In the latest Premier League match, Manchester United failed to secure a win for the second time in a row. Despite having the home advantage at Old Trafford, the 10-man Red Devils were unable to score against relegation candidate Southampton, who have drawn three out of four of their matches against United at the same venue in recent seasons.
Erik ten Hag’s team, still reeling from their loss to Liverpool, struggled during the first half, especially after Casemiro was initially shown a yellow card but was later sent off for a reckless challenge on Carlos Alcaraz. The Brazilian midfielder, who had never received a straight red card in his 13-year career, was banned for the second time in three Premier League games after leading with his studs.
Before the dismissal, David de Gea had already made an important save from Theo Walcott’s attempt, but United’s offense was also struggling. They had a possible penalty shout waved away when Armel Bella-Kotchap appeared to handle the ball inside the box. Despite being a man down, United survived the first half thanks to crucial interventions from Wan-Bissaka and the woodwork. The defender cleared a deflected Kyle Walker-Peters cross off the goalline, while the latter struck the post with a long-range effort.
United’s push for a win became increasingly desperate in the second half, with Marcus Rashford even going down with minimal contact from Southampton goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu. However, referee Anthony Taylor dismissed their penalty appeals. In the end, neither side could break the deadlock, with both registering close to 30 attempts on goal. Southampton manager Rubén Sellés, who has yet to lose in charge of the club, was pleased with a potentially crucial point in their fight against relegation.