Manchester United will be absent from European competition for the first time in 25 years next season as a draw at Southampton saw them finish their worst Premier League campaign in seventh.

Tottenham's 3-0 win over Aston Villa would have denied United a Europa League place whatever the result.

Rickie Lambert shot Saints in front, with United claiming Nemanja Vidic had been fouled in the build-up.

Juan Mata equalised with a curling 25-yard free-kick in the second half.

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The match is expected to be Ryan Giggs's last as interim United manager, with Louis van Gaal expected to take over at Old Trafford.

The game, watched by England manager Roy Hodgson, marked a final appearance for United captain Vidic, who will join Italian side Inter Milan on a free transfer.

With uncertainty surrounding the future of players from both sides, as well as that of each manager, it provided an intriguing finale to the season.

Hodgson would have been impressed by Southampton's England contingent, all of whom played their part in a dominant first half.

Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw both had early chances for Mauricio Pochettino's side while Vidic was lucky not to concede a penalty when he handled in his own penalty area as Lallana tried to control a bouncing ball.

But Saints eventually took the lead against the deposed champions through another of their England internationals, striker Lambert, with a controversial goal.

He emphatically fired past De Gea, having earlier won an aerial battle against Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, and although United claimed Vidic had been fouled in the build-up Southampton were in front.

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They fully deserved to be ahead against a poor United side who missed the midfield craft and composure of Michael Carrick, who was only on the bench, as well as the presence up front of the injured Wayne Rooney.

The visitors ended the half without a single shot on target as Giggs, who was placed in temporary charge following the sacking of David Moyes, cut a helpless figure on the touchline.

His response was to introduce Carrick at half-time, with Shinji Kagawa hauled off, but it was another of their midfielders who got United back in the game.

After Victor Wanyama was booked for a kick on Danny Welbeck, United were presented with a free-kick 25 yards out and Mata curled the ball over the wall to leave home goalkeeper Artur Boruc with little chance of saving it.

Welbeck then headed over from six yards and Darren Fletcher nodded wide from close range as United finally enjoyed some momentum.

But their inability to find a winner means United finish the season 22 points behind Manchester City, who take the Premier League title from their neighbours, just as United had done 12 months before.

Southampton, meanwhile, finished eighth, with a club-record 56 points.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Southampton

  • 31 Boruc
  • 02 Clyne
  • 23 Shaw Booked (Chambers - 80' )
  • 04 Schneiderlin
  • 06 Fonte
  • 05 Lovren
  • 18 Cork Booked (Gallagher - 60' )
  • 12 Wanyama Booked
  • 07 Lambert
  • 08 Davis
  • 20 Lallana (Ward-Prowse - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 21 Do Prado
  • 22 Chambers
  • 25 Gazzaniga
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 38 Reed
  • 40 Gallagher

Manchester United

  • 01 de Gea
  • 12 Smalling
  • 03 Evra
  • 26 Kagawa (Carrick - 45' )
  • 05 Ferdinand
  • 15 Vidic Booked
  • 44 Januzaj Booked
  • 24 Fletcher
  • 20 van Persie (Hernández - 68' )
  • 08 Mata (A Valencia - 89' )
  • 19 Welbeck

Substitutes

  • 14 Hernández
  • 16 Carrick
  • 18 Young
  • 23 Cleverley
  • 25 A Valencia
  • 34 Lawrence
  • 40 Amos
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 31,372

Match Stats

Shots

15 9

On target

6 2

Corners

6 2

Fouls

16 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 1, Manchester United 1.

90:00 +3:26 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Manchester United 1.

90:00 +3:01

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

90:00 +1:52

Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nemanja Vidic.

90:00 +1:26

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Southampton).

90:00 +1:26

Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:45

Attempt blocked. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

88:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Luis Antonio Valencia replaces Juan Mata.

86:14

Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

79:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Calum Chambers replaces Luke Shaw.

76:20

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

76:20

Patrice Evra (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:52

Offside, Manchester United. David de Gea tries a through ball, but Adnan Januzaj is caught offside.

74:56

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

74:56

Patrice Evra (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:53

Attempt missed. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

72:08

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Rio Ferdinand.

69:58

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

69:58

Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Adam Lallana.

67:56

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:56

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

67:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Javier Hernández replaces Robin van Persie.

66:21

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Rio Ferdinand.

65:27

Attempt missed. Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Smalling with a cross.

64:27 Booking

Booking Luke Shaw (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:21

Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).

64:21

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:43

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Nemanja Vidic.

62:25

Foul by Adam Lallana (Southampton).

62:25

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:46

Offside, Manchester United. David de Gea tries a through ball, but Adnan Januzaj is caught offside.

61:08

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

61:08

Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Sam Gallagher replaces Jack Cork.

57:57

Offside, Manchester United. Danny Welbeck tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

55:15

Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj with a cross.

53:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Manchester United 1. Juan Mata (Manchester United) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

52:59 Booking

Booking Victor Wanyama (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:44

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

52:44

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:51

Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).

50:51

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:24

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

50:24

Patrice Evra (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:59

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

49:59

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:53

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

46:37

Attempt saved. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 1, Manchester United 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Michael Carrick replaces Shinji Kagawa.

45:00 +2:26 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 1, Manchester United 0.

45:00 +1:52

Offside, Manchester United. Patrice Evra tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

44:43

Offside, Manchester United. Adnan Januzaj tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

43:12

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

43:12

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:48

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

41:48

Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:07 Booking

Booking Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38:47

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:47

Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).

38:09

Attempt saved. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

37:26 Booking

Booking Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37:19

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:19

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

34:21

Attempt missed. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

33:33

Attempt blocked. Dejan Lovren (Southampton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis with a headed pass.

32:51

Rickie Lambert (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:51

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

32:23

Attempt missed. Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross following a set piece situation.

31:56 Booking

Booking Jack Cork (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

31:48

Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

31:48

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:23

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

31:21

Attempt blocked. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne with a cross.

30:56

Attempt blocked. Jose Fonte (Southampton) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis with a cross.

30:29

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Darren Fletcher.

30:12

Attempt missed. Luke Shaw (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne with a cross.

28:43

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

27:48

Delay in match Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) because of an injury.

27:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Manchester United 0. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Davis.

24:56

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

22:45

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

21:31

Offside, Manchester United. David de Gea tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

19:47

Attempt missed. Luke Shaw (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a cross.

16:31

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

9:47

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Victor Wanyama.

9:45

Attempt missed. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

6:36

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:36

Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

3:55

Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:50

Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

2:50

Patrice Evra (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:09

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

2:09

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

1:22

Attempt saved. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Shaw.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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