Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea expressed his displeasure following his team’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Southampton on Saturday at Old Trafford. The Red Devils squandered the opportunity to overtake fourth-placed West Ham in the league table with their second consecutive 1-1 draw.
In the 21st minute, Jadon Sancho scored United’s first goal. The Red Devils dominated the first half, creating numerous scoring chances, but were unable to build on their lead.
When Southampton’s Che Adams equalised in the 48th minute, Ralf Rangnick’s team were left to rue their lost opportunities. United had to share the points with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team because there were no further goals in the game. De Gea was unhappy with United’s performance because he believes his squad is not doing enough to win games.
Since the international break, United has had a difficult few weeks. Middlesbrough knocked them out of the FA Cup in the fourth round. Rangnick’s team was then held to a 1-1 draw at Premier League strugglers Burnley in midweek.
The club needed a win against Southampton on Saturday to keep pace with Arsenal and West Ham United in the race for the top four. However, they were unable to do so.
United will face another difficult test in the Premier League on Tuesday when they host Brighton at Old Trafford. Brighton have had a successful 2021-22 season so far, finishing ninth in the league table.
Cristiano Ronaldo was off the pace in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was benched for the Red Devils’ midweek match against Burnley, but started against the Saints. In the FA Cup defeat on penalties to Middlesbrough a fortnight ago, Ronaldo had missed a penalty in regulation time. Ronaldo’s goal drought has now reached six games, his longest since 2009.
Ronaldo is United’s top scorer this season with 14 goals across all competitions, but he has looked like a pale shadow of his illustrious self in recent weeks. He squandered a few chances against the Saints and had an effort ruled out for offside. In the second half, he went completely off the rails.
Rangnick needs his key striker to rediscover his scoring touch as Manchester United prepares for another trophy-less season.