Closing matchday 35 of the Premier League, Manchester United welcomed Southampton this Monday. At the Old Trafford, the visitors were able to get a late equalizer, and both teams shared points after a 2-2 draw. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored for the hosts. Stuart Armstrong and Michael Obafemi scored the goals of the visitors.
The first half started with both teams creating opportunities already. In the early minutes, the Red Devils had a good chance in which Martial got face-to-face with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who made a great save. Then, it was the Saints’ turn to go to the attack. And they managed to break the deadlock.
At the 12th minute, Paul Pogba lost the ball near the box and it ended with Armstrong, who sent a strong shot to open the scoring for the visitors.
With the pressure of an early goal, United threw themselves at their opponents and didn’t take long to find the equalizer. At the 20th minute, Martial received inside the box and sent the ball to Rashford, on the left, and the number 10 hit into the far post.
Two minutes later, the hosts scored the second goal. After an excellent counter-attack, Martial received on the left and went forward, entering the box and sending a strong shot into the top-left corner. With that, the home team went to the locker room ahead in the scoring.
Southampton were the brighter side during the beginning of the second half. They arrived more than once, threatening David De Gea’s goal but not really obligating the keeper to make any saves. On the other hand, as time passed by, the Red Devils started trying to score the third goal, only stopping in the visitors’ defense.
Even with 6 minutes of injury time, it seemed that the result wouldn’t change. However, at the last minute, Obafemi appeared basically under the post after a corner to put the ball into the back of the net and equalize things for the Saints.
With the 2-2 draw, Manchester United continues to fight for a place in next season’s Champions League, being now in 5th place, with the same 59 points as Leicester. Meanwhile, Southampton reached 45 points, in 12th place.