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Mourinho bemoans penalty decision as Man Utd held by Southamptom Match Report.

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Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku was taken off in the first half

By Alex Bysouth | BBC Sport

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says his side were denied a "clear penalty" after they laboured to a goalless draw against a resolute Southampton at Old Trafford.

Referee Craig Pawson did not award a spot-kick when the ball struck Southampton defender Maya Yoshida on the arm in the first half.

United were then unable to break the visitors down as their winless Premier League run stretched to three games.

It means Mourinho's side will head into 2018 in third place after Chelsea beat Stoke 5-0 earlier in the day, while Manchester City have the chance to increase their lead to 16 points when they visit Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Asked if it was a frustrating afternoon, Mourinho said: "Especially the minute the referee didn't give a clear penalty.

"We played enough to score goals, of course we missed easy chances. But I am really unhappy with the penalty. Not with Craig's performance overall, but with the penalty. I think Craig had a game without problems, but it is a big decision."

Yoshida admitted he was fortunate not to be penalised, saying: "Sometimes we get decisions from the referee and sometimes we get bad luck from them. Today we got good luck."

Striker Romelu Lukaku was taken off on a stretcher for the hosts in the first half, having earlier headed a good chance over the bar.

Paul Pogba did have the ball in the net for Mourinho's side late on, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

But Southampton also had opportunities to win the game.

Goalkeeper David de Gea somehow managed to guide Shane Long's effort over the crossbar with his foot from Saints' best chance.

Mauricio Pellegrino's side have now gone eight games without a win since the 4-1 thrashing of Everton on 26 November.
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