Fifth-placed Manchester United, who is trying to climb up the table and secure a place in the Champions League hosted a Southampton side that is currently twelfth on the table at the Old Trafford. Both teams began the game with a tribute to Jack Charlton member of the England set of 1966 world Cup-winning team who passed away during the weekend.
The kickoff saw Southampton dominate the first 10 minutes of the game, and in the 12th minute of the game, a defensive error from Paul Pogba saw Stuart Armstrong give Southampton the lead, thanks to an assist from teammate Nathan Redmond. The away side continued with the attack and dominated the ball possession for the first 20 minutes of the start of play.
Marcus Rashford was on target in the 20th minute to the level the scores for the Old Trafford giants as he reacted first to an assist from Frenchman Anthony Martial. Three minutes later, Anthony Martial was now the receiver as he finished off a pass from Bruno Fernandes to find the back of the net, and give a desperate United side the lead. A foul from James Ward-Prowse saw referee, Chris Kavanagh give the first yellow card of the game as that was all the action the first half could offer.
At the restart of the game in the second half, play was stopped as an injured Jack Stephens received medical aid. Plays was however restarted with Manchester United in control of the ball but were quickly dispossessed by a goal thirsty Saints side. A shot from Danny Ings saw United’s David De Gea put up a brilliant save to keep them ahead. Both failed to convert their chances as they came but United were the better side in the second half of the game as they dominated most of the possession and created the most opportunities.
A late drama however ensued that saw Michael Obi draw level for the Southampton side from a James Ward-Prowse corner to ensure that both sides shared the points.
Manchester United have now flopped an opportunity to go into the 3rd position on the league table after both 3rd and 4th placed Chelsea and Leicester City lost during the weekend. Southampton is now one point clear of Newcastle to remain 12th on the table as the season draws to a close.Click here to leave a comment