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Saints 1 Manchester United 1
Updated 4:57pm Sunday 11th May 2014 in Football
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- Saints sign off with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United
- Rickie Lambert gave the home side a first-half lead
- Juan Mata equalised with a free-kick after the break
- Saints finish the season in eighth place in the Premier League
- Mauricio Pochettino's side also finish with a club-record 56 points
A draw against Manchester United means Saints end the season with a four-match unbeaten streak. They have also secured a club-record Premier League points total, of 56, as they come home in eighth position. The players are about to embark on a lap of appreciation, to thank the fans for their support. Thank you for joining us on thee blog today. We'll have a full report and reaction for you on the website shortly. We'll also have live coverage of the England World Cup squad announcement tomorrow.
SAINTS 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 1
Manchester United: Juan Mata off, Antonio Valencia on (89 mins).
Saints: Luke Shaw off, Calum Chambers on (79 mins).
Saints: Adam Lallana off, James Ward-Prowse (69 mins).
Man United: Robin van Persie off, Javier Hernandez on (67 mins).
CHANCE (66 mins): Darren Fletcher misses a great chance to put United ahead, missing a free header from close range after being picked out by Chris Smalling's right-wing cross.
Luke Shaw cautioned for a mistimed sliding tackle on Adnan Januzaj (65 mins) .
PENALTY APPEAL (61 mins): Adnan Januzaj goes to ground in the area under pressure from Luke Shaw. The United player wants a spot kick, as do the visitors' bench, but Mike Dean gives nothing. Replays confirmed it was not a foul.
SAINTS: Jack Cork off, Sam Gallagher on (60 mins).
CHANCE (55 mins): United go close to turning the game completely on its head in the space of two minutes. Adnan Januzaj's cross from the right picks out Danny Welbeck six yards out, but he puts his header over the bar.
SAINTS 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 1 (Juan Mata 54)
Wanyama's foul on Welbeck gives United a great sight of goal, and Juan Mata bends a superb free-kick over the wall and into the top corner, leaving Artur Boruc rooted to the spot. The goal has actually come from United's first shot on target.
Victor Wanyama booked for bringing down Danny Welbeck just outside the area (54 mins)
New photo of Lambert's goal
The second half is underway.
One change for United at the break, with Michael Carrick replacing Shinji Kagawa.
SAINTS 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 0
CHANCE (39 mins): After Vidic's foul on Lallana 25 yards out, Rickie Lambert attempts a free-kick, but it's straight at David de Gea.
Nemanja Vidic booked for tripping Adam Lallana (38 mins).
CHANCE (35 mins): Chris Smalling goes close to equalising for United, as a loose ball drops to him just outside the area. His low shot across goal goes through a crowd of bodies, but misses the post by inches.
CHANCE (33 mins): Juan Mata swings in a free-kick from the right, with Nemanja Vidic winning the header. His effort just misses the top corner, though, and goes behind for a goal-kick.
Jack Cork booked for wrestling Adnan Januzaj to the ground (33 mins).
SAINTS 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 0 (Rickie Lambert 28)
Saints take a well-deserved lead, although in slightly controversial circumstances. Rickie Lambert wins an aerial duel with Nemanja Vidic, but accidentally catches the United defender with an elbow in the process. Referee Mike Dean allows play to continue, as the ball falls to Steven Davis. He slips Lambert in behind the defence, with the striker finishing emphatically past David de Gea. United players surround Dean after the goal, while Vidic has to change his shirt after receiving a bloodied nose.
CHANCE (25 mins): Saints continue to push, with Adam Lallana this time testing David de Gea with a curling left-foot effort from just outside the area, after receiving Rickie Lambert's lay-off. In the end, it was a fairly comfortable save for the United keeper.
CHANCE (20 mins): Luke Shaw bursts forward and plays a ball down the left channel for Adam Lallana. Shaw continues his run into the area and rises to meet his teammate's delivery. The left-back can't jump high enough to get over the ball, though, and loops his header over.
CHANCE (10 mins): Nathaniel Clyne receives an angled pass from Victor Wanyama out on the right. He drives towards Patrice Evra then cuts the ball back to Wanyama in a central position 25 yards out. The Kenyan strikes a right-foooted shot first-time, which is right in the path of Adam Lallana. The Saints skipper tries a clever flick to divert the ball past David de Gea, but doesn't get quite enough on it to change the ball's course sufficiently.
PENALTY APPEAL (7 mins): Luke Shaw sends in a cross with the outside of his left foot, which Steven Davis flicks on. Adam Lallana controls it six yards out, before Nemanja Vidic's flailing arm strikes the ball. It looked a good shout for a spot kick, but referee Mike Dean gave nothing.
CHANCE (4 mins): United have the first sight of goal, as Jack Cork fouls Patrice Evra 20 yards out. Juan Mata takes the free-kick, but his effort hits the wall.
Referee Mike Dean gets today's match underway.
The teams are out here at St Mary's. Kick-off now just a few minutes away. Stay with us for updates from throughout the match.
Sholing, who won the FA Vase at Wembley yesterday, have been recognised for their achievements this afternoon, with Saints presenting them to the crowd. What a fantastic weekend for the Boatmen! Congratulations to Dave Diaper and all his team.
This could well be Mauricio Pochettino's last game as Saints manager, with the 43-year-old being strongly tipped to take over at Tottenham this summer. The Argentine has been coy about his future in recent weeks, and has not addressed anything about it in his programme notes today. Here is a snippet of what he has had to say, though...
A record number of points in a Premier League season is a special achievement, and we hope to improve on that total today.
Last game of the season today, what a great season it has been. Come on lads LET'S PLAY COYR #Saintsfc— @DejanLovren05 11 May 2014
2:07pm Sun 11 May 14
Norwegian Saint says
Would hate us to play against any of our current Saints next season.
Stick together and we can be serious contenders in Europe!
Come on you Saints!
While a lot of the talk at today's game will be about the future of Mauricio Pochettino and Saints' key players, there is also the issue of the World Cup to discuss. England manager Roy Hodgson, who is at St Mary's this afternoon, names his squad for Brazil tomorrow, with Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw all in with a strong chance of being included. Click here for the full story.
An emotional Adam Lallana was crowned Saints' player of the season this week. In today's matchday programme, he has spoken about how he felt receiving the awards from the fans and also what his future might hold, with strong rumours that Liverpool are confident of signing him this month.
I got emotional because it's been a journey that I couldn't have even dreamed of - but I'm not saying that this is the end by any means. Obviously with how well the club and its players have done, there are going to be some decisions to make in the summer, and maybe it all hit home a little bit when I was speaking. We're now in a position where we have to sit down as a club and decide what is best and what's the right route to take, because we want to be a stable club - that's the main thing. We want to be competing in the Premier League for the next four or five years and forever longer. I just want to be honest. I feel I've been honest throughout my whole career and I want to be honest now to whoever I'm speaking to, whether it's the fans, the manager or anyone. Every fan would realise that there's big potential in our team and we have players who can go and play at a higher level. I'm certainly ambitious. I want to one day play in the Champions League and compete for the Premier League title, but I still feel like I'm the same guy I was when we were playing in League 1 and in the Championship."Saints captain Adam Lallana
That's one change for Saints with Rickie Lambert replacing Sam Gallagher in attack
SAINTS: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Cork, Schneiderlin, Davis, Lallana, Lambert.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Hooiveld, Chambers, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Do Prado, Gallagher.
MAN UTD: De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Januzaj, Fletcher, Kagawa, Welbeck, Mata, van Persie
Subs: Amos, Carrick, Cleverley, Lawrence, Young, Valencia, Hernandez
Ref: Mike Dean
Manchester United squad news: Defender Phil Jones (shoulder) and striker Wayne Rooney (groin) are out of Manchester United's final game of the season at Saints. Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard (illness) and defender Rafael (thigh) are doubts. Centre-back Jonny Evans (ankle) is unavailable but 18-year-old striker James Wilson should be fit despite suffering a knock on his goalscoring debut against Hull on Tuesday.
Saints squad news: Southampton have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Manchester United. Morgan Schneiderlin and Rickie Lambert played in last week's win at Swansea, despite struggling with slight injuury knocks. Jay Rodriguez (knee), Gaston Ramirez (ankle) and Maya Yoshida (knee) remain absent, as is back-up goalkeeper Kelvin Davis (back).
Hello and welcome to our final Daily Echo Saints blog of the 2013/14 season. Mauricio Pochettino's side have enjoyed a record-breaking campaign and will be looking to sign off in style, with a victory over Manchester United. That would be a fine way to send the club into what represents an extremely important summer period, as they bid to keep hold of their manager and key players. Stay with us for build-up, team news and match updates.
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