2021-22 English Premier League
  • Jadon Sancho (21')
  • Ché Adams (48')

Man United let another lead slip against Southampton to dent top four chances

Man United 'shooting themselves in the foot' for top four finish (0:49)

Janusz Michallik speaks about Man United's top four hopes after their 1-1 draw with Southampton. (0:49)

Manchester United missed a chance to move into the top four after another disappointing 1-1 draw against Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Che Adams' second-half strike cancelled out Jadon Sancho's opener as Ralf Rangnick's side failed to hold onto a lead for a third consecutive game.

The result heaps more pressure on United and their management after sources told ESPN that the players are becoming frustrated with the training methods.

United remain in fifth place in the league table while Southampton stay in 10th position.

"We are conceding fewer goals than before but it doesn't help when you don't score more than one," Rangnick said. "We should have been two or three goals up after 20 minutes again.

"Then after two minutes [of the second half] exactly what happened at Burnley happened again, we conceded early in second half after being in possession. It is very frustrating for me and the players. It is a major problem, along with our goals."

It was a lively start to the game and Cristiano Ronaldo was close to opening the scoring inside seven minutes but saw his strike cleared off the line by Romain Perraud.

The hosts did take the lead after 21 minutes after a fine move which saw Marcus Rashford set up Sancho for a tap-in at the far post.

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Southampton responded well and forced David de Gea into a couple of saves before Paul Pogba had a goal chalked off for offside just before the break.

The visitors grabbed an equaliser three minutes into the second half through Adams' clinical finish from a tight angle.

United recovered from the setback and Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster denied Ronaldo and Diogo Dalot from close range in quick succession.

Southampton also had chances to go ahead as an unmarked Stuart Armstrong wasted a golden chance and blazed the ball over the bar while Armando Broja also failed to find the target during a one-on one situation.

Ronaldo thought he had ended his goal drought after 70 minutes but his close-range header was disallowed for offside.

Veteran forward Ronaldo has now failed to score in any of his last six appearances in all competitions. The last time he had a longer run without a goal at club level was a run of seven games in December 2008 and January 2009.

Harry Maguire thought he grabbed a late winner but his header was brilliantly saved by Forster as the visitors held on for a point.

"Every minute we were getting better and played like we want," Saint boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said.

"We dominated in the second half and created super chances to score. We take a point -- not losing against Man City, Tottenham and Man United in our last three league games. We are not so bad."

The final whistle was greeted by boos from all around as interim coach Rangnick struggles to turn things around.

United have averaged fewer goals per game under the German than they have under any other manager in Premier League history.

Information from Reuters was included in this report.

English Premier League Standings

1 Arsenal 19 +29 50
2 Manchester City 20 +33 45
3 Newcastle United 20 +22 39
4 Manchester United 20 +7 39
5 Tottenham Hotspur 21 +9 36
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 +10 31
7 Fulham 21 +2 31
8 Brentford 20 +4 30
9 Liverpool 19 +9 29
10 Chelsea 20 +1 29
11 Aston Villa 20 -4 28
12 Crystal Palace 20 -9 24
13 Nottingham Forest 20 -19 21
14 Leicester City 20 -7 18
15 Leeds United 19 -7 18
16 West Ham United 20 -8 18
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 -18 17
18 AFC Bournemouth 20 -23 17
19 Everton 20 -13 15
20 Southampton 20 -18 15