Manchester United 'didn't deserve' three points in Southampton draw - Solskjaer

Southampton's Obafemi late equalizer against Manchester United
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Ernest Sunday

Manchester United manager Ole Gunner Solsjkaer said his team did not deserve all three points on Monday night at Old Trafford after Obefemi late equalizer saw Southampton gain a point in a 2-2 draw.

Manchester United team started the Monday night game in a very slow pattern with Southampton chasing them all around the pitch. The saint took the lead from Stuart Armstrong's goal as he grabbed the ball from Paul Pogba's mistake to put it at the back of the net in the 12 minutes of the game.

The home team bounced back, actively making it 2-1 in the 20 minutes and 23rd minutes with goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. The game continued 2-1 till 96th minutes when Southampton's Obafemi Michael converted a dangerous corner from Ward-Prouse into the net.

The goal saw Manchester United sit on the fifth position instead of the third position as they hoped on Monday night. The draw makes the Champions League Spot more challenging as United will be tasked with winning all its three matches to seal a spot in the Champions League competition.

After the match, United manager Solsjkaer said the team was not at their best.

"You think you have three points in the bag, but we probably didn't deserve three points today," Solskjaer said.

"Southampton is a good team; they run and run and chase. We never got into our rhythm today. We played some fantastic football at times. The two goals we scored were very, very good.

"It was the worst time to concede a goal, but it happens in football. We have won so many games in that way. It is all part of the learning for this team."

Solsjkaer insisted that it was not fatigue that made his side held up in a draw as the team had no excuse to draw the game.

"I don't think tiredness was the case. It was just one of those days we did not take our chances, and they took theirs," Solskjaer said.

"David De Gea had one good save, but apart from that, we had the bigger chances, but you are not going to be given three points, and Southampton are a very good side."

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuettl was delighted with his team development over the past weeks and praised their confidence.

"We developed our game with the ball extremely [well] in the last few weeks. We are becoming more brave. We are taking more risks. If you take more risks, things can happen," Hasenhuettl said.

"We wanted to be brave, we have nothing to lose, and we can play free. You can feel the guys really enjoy [it] at the moment."

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