Three observations after Manchester United’s draw against Southampton

A 10-man Manchester United were kept to a scoreless draw at Old Trafford.

Manchester United were not helped by the Casemiro red card, but the result still feels like a disappointing one because a win would have come as a huge boost in the race for top four.

Manchester United were unable to return to winning ways in the Premier League on Sunday when they were held by bottom club Southampton.

It was a frustrating afternoon for Erik ten Hag but sadly the Reds failed to bounce back from last week’s 7-0 defeat against Liverpool.

Here are three observations we took from the game:

‘Man United get call the decisions’

Contrary to belief, Manchester United do not get all of the decisions. Today’s referee Anthony Taylor made a name for himself today at Old Trafford… but as a clown rather than a strong official. He gave Casemiro a straight red card even though the Brazilian won the ball first in his tackle on Carlos Alcaraz and denied a clear handball in the first half. Not to mention a series of questionable decisions for minor offences. Ultimately, Taylor had no control whatsoever over the game. Send him off into the bin.

The result is down to Taylor rather down our performance. Daylight robbery at Old Trafford.

Dug in with 10-men

Although we didn’t get the win, I think we deserved to take three points today. The lads dug in after Casemiro’s red card and created enough chances to win the match. It wasn’t to be but maybe it’s a point gained given we had all of the officials against us this evening. It was the type of game that would have suited Diogo Dalot more than Wan-Bissaka because we needed a full-back option comfortable enough to move into the centre after losing our best midfielder.

Casemiro’s red card will take all the headlines.

Alejandro Garnacho injury an extra worry

United are already without Casemiro for four games, but Garnacho took a knock shortly after coming on and had to be replaced by Fred before the full-time whistle. The young attacker has been a huge bonus in our squad this season and we could be without him for a few weeks.

Hopefully Ten Hag can deliver a positive update after the match.

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