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Why Manchester United Failed To Defeat Southampton At St Mary’s Stadium Despite Early Lead

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Manchester United failed to pick maximum points against Southampton during their Saturday’s Premier League fixture despite taking the lead before half time.

Daniel James put the Red Devils ahead with a very lovely effort in the 10th minute of the game but the Saints salvaged a point from the encounter as defender Jannik Vestergaard headed past David De Gea in the 58th minute.

Speaking after the entertaining encounter, Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse revealed to reporters the secret behind their encouraging display after the break.

According to the midfielder in a post-match session with BT Sports, the manager’s half-time talk and encouragement were the brain behind their comeback against United.

Ward-Prowse disclosed that manager Ralph Hasenhuttl charged them ‘not to panic’ despite being a goal down.

“(The message at half-time was) ‘not to panic’.

“We were quite comfortable during the game and we kept believing in what we were doing. We had to be patient and the giant at the back popped up with a great header.” he concluded.

With Saturday’s 1-1 draw against the Saints, Manchester United are now winless in their last three Premier League fixtures this season. They have won just one match (against Chelsea), drawn two, and have lost once (against Crystal Palace).

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