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Southampton draw reveals Man United’s weaknesses

Timothy Aiyeku

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Man United failed to secure a win against Southampton in their Monday evening football as they played a 2-2 draw at the Old Trafford.

The development has now caused a setback in their bid to secure a Champions League spot and to move ahead of Chelsea and Leicester City at the end of the season.

Before now, Man United was on a winning spree with a good goal margin and that flooded the media with praises of the team. Every analysis fell in their favour with some players being praised like Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, and youngster Mason Greenwood.

However, the 2-2 draw speaks a lot about the reality that was blinded by the previous wins and unknown to many about the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team but they are now exposed.

The honeymoon ends, reality starts for Greenwood
The youngster was praised and compared to football legend Cristiano Ronaldo but the game against Southampton proved the analysis was a lie. He struggled in the game. The English League is a very difficult one and for a player to be hailed in that manner, he must face the real tests. Half-a-season form is not enough to judge

Paul Pogba not perfect
The game also exposed flaws in Paul Pogba’s game; he was casual in possession and could not catch up with the intensity of the Saints. That went a long way in affecting the team but no doubt the team needs him to succeed.

Martial deserves his respect
Martial seems not to have gotten the praise he deserves. He set up a goal for Marcus Rashford and scored a brilliant one despite missing a one-on-one situation in the early part of the game.

Need for defenders
Following Luke Shaw’s injury, Solskjaer introduced Bradon Williams and he had a clash as well. They both struggle with fitness. There is a need for more options at the back.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.