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United misses out on Europa League

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm •  Published: May 11, 2014
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SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Manchester United failed to qualify for next season's Europa League after drawing with Southampton 1-1 Sunday on the final day of the Premier League.

The dull draw is likely to be Ryan Giggs' last match in charge of United as interim coach.

With Southampton guaranteed an eighth-place finish and United heading into the game with only the slightest possibility of European qualifying, this game had long lost any meaningful intrigue.

The hosts dominated the opening 45 minutes and Rickie Lambert put Southampton into a deserved first-half lead.

Nemanja Vidic, making his last appearance for United, could only head a long ball into the path of Steven Davis under pressure from Lambert, who was then picked out to slot home his 13th league goal of the season in the 28th.

United's players gathered around referee Mike Dean after the goal as Vidic had a bloody nose after the clash with Lambert in the build-up.

Juan Mata's free kick nine minutes after the interval was enough to earn United a point.

A year after winning the title, United finished seventh, five points behind Tottenham — and 22 behind new champion Manchester City.

When United an Southampton play again next season, the chances are a number of the main protagonists will have moved on.

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