Ralph Hasenhuttl takes huge dig at Manchester United players after draw at Old Trafford

Ralph Hasenhuttl takes huge dig at Manchester United players after draw at Old Trafford

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has criticised Manchester United players for their inability to press teams for more than an hour, something he claimed helped The Saints.

Man United failed to bounce back to winning ways against Southampton, extending their winless run to three matches in all competitions.

Jadon Sancho scored the opener in the first half, something praised as his first Old Trafford goal since his summer switch, but the fun was cut off by Che Adams shortly after the interval.

Manchester United had missed a couple of decent chances in the first half and Harry Maguire’s last-minute header, which looked destined to be the match-winning goal, was saved by Southampton’s goalie Forster. The draw eventually gives The Red Devils yet another match to forget as they currently sit outside the top-four.

The result, at least to a few, came as a surprise, given how the hosts started the game, forcing Southampton to manage less than two shots on target in the first half, thanks to their pressing, just as Ralf Rangnick would have liked.

Like against Burnley, United lost focus in the second half and conceded shortly after the break from what was described as a shambolic challenge from Harry Maguire.

Afterwards, United couldn’t maintain the same intensity as the first half, and the tie was going to settle for a draw.

Before the game, Ralf Rangnick pointed out the need to maintain their intensity and focus for the majority of a game, something United are currently struggling to cope with.

Ralph Hasenhuttl says Manchester United lack the ability to press for ver an hour after Southampton draw
Ralph Hasenhuttl says Manchester United lack the ability to press for ver an hour after Southampton draw

Hasenhuttl failed to resist the temptation to assessment 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.’

Hasenhuttl was obviously right as Ralf Rangnick has relentlessly talked about how his team fail to keep their intensity, most notably after the interval.

The draw means Manchester United are currently sitting in the 5th position with 40 points from 24 matches, same points and matched played as 4th-placed West Ham United.

United’s chances of finishing in the top-four are under threat as they are only one point ahead of Arsenal, who have two games at hand and four points ahead of 7th-placed Spurs with three matches outstanding.