Impressive Sergio Romero seizes chance for Manchester United

It is a familiar battle and one he said he has given up fighting, but United host Crystal Palace on Sunday, and he had a point in saying it affords him little time to respect that fixture and keep his first-choice players fresh for Stockholm. Spain's national team goalkeeper; Argentina's national team goalkeeper; it's wonderful to have it.

Anthony Martial came closest to scoring for United, curling a shot against the post in the 71st minute. "We need two top goalkeepers and a top young goalkeeper and this is what we have".

Rather than racking up the wins, Jose Mourinho's team have excelled at playing out draws this season. "Sergio had a very good performance, more than very good", Mourinho said.

"I think all of them gave me positive feelings".

And Mourinho insists his side's league outing should have been moved to Saturday as he asked for Palace manager Sam Allardyce to take it easy against what is set to be a youthful United team. "They showed they want to be in that final".

The game had little significance for either side, with United guaranteed to finish in sixth place and Southampton now in eighth place and unable to finish any higher.

Southampton boss Claude Puel accepts his job will be under "review" at the end of this season.

Belgian worldwide Fellaini was substituted in the 75th minute and had a brief talk with manager Jose Mourinho before walking straight down the tunnel with what appeared to be a muscle problem. "I don't blame myself or our decision", Mourinho said.

There is a growing sense that Puel will be axed after just one season in charge at St Mary's, and Saints chairman Ralph Krueger refused the opportunity to say his manager would be in charge next year.

  • Julie Sanders