At St-Mary’s Stadium, United, Had it going for the first hour of play, but struggled in the last 30 min and dropped points yet again in their draw against Southampton (1-1) as part of the fourth day of the Premier League. Despite an early goal from Daniel James, one of the summer rookies, the Red Devils stumbled on a strong defense of the Saints, who equalized through Jannik Vestergaard. Manchester United, who scored a thunderous season start (4-0 ahead of Chelsea), conceded a pitiful draw at reluctant Southampton (1-1) in the opening match of Day 4 of Premier League, played Saturday.
Beaten last week at home by Crystal Palace (2-1), the Red Devils failed to demonstrate in the field their obvious technical superiority, or even greater envy, until the « state of emergency Last fifteen minutes. Till today they are with only one success, two draws and a defeat on the clock.
The Mancunians, however, seemed to have control of the game, having opened the score by Daniel James in the 10th minute. But a simple missed opportunity of Che Adams made lose the head to the Mancuniens who have, in the wake, conceded the equalizer signed by Jannik Vestergaard (58th). Even more disturbing was the lack of a real reaction after this equalization. Manchester took twenty minutes to accelerate the game and highlight its technical superiority.
The exclusion of Kevin Danso (72′), for a second yellow card, gave them hope. But their domination was sterile, and illustrated the fact that Manchester United can no longer attack, especially when Paul Pogba lacks inspiration. Dangerous attempts by Rashford (83), Lingard (87), Greenwood (88), Young (89) came too late and brought no news to the United fans.
With five points, Manchester United is fourth pending the results of the fourth day. Dropping 7 points out of 12 possible can only make the United fans furious and questionning Solskjær’s tactical choices, the fans may even blame the slow summer market made by their beloved club, letting plenty of players go, players like Lukaku Smalling and Sanchez, even if the new recruits in Harry Maguire, Dani James and Wan Bisaka are performing well to this point, but there were not enough players purchased to build a team that can rival those of City and Liverpool domestically.