The mentality that not all scoreless draws are created equal was on full show at Old Trafford as Manchester United and Southampton split the spoils following a score of 0-0 that doesn’t even quite capture the constant end-to-end action.
The most talked-about incident was Casemiro’s straight red card in minute 33, which after a VAR review left United with 10 men. Though Anthony Taylor first only saw yellow for the studs-up tackle by the Brazilian that went over the ball and onto Carlos Alcaraz’s shins, he changed his mind after consulting the monitor.
The game was exciting both before and after the punishment, and United remained upbeat despite losing a man. However, neither team was able to score first as Gavin Bazunu made numerous excellent saves and Theo Walcott was repeatedly denied in front of goal.
Also, both teams had multiple attempts at the post. Bruno Fernandes’ second-half effort was agonisingly saved off the inside of the post, and James Ward-free-kick Prowse’s almost missed the crossbar as he attempted to tie David Beckham’s record for set-piece goals.
One unfortunate incident involved Alejandro Garnacho limping off late after a Kyle Walker-Peters tackle. He walked straight down the tunnel, leaving Old Trafford later on crutches and donning a boot for protection.
United currently behind leaders Arsenal by 16 points and appear to be out of the Premier League title chase entirely. Instead, they will be staring behind them, where their attention is now directed at fending off Tottenham and Liverpool. Meanwhile, Southampton has 22 points and is two points away from safety at the bottom of the table.
Manchester United vs Southampton final score