Sunday, May 15

Obafemi Stuns Old Trafford With Last-Gasp Equaliser As Red Devils Blow Chance To Go Third

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Frankie Omokhua

Michael Obafemi celebrates his late equaliser

Nigerian-born international, Michael Obafemi, shocked hosts, Manchester United with a last minute equaliser to put dent in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Champions League hopes after Anthony Martial’s brilliant solo effort looked to have sealed vital three points in race for the top-four

The two United goals came within three minutes of each other in the first-half, but, Saints sub, Michael Obafemi, snatched a point with a close-range finish.

This was a good game partly because Southampton were brave enough to make it one.

They earned their point with almost the last touch of the night but had very much deserved it throughout.

Too much of the football we have seen
as part of Project Restart has been slow and lacking in competitiveness but this was the opposite.

Southampton were energetic and ambitious and worried Manchester United all night. United, meanwhile, are a team running hot on confidence thanks to their devastating and newly acquired ability to ravish teams on the counter attack.

So, we got a night of cut and thrust, a game that hung in the balance until the end.

With the score at 2-1 at half-time, it was possible to see United scoring next and galloping in to the top four on the back of a glut of goals. Equally, Southampton looked capable of getting back in to things.

In the end, the latter came to pass.

We had to wait until the 95th minute for substitute, Michael Obafemi, to nudge the equaliser over the line from a corner headed on by Jan Bednarek, but, in a way that fitted the theme of the night.

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