onto a long ball forward.
Januzaj attempts to win a penalty after he goes to ground a little too easily after a challenge from Luke Shaw. The referee's not having any of it.
SUBSTITUTION - Southampton: Positive switch from Pochettino, as Gallagher replaces Cork for the final half-hour of the season.
The answer is no. Lovely cross from the right by Januzaj. Both Welbeck and Van Persie get into each other's way, as the move breaks down. Southampton need to steady the ship somewhat.
A fine goal from Mata, and it has Ryan Giggs celebrating on the touchline. It's suddenly a changed game at St Mary's. Can United add to their recent dominance?
GOAL!! Southampton 1-1 Man Utd - JUAN MATA!! What a fine goal. His sixth goal for Manchester United, and it was a strike of beauty! From the free-kick, he lifts it up and over the wall, dipping in time to nestle in the net. World class free-kick.
YELLOW CARD - Victor Wanyama: The Kenyan midfielder is booked for a third foul.
Yellow CardVictor Wanyama
The Saints attempting to keep the ball, and limit United's influence in the opposition half. They've had 71% possession of the ball in this game.
Boruc with an awkward parry away to deny United the corner, but the visitors have begun brightly in this second half. That is until Juan Mata hits a simple pass astray, and out for a throw-in.
Long ball forward from the middle, as van Persie attempts to latch onto a loose ball. Lovely header away from Lovren to alleviate the danger.
SUBSTITUTION - Man Utd: Shinji Kagawa has been replaced by Michael Carrick
UNDERWAY AT ST MARY's. Man Utd get us going, attacking from right to left in this second period. Their Europa League hopes are all but over.
The sides are out for the second half at St Mary's. One change at the break.
HT: SOU 1-0 MNU - Lambert's goal separates the two sides at the break. it was a controversial strike, with Lambert apparently elbowing Vidic in the build-up. But United have been distinctly average in the first 45 minutes.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME: Southampton 1-0 Manchester United.
45' + 1'
Into the first of two minutes of additional time at the end of the first half at St Mary's.
Van Persie flagged offside, as he attempts to control a lovely through ball from Januzaj. Just went a little too early there.
Schneiderlin! Unable to control the ball adequately, and the chance is gone! Lovely cross again, this time from the left, as Kagawa is caught short. Over the head of Lambert, but the Frenchman is unable to get his shot away in time.
DAVIS! So close for the Saints! Lallana latches onto a throw-in from Shaw, and gets to the byline. Delicate cross into the box, but Davis cannot connect with the header, with de Gea beaten!
Yellow CardAdnan Januzaj
GOALFLASH: Tottenham 3-0 Aston Villa. United's Europa League hopes are all but over. Spurs have almost sealed the three points at White Hart Lane with a fantastic first half showing. As it stands, United are five points behind.
Lambert with the free-kick, up and over the wall. But it's too centrally hit, as de Gea claims the ball with ease.
Yellow CardNemanja Vidic
YELLOW CARD - Vidic: The defender is booked for a strong challenge on Lallana off the ball. Free-kick to Southampton on the edge of the area.
MATA! Dragged wide. Lovely movement from United, who take advantage of a lapse in concentration. From the throw-in, Smalling picks up Mata who quickly makes progress in the box. Drags his effort across the face of goal.
United are surrounding referee Mike Dean once again, they are adamant that they should be awarded a corner, but play continues. United not enjoying the rub of the green this afternoon.
SMALLING! Van Persie does well to work some space for the visitors. Towards Januzaj in the middle, who lets the ball loose. Smalling tees up a strike on the edge of the box, but hits a stinging low effort wide.
Yellow CardJack Cork
VIDIC! He's just headed wide. Unlucky for the defender, who is still clutching his tissue and wiping his nose. But he puts that to one side to head from a set-piece situation, but diverts his effort wide of Boruc's goal.
Vidic is back on the field, holding a tissue to wipe off the blood. He is adamant that he does not want to be substituted in his final appearance for Manchester United.
A situation developing here, but the referee has taken the decision to let the goal stand. Vidic has gone off for treatment, covered with blood. United are temporarily down to ten men.
Controversy reigns at St Mary's. Every member of the United squad has surrounded the referee here. They feel that the goal should've been disallowed after Lambert hit Vidic with an elbow in the build-up. They are absoluteley furious.
GOAL!! Southampton 1-0 Manchester United - LAMBERT!! Perfect goal from Lambert under the watchful eye of the England manager. Long ball controlled by Lambert who has an elbow on Vidic. Vidic stays down, but he picks up a pass and goes past a static defence to slide it under de Gea.
SHAW! The 18-year-old shows his quality, turning in from the left and making progress into the penalty box. Attempts to dribble one player too many, and he is finally dispossessed.
LALLANA! Southampton resort to long shots from distance with United's back four holding their own. Comfortable save by De Gea, who makes another smart save.
Lovren plays it well from the back, and Southampton advance in numbers. Towards Clyne arriving on the right, but again the Saints cannot penetrate a solid United defence.
Cross in from Scheniderlin, who attempts to find Lambert arriving into the penalty box. Slightly overhit, and it's a good take by David de Gea - named this week Player of the Year at United.
Twenty minutes gone at St Mary's Stadium. Not much going on by way of action this afternoon. United's Europa League hopes all but over as it stands with Spurs ahead against Villa. Southampton will finish eighth.
Delivered in by Davis, towards the centre, and eventually cleared by Robin van Persie. United do not clear the ball fully, as they are hounded down by Lambert and Lallana. But de Gea slips as he attempts a clearance. But Southampton do not take advantage.
Lambert drops deeper and links well with Wanyama, as Southampton consolidate possession. A cross in from Davis intended for Lambert is headed behind by Smalling. Southampton have a corner.
GOALFLASH: Tottenham 1-0 Aston Villa - Paulinho has put Spurs ahead at White Hart Lane. As it stands, Manchester United would not reach the Europa League, whatever the result here this afternoon.
Manchester United have only had 26% possession in these opening stages. Definitely second best so far, not even getting into the Southampton penalty box.
Shaw with another cross, towards the middle, headed away by Rio Ferdinand. Davis reclaims the loose ball, picking out Schneiderlin, but the move eventually breaks down.
Replay of that Vidic handball, and it definitely takes a touch off of the Inter-bound defender. But he didn't have much control in that situation, his arm was down while attempting to shield Lambert.
WANYAMA! Long range effort from the Kenyan midfielder, but his strike takes a touch off of Adam Lallana who is in an onside position, played on by Chris Smalling. De Gea makes a decent save.
Manchester United have lost their last two away games - against Bayern Munich and Everton. They had not conceded a goal in the three away games before that.
CHANCE FOR SOUTHAMPTON! Lallana picks out Shaw on the left, who gets forward before producing a delightful cross with the edge of his foot. Lambert gets a touch on it, but it appears to hit Vidic's arm. No penalty given as United clear.
Slow start to the game to add to the end-of-season feel in the Barclays Premier League. Fonte drives forward, finding Schneiderlin, who continues to stretch the play. All at a slow pace for Southampton.
Cork escapes a booking, but United have a free-kick just outside the penalty box. Taken by Mata, but it is an unsuccessful effort as Southampton get the ball away through Jose Fonte.
Januzaj races down the right wing, but unable to get past the last defender. Jack Corck has upended Patrice Evra with a high foot. The left-back is down in pain.
Good start from Southampton who have hit the offensive early on. Victor Wanyama picks up the ball from a throw-in and strikes a half-volley from distance. Well caught by David de Gea.
UNDERWAY AT SOUTHAMPTON: The fans are chanting Adam Lallana's name as we get started at St Mary's stadium. Can Manchester United snatch that final spot in the Europa League from Tottenham.
England manager Roy Hodgson is at the stadium to oversee this fixture. He names his FIFA World Cup preliminary squad at 14:00 tomorrow. How many players of these two sides will feature? The sides are out at St Mary's, and kick off is approaching.
St Mary's filling up well ahead of the final match of the season. With Patrice Evra likely to quit Old Trafford this summer, is Luke Shaw lining up against his future side?
SUBS - MANCHSTER UTD: Amos, Carrick, Cleverley, Lawrence, Young, Valencia, Hernandez
SUBS - SOUTHAMPTON: Gazzaniga (GK), Ward-Prowse, Guly, Chambers, Hooiveld, Reed, Gallagher
SOUTHAMPTON Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Cork, Schneiderlin, Davis, Lallana (c), Lambert
MANCHESTER UTD: De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Januzaj, Fletcher, Kagawa, Welbeck; Mata; van Persie
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
For United, who would've thought 2013-14 would end this badly? Not in the frame for the title, not even for the UEFA Champions League places. It's Europa League or bust. Should Tottenham lose to Aston Villa this afternoon, a United win would see them snatch the final qualifying spot for the Europa League.
For Southampton, it may be Pochettino's final game in charge, with the Argentine linked with various vacant positions in Europe. Will it also be the final game for Shaw and Lallana, who are linked with moves to the North West also?
For Southampton, it has been a superb season by all accounts for Mauricio Pochettino's side. Shrugging off boardroom troubles surrounding the Liebherr family and Nicola Cortese, the likes of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez have catapulted the Saints to their highest ever Premier League points tally. They will finish 8th today.
Ryan Giggs signs off as interim manager of the Red Devils this afternoon, and there are further goodbyes. Nemanja Vidic departs after a successful stay at Old Trafford, with Patrice Evra among the players whose futures remain undecided.
Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE! coverage of the final day of the Barclays Premier League. Southampton take on Manchester United at St Mary's. The visitors can snatch a Europa League spot as they seek to end a very disappointing season on a minor high.
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