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Manchester United dropped more Premier League points on Saturday afternoon with Southampton holding them to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. The Red Devils went into the game hoping to bounce back after failing to beat Burnley in midweek. Yet despite creating chances, it was another disappointing day for Ralf Rangnick’s side.

United have been playing well of late, with Rangnick bringing some much-needed order to the club.

Yet the Red Devils are still struggling when it comes to results.

United took the lead against Southampton on Saturday through the magnificent Jadon Sancho, with the England international finishing from close range after good work from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford in the build-up.

However, the Saints earned a draw through Che Adams with the Scotland international’s pinpoint finishing sailing past David De Gea.

United now need a small miracle if they’re to secure Champions League football for next season.

So Express Sport will now take a look at four things we learned from the showdown at Old Trafford.

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Sancho may be a reverse Di Maria

United have tried many wingers during the years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

But Sancho coming good suggests he may be the reverse version of Angel Di Maria, who lasted just a year at the club.

Di Maria started brightly, with a chip against Leicester particularly memorable.

However, he then faded into obscurity before being sold – eventually leaving for Paris Saint-Germain after falling behind Ashley Young in the pecking order.

Sancho, though, seems to be the opposite.

After a poor start he’s now coming good. And that’s one positive United can take on a day where they dropped yet more vital points.

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Maguire struggles again

Harry Maguire is a competent defender.

But with each passing game comes a sense that Leicester swindled the Red Devils when they got £80million for the England international.

When Southampton were on the attack, their pace frontline was able to exploit Maguire’s back of speed.

He didn’t do enough for Adams’ goal, running in the opposite direction to the Scot instead of trying to close the gap.

When Victor Lindelof is fully fit again after recovering from illness, it’ll be interesting to see whether he’ll take Maguire’s spot in the team.

Ronaldo’s anger is boiling over

Ronaldo isn’t happy at United.

He didn’t sign to be competing for a place in the top four, instead hoping to win the Premier League title when he touched down from Juventus.

And Ronaldo cut an increasingly surly figure as the contest went on.

When Rashford fired in a weak cross, he threw his hands up in the air. It was a similar story in the first half when Sancho went alone instead of squaring it to the 37-year-old.

Ronaldo has spent so long at the top but, now, there’s a genuine feeling he’s starting to wane.

De Gea a hero again

United have, obviously, endured a difficult season so far.

Yet David De Gea has been a shining light and the Spain international put in yet another solid showing between the sticks.

De Gea made good stops from Adams and Stuart Armstrong to keep the visitors at bay, with the 31-year-old now undoubtedly back to his best.

There’s been talk of United potentially offering the stalwart a new deal.

And that would be a wise idea because, at the current moment in time, there’s nobody better to be the club’s No 1.





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