With flashback’s of that shock Crystal Palace 2-1 defeat, Man United has got another problem at hand.
Marcus Rashford stepped up for a penalty that would’ve equalized against Palace in the 70th minute but he missed and recorded consecutive penalty misses by United following Pogba’s miss against Wolves previously.
Although penalties are a 50/50 chance and nowadays keepers have come with a variety of different techniques to prevent penalties, missing these against mid table clubs can deeply affect United’s chances of top four this season.
Ole was asked about this in the post match press conference and he clearly stated these unfortunate misses can happen and backed both Rashford and Pogba to be mature, take responsibility and be ready for the next one.
He quoted to have said “It’s not that I’ve left it to the players to sort out, we’ve nominated two. It’s not like there’s anarchy and do whatever you want.
“Last season we had Marcus, Jesse (Lingard), Paul, who all scored penalties, probably more as well.
“There’s absolutely no fighting among them.
“We’re disappointed that we didn’t win the game but the talk is always more difficult when you don’t get a result.”
Manchester United versus Southampton FC
Prior to this game, Chris Smalling and Alexis Sanchez successfully completed their loan moves to AS Roma and Inter respectively which indicates Ole’s promise of rebuilding the squad and taking United to the next level but now it also shows United’s lack in attacking options.
United was in action again on 31st of August against the Saints.
They were hit with some injury concerns as Martial is out with thigh injury and Shaw with hamstring issues. Ashley Young filled the left back position and United went with De Gea at the back, Young, Maguire, Lindelof and Wan Bissaka completing the back four. Pogba, McTominay and Mata were on the midfield while James and Pereira were deployed on the wings. Rashford was the striker upfront.
The Red Devils were given a great start through Daniel James who, in the 10th minute, received the ball on the left from McTominay, cut inside and smashed it in the top right corner.
Southampton later equalized early in the second half through Vestergaard’s header via Danso’s cross.
Danso was later sent off in the 73rd minute for a flying challenge on McTominay which resulted in a second yellow card followed by a red.
However, United couldn’t capitalize on this and were held to another frustrating 1-1 draw by the 10-men Southampton despite their infinite attempts to grab a winner.
The score ended: Manchester United 1-1 Southampton at the St. Mary’s Stadium.