Man Utd 1 Southampton 1: United let ANOTHER lead slip as they lose ground in top-four race as Ronaldo goal disallowed

Man Utd 1 Southampton 1: United let ANOTHER lead slip as they lose ground in top-four race as Ronaldo goal disallowed

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,12TH FEB,2022-HARRY MAGUIRE lost the plot and United were lucky not to lose the lot, as they managed to turn three points into one yet again.

A goal ahead, thanks to Jadon Sancho’s close-range clip, once more they made it a game of two halves, and Che Adams 48th-minute equaliser was the least Southampton deserved.

Manchester United's top-four hopes took another hit as Cristiano Ronaldo's goal drought continued

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Manchester United’s top-four hopes took another hit as Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal drought continuedCredit: Getty
Che Adams rescued a point for the Saints with his cool finish

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Che Adams rescued a point for the Saints with his cool finishCredit: AFP

It could – possibly should – have been more, too, as Maguire escaped unpunished when he stumbled and trod on Armando Broja’s calf in the dying minutes.

There was no doubting his guilt, as he clearly plonked a boot down on the striker’s leg, but ref Stuart Attwell ruled the ball was already out before he did so.

Yet it was another embarrassing moment for the United skipper, who looks more like a Sunday league pub defender than England international by the week.

And another cock-up by Ralf Rangnick’s men, who will be lucky to finish in the Europa League slots, never mind top four, the way they’re going.

Yet it had all started so well, and they really should have been ahead inside six minutes, when Sancho sent Cristiano Ronaldo clear and he rounded keeper Fraser Forster.

But he was way too cautious in trying to roll it into an empty net and although Romain Perraud did well to get back and clear, it was hardly last ditch.

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