Blockbuster scored, Man Utd still held a grudge at Old Trafford

12 Feb 2022 | 16:37 | Football

 Although Jadon Sancho soon scored the opening goal against Southampton, Man Utd once again could not keep the victory for himself.

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There are not many surprises in Man Utd’s starting XI. Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to the starting line when Edinson Cavani is injured. Support for CR7 on two wings is Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. In the midfield, Paul Pogba is trusted, next to Bruno Fernandes while Scott McTominay kicks the lowest in midfield.

At Old Trafford, both hosts and guests enter confidently. The Red Devils soon created remarkable opportunities when Southampton played high, however, Ronaldo and Sancho both missed unfortunately.
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 Sancho easily opened the scoring.

Sancho received a lot of criticism for his handling, but as soon as the goal opened, he dispelled everything. In the 21st minute, Fernandes opened the ball accurately for Rashford to escape, launching a horizontal stretch as if placed in, and Sancho’s task was quite easy , even when he was closely followed by the Southampton defender.

Despite taking the lead, Man Utd was not too dominant in the game. Even in the first 45 minutes, it was the away team who controlled the ball better. In the last minutes of the first half, Southampton continuously attacked, Stuart Armstrong and Mohamed Elyounoussi had 2 dangerous shots, but David de Gea excellently saved.

After the break, like many previous matches, Man Utd suddenly dropped despite having an early advantage. And the familiar scenario came back to them. In the 48th minute, Che Adams comfortably escaped on the left wing and cut his heart, defeating De Gea.

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 Southampton deserved the equalizer.

When they received an equalizer, Ralf Rangnick’s students just woke up. They focused on attacking and within a few minutes, Harry Maguire, Ronaldo and Diogo Dalot had powerful shots that Fraser Forster had to work hard to block.

But Southampton doesn’t just take the fight. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s students always knew how to organize a dangerous counter-attack. If Armstrong or Armando Broja had had a better shot in the 65th and 67th minutes, the away team could have scored.

Falling into a position with nothing to lose, in the 75th minute, coach Rangnick had to gamble all his hands, which was to throw Anthony Elanga into the field to replace the only defensive midfielder McTominay. Then Jesse Lingard was also given the opportunity. Despite trying to attack in the last minutes, Man Utd was still powerless to find a way into the Southampton goal. When the home team had the clearest chance with Maguire’s header in the 90+2 minute, Forster brilliantly denied it.

With a disappointing 1-1 draw, Man Utd continues to stand still at 5th place in the table.


Man Utd (4-3-3): De Gea, Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Sancho, Ronaldo.

Southampton (3-4-3): Forster, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Salisu, Perraud, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, S. Armstrong, Elyounoussi, Broja, A. Armstrong