Manchester United’s slump continued with a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s run without scoring was extended to six games.
Che Adams scored Southampton’s equalizer in the 48th minute to cancel out the first goal in the 21st from Jadon Sancho, who scored at Old Trafford for the first time since joining United in the offseason.
The latest setback for United came four days after a 1-1 draw at last-place Burnley and a week after being knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of second-tier Middlesbrough at home following a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. On all three occasions, United have led 1-0 at halftime.
“We had a great half hour, but in the end it’s about playing that way for more than a half,” United manager Ralf Rangnick said.
“We told them exactly that (at halftime), that we have to be aggressive, we have to stay compact, we must not give them any space,” he said. “This is what we told them, obviously. But in the end it’s something else to play like that on the pitch.”
United moved within the same number of points as fourth-place West Ham but remained outside the Champions League standings.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, has not scored in 2022 _ his last goal came against Burnley on Dec. 30 _ although he had a goal disallowed for offside in the second half and had a shot cleared near the goal line after rounding. the goalkeeper at the beginning of the first half.
Southampton are proving to be a problem for the bigger teams in the league, and this result came after a draw with Manchester City, which ended the leaders’ 12-match winning streak, and a victory at Tottenham midway through. of week.
“He’s very nice with this team,” Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said. “We’re really good at watching to be honest. It’s fantastic of us. We always have a solution and a new way of playing and it’s good to see this and the way we want to go.”
Sancho’s goal was a shot to the far post after a cross from Marcus Rashford, who had deflected a good deep pass from Bruno Fernandes.
Inspired by Paul Pogba, United were a much better team in the first half but faded after the break, like against Middlesbrough and Burnley.
And Adams made the hosts pay with a low shot to the far post after finding himself free on the left and Luke Shaw playing wide.
“We have to understand where we are,” said Rangnick, who replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as coach in early December. “We have a point today; we expected three and we needed three, but that is the situation. That’s why there was a change of coach and that’s why we’re here”.