Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba perceived dangers shortly after the second half and gave Marcus Rashford signs to help nullify it but the forward ignored him and Southampton scored.
Man United dominated the visitors in the first half and should have headed into the break with three goals at least, but nevertheless one, thanks to Jadon Sancho’s tap-in.
United were completely focused in the first half but there were question marks over their second-half performances, whether they can maintain the same level of intensity after the interval.
Like against Burnley, Manchester United lost focus shortly after the second half whistle and conceded from what could have been avoided if The Red Devils played as a team.
United were under attack, Paul Pogba sensed the danger and waved at Marcus Rashford to close down Perraud, The Saints left-back, but the England international ignored Pogba, as he is seen in the footage below, jogging while the visitors were progressing.
Rashford’s unwillingness to follow instructions forced Paul Pogba to move out of his position and lose track of Elyounoussi, who would go on to provide the assist to Che Adams after the Frenchman had been beaten with a triangular pass movement involving three Saints’ players.
Anthony Martial was called lazy for doing this exact same thing Rashford did here. You can even see Pogba pointing at him to close the player down. It's sad Man Utd aren't playing as a team.pic.twitter.com/ZmJDPMIHvB
— UtdFaithfuls (@UtdFaithfuls) February 13, 2022
Marcus Rashford’s unwillingness to track down his player came as a shock to many Manchester United fans. Many described the forward as ‘lazy’ why others compared him to Anthony Martial, who was called by many as a lazy forward.
Southampton’s attack came barely two minutes after the second half, hence why fans described Rashford as ‘lazy’ rather tired. And Rashford’s attitude reflects exactly what Hasenhuttl said after the game.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl failed to resist the temptation to assess United’s poor showing, saying it was ‘not a big secret’ that Manchester United struggle to track runners when under attack.
‘It is not a big secret that when they lose the ball that the reverse gears are not the best from everybody,’ the Southampton head coach told reporters shortly after the final whistle.
‘Then you have the chance to create something and we did.
‘The pressing for them was good in the beginning, but they aren’t used to doing it for more than 30 or 40 minutes, we came into the game after that.’