Sunday’s Premier League match between bottom-placed Southampton and Manchester United ended in a 0-0 draw, with midfielder Casemiro receiving a red card.
The visitors gained confidence when Casemiro was sent off in the 34th minute for a risky high kick on Carlos Alcaraz, which led to an exciting match with several scoring opportunities for both teams.
Although prolific attacker Marcus Rashford had a shot well saved in a one-on-one situation with Southampton goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu in the first half, United captain Bruno Fernandes came the closest for the home team in the second half with a low effort off the post.
David De Gea made two outstanding saves on Theo Walcott’s point-blank header and curling drive, while Kyle Walker-Peters struck the post and James Ward-Prowse had a number of free kicks go close for Southampton.
The outcome was not what United boss Erik ten Hag intended following last week’s 7-0 league loss to Liverpool and was a letdown after the electrifying 4-1 Europa League victory against Real Betis in the middle of the week.
With one point apiece, Manchester United moved up to third place in the standings with 50 points, 16 behind league-leading Arsenal, while Southampton remained in last place with 22, two points shy of safety in the intense battle to avoid dropping to the Championship.
The rejection of many penalty requests by referee Anthony Taylor infuriated the home crowd at Old Trafford.
Their annoyance was heightened by the referee’s decision to change Casemiro’s yellow card to a red one after a video review.