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Southampton stalemate highlights glaring gap in Man United squad

Man United's stalemate at Southampton once again highlights the only glaring hole in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team

Manchester United were limited to an entirely disappointing draw at Southampton this afternoon, and since then one particular area of ​​concern has been widely highlighted.

Greenwood cancels Adams

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men returned to Premier League action recently.

The Red Devils made the trip to Southampton, aiming to take advantage of an inspired beating on Leeds United’s opening day last weekend.

United headed into the proceedings as overwhelming favorites, with players like Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood all in from the start, in the back of the opening day showcases.

However, when all was said and done at St. Mary’s, visitors finally came up short, after a downright disappointing 90 minutes.

Southampton opened the afternoon scoring at the half-hour mark, when Che Adams’ deflected effort from the edge of the area squeezed past David De Gea and home:

United, however, to their credit, emerged for the second half with renewed vigor, eventually culminating with Mason Greenwood leveling things out with another assist from Paul Pogba with 55 minutes left.

From here on, the visitors were simply expected to take control, overwhelming Southampton courtesy of a prolonged siege of the Saints’ goal.

However, such a result, evidently based on the final score, simply did not occur.

Instead, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s hosts held firm, defending hard to secure a hard-fought share of the loot, the first of the Premier League season.

Midfield concerns

However, in the red half of Manchester, the investigation will begin.

Most will likely look to the two opposite ends of the field as problem areas for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men today, with Harry Maguire and company. having looked far from comfortable in the back, while Anthony Martial again toiled in his efforts to get back on the roster.

Ultimately, however, it was the center of the park that demonstrated United’s downfall at St. Mary’s.

Time and time again, the deep couple Fred and Nemanja Matic, who returned to their initial duties this afternoon, failed in their efforts to deal with the Southampton midfield press.

The latter is long past its expiration date, while Fred, well, the fact that his own goal turned out to be the least worrisome of the Brazilian’s performance says it all.

Man United's stalemate at Southampton once again highlights the only glaring hole in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team

Manchester United’s Brazilian midfielder Fred gestures during the English FA Cup quarter-final soccer match between Leicester City and Manchester United at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England, on March 21, 2021 (Photo from OLI SCARFF / POOL / AFP via Getty Images).

The Red Devils, of course, have been acclaimed for their work on the transfer front up to this point in the summer, and with good reason.

Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, over the course of the season, will undoubtedly prove to be stellar additions to Solskjaer’s ranks.

But the fact is, the Manchester giants possess neither an elite ball winner nor ball progress to operate behind Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

And, if today’s evidence is anything to go through, then such a deficiency could be the definitive difference between United facing a sustained title challenge and simply competing for a top 4 spot.

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1 Liverpool FC 2 5 6
2 Brighton and Hove Albion 2 3 6
3 Everton FC 2 2 4
4 Brentford fc 2 2 4
5 Manchester city 2 4 3
6 United manchester 1 4 3
7 Chelsea Football Club 1 3 3
8 West Ham United 1 2 3
9 Aston Villa 2 1 3
10 Leicester City 1 1 3
eleven Tottenham Hotspur 1 1 3
12 Watford FC 2 -1 3
13 crystal Palace 2 -3 1
14 Leeds United 2 -4 1
fifteen Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 -1 0
sixteen Southampton FC 1 -2 0
17 Arsenal FC 1 -2 0
18 FC Burnley 2 -3 0
19 Newcastle united 2 -4 0
twenty Norwich city 2 -8 0
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Ings, Danny Aston Villa 2
Maupay, Neal Brighton and Hove Albion 2
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 2
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 2
Greenwood, Mason United manchester 2
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 1
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 1
Doucoure, Abdoulaye Everton FC 1
Benrahma said West Ham United 1
Richarlison Everton FC 1
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 1
Cresswell, Aaron West Ham United 1
Klich, Mateusz Leeds United 1
Duffy, Shane Brighton and Hove Albion 1
Alonso, Marcos Chelsea Football Club 1
Ayling, Luke Leeds United 1
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 1
Wilson, Callum Newcastle united 1
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