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Manchester United: Rashford drops a disasterclass against Southampton

Manchester United dropped two points against Southampton at Old Trafford, a third draw for Ralf Rangnick’s side in their last five games, leaving them outside the top four in the Premier League.

The Red Devils took the lead when Jadon Sancho scored in the 21st minute, but it wasn’t enough to hold on for victory as Che Adams who found the back of the net in the early second half exchanges.

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In the second half, United struggled to hold off Southampton, with Armando Broja and Adam Armstrong battering David de Gea with chances in an attempt to take all three points from their lacklustre opponents. The match ended with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side now only shipping one defeat in their last ten games.

The home side squandered yet another lead this season, lost possession 137 times and had fewer shots than Southampton according to SofaScore, which ultimately cost them their opportunity to take all three points from the game.

Clearly, there were a number of issues on the pitch when you look at the aforementioned statistics, and one player who failed to make much of an impact was Marcus Rashford.

Despite delivering an assist for Sancho’s goal, the 24-year-old made little impact on the game and failed to offer enough in his position to secure victory for his team.

According to SofaScore, he gave away possession 21 times (once every two touches), lost seven of his 11 duels – allowing Southampton to have more of the ball – and failed with 60% of his dribbles. Rangnick finally took Rashford off the pitch in the 82nd minute, ending his disasterclass as he made way for Jesse Lingard to see out the game.

The £180k-p/w star has been under scrutiny this season over his lack of end product and link-up play with his attacking team-mates, with just five goals and one assist in 19 appearances in all competitions in the current campaign. He was also criticised by former United assistant coach Steve McClaren, who claimed that the 24-year-old “gets deterred too easily and doesn’t fight through bad moments”.

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Rangnick will be feeling the pressure as top-four rivals Arsenal, West Ham and Tottenham all play tomorrow, and United could find themselves pushed further away from Champions League qualification if they all secure victory this weekend. In that context, Rashford’s insipid performance today could prove rather costly.

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