Is not Over until its Over Michael Obafemi tells Manchester United
Nigeria and Great Britain born football star Michael Obafemi came in as a substitute and scored a late equalizer to see his team Southampton hold Manchester United to a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. The draw means Manchester United are now back to the fifth-place position.
Michael Obafemi was eligible to represent England, Nigeria, and the Republic of Ireland joined Southampton recently and he has been doing well since he came to the club. The Monday night football is one which was anticipated for following Chelsea’s 3-0 lost to Sheffield United and Manchester City’s overturned case which allows them to now participate in the Champions League.
All eyes were fixed in the game as Manchester United was seen as the favourite to win the game and finally climb the third-place position from the fifth position. United went into the game needing a win to move up to the third place and climb above Chelsea and Leicester City who both lost in the weekend.
But it was Southampton who took the lead in the 12 minutes with Stuart Armstrong goal after Paul Pogba loses the ball in United’s own half. Manchester United came back into the game in the 20th minute of the game with Anthony Martial setting Marcas Rashford on goal, the second goal came almost immediately with Anthony Martial firing the ball right into the right corner of the net.
But in the shocker came in the 96th minute of the game as Southampton’s 86 minutes substitute Micheal Obafemi turned in James Ward-Prowse’s corner to secure a point for the Saints. The result means United stay in the fifth position on 59 points and Chelsea occupy third on 60 points in the league table with three games left to play
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has, however, come out to say his players “will put it right” after they missed a chance to climb into the Premier League’s top four by conceding an injury-time equaliser. United led 2-1 for 73 minutes before substitute Michael Obafemi scored in the 96th minute, bundling in a set-piece at the back post after it had been flicked on by Jan Bednarek.
They have been criticisms against Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire who was marking his own player instead of Obafemi before the goal came. The defender is heavily criticized because he is has been making very bad mistakes that are affecting the team, he made a mistake against Tottenham which resulted to Spurs scoring the first goal.
United boss said: “The mentality has been brilliant. We have had a few setbacks this season. This is another challenge for us” “I am very confident in [the players’] mentality. I’m disappointed of course, but you have to take the disappointments as well as the positives. We have learned a hard lesson. We will put it right. I trust the boys in that respect,” he concluded.