4 Things We Learned From Manchester United's Disappointing 0-0 Draw With Southampton

Manchester United's chances of winning the Premier League were dealt yet another blow as they drew at home to struggling Southampton on Saturday evening. 


The draw means that United currently sit third in the league, 15 points behind leaders Manchester City, who themselves have a game in hand over their rivals.


As for the Saints, they held on for a point against the Red Devils, and stopped what was somewhat of a rot. After being thrashed 5-0 last week by Tottenham Hotspur, the Saints responded brilliantly and showed resilience. 


Here are four things that we learned from the game...

4. Henrikh Mkhitaryan's Days at Old Trafford Seem to Be Numbered

Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan was given his first start in the Premier League since the 5th of November against Southampton.


The former Borussia Dortmund star was deployed on the left wing. Mkhitaryan failed to make any impact in the game, and fans grew frustrated at the lack of quality in the attacker's crosses.


The Armenian was replaced by Anthony Martial in the 65th minute against the Saints.


This game seemed to be Mkhitaryan's last chance to impress boss Jose Mourinho, and after his display the Armenian could well have just played his final game for United at Old Trafford.

3. The Red Devils Need to Buy an Attacker in January

An early injury to Romelu Lukaku meant that Marcus Rashford had to play up front for the majority of the game against the Saints, and the Englishman failed to make any real impact.


Throughout the game, United struggled to create chances and the link from midfield to the front line was non-existent at times. The introduction of Anthony Martial gave United some speed on the wing, but he could not help his side to victory.


Despite the good form of Jesse Lingard, United do need another attacker. Someone like Lingard who can dribble, create and score. Players like Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are good playmakers, however they lack pace and therefore they are easier to play against.


Pace has been key to the Red Devils success in the past, and if they are to challenge Manchester City for the title this season, they will need to recruit a top quality attacker in January. 

2. Sofiane Boufal Can Be a Real Asset for the Saints Going Forward

Sofiane Boufal was one of Southampton's best players against Manchester United on Saturday. The winger was a constant threat and showed glimpses of unbelievable skill. 


The Moroccan possesses great dribbling ability, and at times glides past players like they aren't there. However, the ex-Lille man is very inconsistent. At times he can frustrate by failing with a piece of skill or producing a poor pass.


If manager Mauricio Pellegrino can get the best out of Boufal and bring some consistency into his game then Southampton would have a real asset in their team. 

1. Paul Pogba Needs to Be More Consistent

Paul Pogba was given the captain's armband against Southampton, and in the early minutes the Frenchman controlled the tempo of the game. 


However, as the game progressed, the French international became frustrated and began to drop deeper and deeper in search of the ball. This tactic played into the hands of the Saints, and Pogba lost his control in the game. 


The problem with Pogba is that he is inconsistent. He is still a young man, but sooner rather than later he will need to step up and show that he can control a game not just for 15 minutes, but for the full 90 minutes.

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