Manchester United failed to build on their emphatic opening day victory over the weekend after Southampton held them to a draw on the south coast.
The Red Devils entered Sunday’s encounter as big favourites following their 5-1 demolition of Leeds last time out, but a much-improved performance from Ralph Hassenhuttl’s charges upset the odds.
A quick start from United soon faded, and the Saints began to pile to pressure on their visitors, resulting in a deflected Che Adams strike spinning off Fred’s outstretched leg into the corner of David de Gea’s net on the half-hour mark.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side came out after the half-time break with more purpose, and it only took 19-year-old Mason Greenwood 10 minutes to level the score.
However, United’s frustrating display continued, with every fluid, exciting, attacking move seemingly being undermined by a mistake in the centre of the pitch or in defence.
One player epitomised their infuriating performance more than most, though. Anthony Martial was given a chance to impress in the central striking role due to Edinson Cavani’s enforced absence, but the Frenchman failed to deliver.
Martial struggled to get into the game at St. Mary’s, touching the ball just 13 times in total, 10 fewer than goalkeeper De Gea. The former Monaco ace also managed only one shot before being substituted, failing to hit the target all afternoon.
After winning just 40% of his duels, losing possession five times and being caught offside twice, Martial made way for summer-signing Jadon Sancho just before the hour mark, and he may find himself on the bench once again next week.
The enigmatic forward was linked with an Old Trafford exit in previous weeks, something Solskjaer said wouldn’t happen, but the Norwegian manager may be left regretting backing the 25-year-old so vehemently after his latest shocking display.