Manchester United’s lean spell continued with a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton in the Premier League 2021-22 on Saturday as Cristiano Ronaldo’s run without a goal extended to six games. (More Football News)
Che Adams grabbed Southampton’s equalizer in the 48th minute to cancel out the opener in the 21st by Jadon Sancho, who scored at Old Trafford for the first time since joining United in the offseason.
The latest setback for Manchester United came four days after a 1-1 draw at last-place Burnley and a week after getting eliminated from the FA Cup at the hands of second-tier Middlesbrough at home.
Manchester United moved onto the same number of points as fourth-place West Ham but remained outside the Champions League positions.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, hasn’t scored in 2022 — his last goal was against Burnley on December 30 — though he did have a goal ruled out for offside in the second half and had a shot cleared away from near the goal-line after rounding the goalkeeper early in the first half.
Southampton is proving a problem for the bigger teams in the league, with this result coming on the heels of a draw with Manchester City — ending the leaders’ 12-game winning run — and a win at Tottenham in midweek.
Sancho’s goal was a tap-in at the far post from a cross by Marcus Rashford, who had been released by a fine pass from deep by Bruno Fernandes. Inspired by Paul Pogba, United was much the better team in the first half but faded after the break — like against Middlesbrough and Burnley.
And Adams made the hosts pay by stroking in a low finish off the far post after finding himself free on the left and played onside by Luke Shaw.