Southampton extended their run of home games without a goal as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Manchester United at St.Mary’s.

It means that Southampton have now gone over six hours without scoring a goal at home in the Premier League.

The Saints looked set to have the perfect start to the game when they were awarded a penalty from Eric Bailly’s handball in the area for United.

However, Manolo Gabbiadini’s goalless run continued as his weak spot-kick was palmed away from goal by Sergio Romero – who now have five clean sheets in six Premier League matches.

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This has been a part of the recent criticism of Claude Puel, with some fans labelling his football as boring.

The Saints may not have beaten a side in the top-seven this season, but a point against Manchester United – and a clean sheet – is nothing to be scoffed at.

Picking a man of the match has been a toss up between two players; Nathan Redmond and Jack Stephens.

But, I have gone for Stephens as my man of the match.

Stephens was crucial to Southampton keeping a clean sheet and, despite his best efforts, Redmond failed to help score or create a goal going forward against United.

The central defender was dropped for the win over Middlesbrough last weekend, surprisingly, but came back strong agaisnt United and put in an excellent performance.

He made a number of impressive blocks and tackles, with his composure on the ball helping to play out from the back.

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