Paul Scholes Names One Manchester United Player Responsible For Dropped Points
Manchester United drew 2-2 with Southampton on Monday night, putting their place in next season's Champions League in question once again, and Paul Scholes laid the blame at the feet of Victor Lindelof.
The form United had shown since the return of football added with recent losses for rivals Chelsea and Leicester City put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team in the driving seat to finish in the top four.
However on Monday they dropped points for just the second time since the Premier League restarted as Michael Obafemi scored in injury time to deny United third place with just three games left.
Speaking after the match, United legend Scholes blamed defender Lindelof for his part in the equaliser. "Lindelof I think has to be a stronger there," the former midfielder told Premier League Productions.
"He has to be goal side. He allows himself to get a little bit bullied by the centre forward as he manages gets a foot in.
"I don't think Lindelof really reads the danger there as he should do as a centre half."
United were looking for their fifth league win in-a-row and it would have taken them above both Chelsea and Leicester and into third for the first time this season.
After a tough opening for the hosts, Stuart Armstrong deservedly put the Saints 1-0 up on 12 minutes before Solskjaer's side finally found their rhythm.
Anthony Martial set up Marcus Rashford for the first and then the Frenchman did most of the tough work for a magnificent second as the Champions League chasers scored twice in three minutes to lead in the 23rd minute.
Ralph Hassenhutl's side were never out of the game and as time ticked on in the second half they began to dominate.
Solskjaer, who's side has been the same for the previous five games, had to withdraw Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes as both midfielder's games were slightly off.
Luke Shaw picked up an injury and was replaced by Brandon Williams but the young full-back had to come off after a clash of heads and United had to play out the final few minutes with 10 men, having already used three substitution windows,
Obafemi's deserved equaliser then came in the additional added on time from Williams' injury and, to rub salt in the wound for Solskjaer's side, the striker had come on for Oriol Romeu who was lucky not to be sent off in the first half.
Of course United have had their own share of good luck with referee decisions in recent times so couldn't complain too much.
The draw means the race for the top four is still wide open. Chelsea still have to face Liverpool and Wolves before the end of the season whilst Leicester and United play each other on the final day.
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