Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has explained why he was pleased with his side’s performance against Southampton despite the game ending in a draw.
Man United opened the scoring halfway through the first half after Jadon Sancho scored from a close range, thanks to a beautiful counter-attack that began from a Bruno Fernandes long pass.
The goal came after United had missed two big chances, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Sancho failing to score from goalscoring positions.
Early in the second half, The Saints pulled level through a decent finish from Che Adams, a transition Manchester United could have easily prevented.
Rangnick was pleased with United’s performance after they limited Southampton to very few chances, though he admitted the tie could have gone either way.
“It was a very good first half-hour,” Rangnick told BBC. “I was pleased with our performance. We didn’t allow them too many chances, but they had transitional moments in the first half and then scored an early goal in the second.
“Then it was an open game; each team had chances. We had the clearer chances to win, but right now we are struggling to keep our composure and the structure for more than the first half.”
Southampton headed into the game with a brilliant comeback 3-2 win over Tottenham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the midweek.
Rangnick suggested Manchester United would be happy to get a point off Southampton, given the morale The Saints headed into Old Trafford with and United’s recent poor finishing.
“We got a point today; we expected three and needed three, but that is the situation. That is why there was a change of manager and why we are here.”
Manchester United are currently occupying the 5th position with 40 points from 24 Premier League matches, the same points and matched played as 4th-placed West Ham United.