Man United held by Southampton in 0-0 stalemate

Wayne Rooney and Co were held to a goalless draw by Southampton on Wednesday night

Wayne Rooney and Co were held to a goalless draw by Southampton on Wednesday night

Sergio Romero staked his claim in David de Gea's absence as he pulled off a string of superb stops - including an early penalty save - to help Manchester United claim a 0-0 Premier League draw at Southampton.

Gabbiadini's poor effort represented Southampton's third penalty miss in the Premier League this season and a failure to make their domination count nearly proved costly for the hosts when Anthony Martial rattled the upright.

And Goal understands that Madrid - who motivated Chelsea and United's interest in Oblak with their reported interest in Thibaut Courtois and David de Gea - are ready to consider an offer for the 24-year-old as an alternative to current No. 1 Keylor Navas.

Mourinho, however, who intends to play rookie stopper Joel Pereira against Crystal Palace on Sunday and Romero in next week's Europa League final, expects De Gea to be a United player when pre-season rolls around. As he has done recently, the Portuguese again plans to field a weakened XI, saying "I hope you don't kill me when you see my team". "So after the moment Palace beat Hull and Hull are relegated, and Swansea is safe, in that moment the match has to be Saturday, in any country in the world it would be Saturday".

"Sunday will be a big day for the kids because lots of them are going to play", said the boss.

"It's frustrating for me". "I hope the crowd enjoys that, in spite of it not being a big, strong Manchester United team". They don't want me to leave them out. When I know the battle is lost, I don't fight the battle.

United remain in pole position to land Oblak having made the most progress of the interested Premier League clubs in convincing Atletico to sell. I never saw. It's just a lost battle; we have to accept the way it is. "He tells [Wilfried] Zaha to go slow, he leaves [Christian] Benteke at home".

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"Because it's Man United and they have the money".

Sam Allardyce says he will name his strongest possible team to face Man Utd on Sunday but will have to cope without Andros Townsend.

"The chairman [Steve Parish] has pointed that out to me like every chairman I've worked for, which is always an important part of each year's growth". It's a job we need to do and hopefully we can go there and do it.

From Mourinho's perspective, some United players gave him food for thought ahead of the Ajax game. "I don't think, by themselves, they will be in [the right] conditions to play the game".

"We are sixth, Crystal Palace are safe, it doesn't matter", Mourinho said.

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

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