Cristiano Ronaldo goal drought continues in draw vs. Saints


In a match it was expected to win, Manchester United was thwarted again, settling for another 1-1 draw that merely serves to pull it level with West Ham for fourth place in the English Premier League, which will come with a berth in the UEFA Champions League at season’s end.

It was a familiar story for Man United: After a strong start during which it took the lead through Jadon Sancho’s first Premier League goal at Old Trafford, the Red Devils allowed their opponent back into the match.

An expert finish by Southampton forward Che Adams a few minutes after the halftime break brought Saints level and it was a deserved equalizer for the visitors, who created several looks at goal throughout the match.

Hard-working Southampton (10th, 29 points) is on a fine run of form with the draw at Old Trafford following a win at Tottenham Hotspur and a home draw against Man City. The Saints have only experienced one loss in their last 10 league matches and are among the top 10 teams in the Premier League with a match against Everton coming up on Saturday, Feb. 19.

Manchester United (5th, 40 points) will look to take out the frustrations of two consecutive 1-1 draws against last-place Burnley and Southampton when Ralf Rangnick’s men host Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Cristiano Ronaldo hopes that’s the match he breaks a six-game scoring drought.

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There is sure to be plenty more analysis among the Man United ranks, but this statement by Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl will likely becoming a talking point:

Manchester United vs. Southampton final score

  1H 2H Final
Man United 1 0 1
Southampton 0 1 1

MUN — Jadon Sancho (Rashford, Fernandes) — 22nd min.
SOU — Che Adams (Elyounoussi) — 48th min.

(All times Eastern)

Final: Manchester United 1, Southampton 1

92nd min.: What a save by Southampton ‘keeper Fraser Forster, scooping a Harry Maguire set-piece header off the line. That save could mean the draw for Southampton.

90th min.: Five minutes of stoppage time.

89th min.: It’s a nervy and contentious ending to this one. Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard both go in the books. In between those cautions Armando Broja nearly created a chance singlehandedly, but Harry Maguire made a last-ditch recovery in the box.

82nd min.: SUB — Manchester United brings on Jesse Lingard for Marcus Rashford. Elanga joins Ronaldo high, while Lingard is lining up wide.

75th min.: SUB — Anthony Elanga on for Scott McTominay. Man United is going for it. Central midfield will now be made up of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes. Marcus Rashford joins Cristiano Ronaldo at center forward.

72nd min.: Another Man United goal scratched for offside. The replays indicate its pretty clear that Ronaldo was offside on the Jadon Sancho flick header.

71st min.: SUB — Tino Livramento comes in for Mohamed Elyounoussi, who was operating from a more central position in the second half. Livramento will play right back while Walker-Peters moves up to right wing.

69th min.: Southampton with two consecutive dangerous looks. First it was Stuart Armstrong who fired high, and that was followed by Armando Broja who couldn’t chip an onrushing David De Gea.

61st min.: Man United has responded. Cristiano Ronaldo and Diogo Dalot fire back-to-back shots on goal, but Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster stops both.

57th min.: Chance for United. On a set piece delivered into the box, Harry Maguire gets a shot off and Southampton ‘keeper Fraser Forster kicks it away on the line.

54th min.: Man United is being tested now. De Gea has to push away an Armando Broja blast, resulting in back-to-back Southampton corners. Man United survives unscathed.

48th min.: Here we go again! Goal Southampton. Mohamed Elyounoussi fed Che Adams on the edge of the offside trap and he slots it past goalkeeper David De Gea off the far right post. It’s 1-1. 

46th min.: Second half is underway. Southampton subbed out Jan Bednarek (thigh) at right center back and replaces him with Jack Stephens.

Halftime: Manchester United 1, Southampton 0

Halftime: It’s been a typical Manchester United performance thus far with a positive start and a first goal, but Southampton came on strong as the half progressed. The Red Devils clearly need more goals to avoid drama in the second half. We’ll see if Man United have the fortitude to hold strong. In recent matches Ralf Rangnick’s men haven’t proven they respond well to adversity.

46th min.: A wide-open Paul Pogba slots it home on a feed from Cristiano Ronaldo, but Ronaldo was clearly offside at the start of the play and the flag eventually comes up. Goal disallowed.

41st min.: It’s been all Southampton of late. Minutes after a Kyle Walker-Peters ball crossed the face of the goal, Stuart Armstrong gets a shot in the Man United box off a throw-in, but he can’t make good contact and Man United ‘keeper David De Gea holds on.

35th min.: Stuart Armstrong with a blast that finishes wide for Southampton. It comes after a Saints move which involved teammate and central midfielder Oriol Romeu, who is now pushing higher up the field instead of dropping back between the center backs.

32nd min.: YELLOW card for Scott McTominay after a foul on Mohamed Elyounoussi, who needs treatment. Elyounoussi wide left looks to be the most dangerous of the Southampton players so far. Armando Broja and Che Adams are starving for some service.

28th min.: Sancho and Rashford have now switched flanks for Man United. That was Sancho’s second league goal after scoring at Chelsea back on Nov. 28. When Southampton gives the ball away, Man United — especially Sancho and Rashford — is always ready to spring the breakaway.

22nd min.: GOAL Man United. Another sensational Man United counter. A beautiful Bruno Fernandes ball down the right launches Marcus Rashford, who continued his run into the box and fed Sancho at the far post for the easy finish. There are more goals in this one.

16th min.: YELLOW card for Marcus Rashford for a hard, sliding tackle on Romain Perraud. The two are battling down the flank (Rashford is the right winger so far vs. Southampton’s left back).

10th min.: After a chance for Southampton (Che Adams couldn’t get his header around the ball), Man United goes on the counter but Jadon Sancho doesn’t feed Ronaldo and the Portuguese star did not appreciate it as the chance is wasted. Energetic start by both sides at Old Trafford.

7th min.: Ronaldo chance! Sancho sends him through and Ronaldo beat the ‘keeper, but he was casual with his shot on goal and Southampton’s Romain Perraud and Mohammed Salisu clear off the line. The Ronaldo goal drought continues.

1st min.: We’re off at Old Trafford and it’s Southampton kicking off the match.

6:44 a.m.: Here’s the reason for Edinson Cavani’s absence with Cristiano Ronaldo taking his place in the starting lineup:

Manchester United vs. Southampton lineups

Ralf Rangnick makes one change in the starting lineup that faced Burnley with Cristiano Ronaldo getting the start over Edinson Cavani (groin) at center forward. Fred is unavailable after a positive COVID test, and Eric Bailly (ankle) and Nemanja Matic (shin) are out injured. Alex Telles is still not ready to start after a bout with COVID-19, but he is available off the bench.

Manchester United starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 1-David De Gea (GK) — 23-Luke Shaw, 5-Harry Maguire (captain), 19-Raphael Varane, 20-Diogo Dalot — 39-Scott McTominay, 6-Paul Pogba — 25-Jadon Sancho, 18-Bruno Fernandes, 10-Marcus Rashford — 7-Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United subs (9): 26-Dean Henderson (GK), 2-Victor Lindelof, 27-Alex Telles, 29-Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 4-Phil Jones, 14-Jesse Lingard, 46-Hannibal Mejbri, 8-Juan Mata, 36-Anthony Elanga

No starting lineup tweaks are necessary for Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, who brings back the same XI that helped it to a 3-2 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. Tino Livramento is available on the bench after a recent knee issue. The right back has not featured in the last six matches.

Southampton starting lineup (4-4-2, left to right): 44-Fraser Forster (GK) — 15-Romain Perraud, 22-Mohammed Salisu, 35-Jan Bednarek, 2-Kyle Walker-Peters — 24-Mohamed Elyounoussi, 6-Oriol Romeu, 8-James Ward-Prowse (captain), 17-Stuart Armstrong — 10-Che Adams, 18-Armando Broja

Southampton subs (9): 13-Willy Caballero (GK), 21-Tino Livramento, 43-Yan Valery, 5-Jack Stephens, 19-Moussa Djenepo, 20-Will Smallbone, 27-Ibrahima Diallo, 7-Shane Long, 9-Adam Armstrong

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How to watch Manchester United vs. Southampton

  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 12
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. ET
  • USA & Canada TV channel: None
  • USA streaming: Peacock
  • Canada streaming: DAZN

Saturday morning’s match is exclusively available on NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock, in the United States.

The Premier League in Canada is available exclusively live and on demand via DAZN.

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Manchester United vs. Southampton betting odds

Odds courtesy of DraftKings

  • Moneyline: Man United -180/Draw +330/Southampton +500
  • Spread: Man United -0.5 (-175)/Southampton +0.5 (+155)
  • O/U 2.5 total goals: Over -180/Under +145
  • Both teams to score: Yes -160/No +125

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