Southampton were held by Manchester United at St. Mary’s, as an early penalty save by Sergio Romero meant that the points were shared.

Claude Puel made eight changes to the side that beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at the weekend, as Matt Targett returned to the side after a long-term injury, with Cedric Soares, Jack Stephens and Manolo Gabbiadini also a few that returned.

Southampton started well and probably should have gone ahead within the first five minutes, as a handball from Eric Bailly saw the Saints get an early penalty.

With Southampton not scoring their last two penalties, Gabbiadini stepped up to try and convert from 12 yards, but the Italian had his penalty well saved by United keeper Romero.

Southampton had a few chances to score, but couldn’t quite put the game to bed before the half time whistle.

The second half looked to be a more interesting encounter, as good opportunities for Oriol Romeu and Dusan Tadic were saved well again by Romero.

As the game drew on, it looked like it wasn’t going to be Saints’ day, as a terrific, curling long-range effort from James Ward-Prowse was terrifically saved once again by the United keeper.

Manchester United were dangerous on the counter attack, mainly in the second half, but Southampton dominated most of the game but couldn’t quite find an opening, as the spoils were shared at St. Mary’s for the sixth time this season.

Here are five players who impressed against United:

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