Manchester United recorded their third consecutive draw in the English Premier League after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Southampton on Saturday at Old Trafford.
Champions Chelsea’s 5-0 win against Stoke City means they remain in the second position, while the Red devils dropped to third in the table, a point behind Antonio Conte’s men.
United manager Jose Mourinho made three changes from the team that played out a 2-2 draw against Burnley in their last fixture while his Southampton counterpart Mauricio Pellegrino brought in four new players following the 5-2 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
The first chance of the game fell to Romelu Lukaku in the fifth minute but he could only divert Juan Mata’s right-sided cross over the bar.
Play was delayed for six-and-a-half minutes following a header injury sustained by Lukaku after a clash of heads.
The Belgian had to be stretchered off and was replaced by Marcus Rashford.
Mata came close to breaking the deadlock for the home side in the 23rd minute but his low effort was well gathered by goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
Jesse Lingard wasted another chance two minutes from the break as he nodded his header from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cross wide off the post.
The visitors improved after the break and matched the attacking forays of their hosts.
They came close to claiming a shock lead in the 52nd minute through Shane Long.
Long got ahead of Nemanja Matic and his shot was heading for the back of the net, only for David De Gea to flick out his leg and keep the ball over the bar.
United had the ball in the back of the net eight minutes from time but Paul Pogba’s effort was ruled out for offside.