- Manchester United conceded an equaliser in stoppage time from Michael Obafemi earning Southampton a 2-2 draw in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Monday.
The Red Devils are now fifth in the table. United’s hopes to move up to third had been ignited after Anthony Martial’s 23rd-minute strike had put them 2-1 ahead.
This came just a day after Manchester City’s two-year ban from European football was overturned on appeal, meaning the top four will qualify for the Champions League, as usual, United stay in fifth place on 59 points.
United are right behind the fourth-placed Leicester City on goal difference with Chelsea third on 60 points. City and title winners Liverpool have already secured Champions League places for next season.
Southampton attained a surprising lead in the 12th minute when Danny Ings was robbed by Paul Pogba just outside the area and Nathan Redmond’s cross found Stuart Armstrong at the back post where the Scottish midfielder slotted home.
Rashford was aware of just how important a return to the Champions League was for United. The forward had the ball in the net, he took advantage of Luke Shaw’s cross. Unfortunately, it was ruled out for offside although the United striker did not have to wait long to level.
A corner deep into injury time after the incident between Williams and Walker-Peters was converted by Michael Obafemi to give Southampton a point.
United had 10 men left by the end of the match after Brandon Williams went off injured, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having no substitute opportunities. Lack was not on their side as they failed to hold on to the three points when Obafemi turned in a corner at the back post.
The red devils are level on points with Leicester and one behind Chelsea with just three games left to play.