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Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.

With no more Romelu Lukaku or Alexis Sanchez, United ironically lacked any real killer touch at St Mary’s. It came down to new boy Daniel James, once again, to score for Solskjaer’s men.

The 21-year-old winger took his tally up to three goals in four games with a right-footed shot in the 10th-minute.

But United failed to capitalise on their dominance, with Marcus Rashford having struggled as a lone forward. Not helping the Englishman, of course, was the lack of support he got from Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira.

So, Solskjaer could only look on in horror as Southampton gradually got back into the game after the break.

The hosts were ultimately rewarded in the 58th-minute when centre-back Jannik Vestergaard’s header drew them level with United.

While Kevin Danso got dismissed for a second yellow card for a late challenge on Scott McTominay, Southampton survived an all-out assault by United in the closing stages to escape with a draw.

The Saints had keeper Angus Gunn to thank for after saving from Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

For Solskjaer, however, it was just another afternoon gone to waste for United in a similar manner to last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

“We should have won today,” the Red Devils boss told BBC.

“We had the game where we wanted it, we were careless in our finishing and our last pass.

“We built pressure, we got around them, created good openings but the clinical edge wasn’t there. We should have won, again.”

Despite his frustration with the team, Solskjaer did spare a moment to praise James following another impressive outing.

The Wales international has scored three of United’s seven Premier League goals this season alone.

Solskjaer added: “Daniel James is fantastic, he has a great attitude, he wants to learn, he is hungry.

“He is at the start of his career but with his habits, he will have a good one. We want to help him become the finished article.”

It’s now back to the drawing board for Solskjaer as he tries to work out what’s gone wrong at United during the international break.

The 20-time English champions have only won once in their opening four Premier League games to record five points.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Daniel James of Manchester United celebrates with team mates after scoring his teams first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Manchester United at St Mary’s Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)