Obafemi robs United of third place
Manchester United Rashford 20, Martial 23 Southampton they had finally crossed that particular psychological hurdle.
They had come from behind to lead, third place was in sight and Chelsea and Leicester City were about to pay for their weekend defeats, in part thanks to a stupendous save late on by David De Gea to deny Nathan Redmond on the keeper’s 400th appearance for United.
But Southampton had other ideas and, for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, their equaliser must have had more than a passing resemblance to a rather famous goal he scored at the Nou Camp 21 years earlier.
In this case, James Ward-Prowse played the role of David Beckham, whipping in a dangerous corner, Jan Bednarek flicked it on, Teddy Sheringham-style, and there was substitute Michael Obafemi to stab home on the goal line ahead of Victor Lindelof, as Solskjaer had done against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
United were down to 10 men at the time. Brandon Williams had gone off earlier having sustained a bang to the head following a collision with Kyle Walker-Peters shortly after coming on and Solskjaer, having already used his three windows to make substitutions, could not throw on a replacement.
But it was not an excuse. United had created enough opportunities to kill the game off before Obafemi struck, and having done so well to hit back quickly after trailing to Stuart Armstrong’s early goal, courtesy of strikes from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, this was acutely frustrating for Solskjaer.
It was not a calamitous goal for United. They remain fifth, on goal difference behind Leicester, but with Brendan Rodgers’s side their opponents on the final day, they know victory in their remaining three games will guarantee a top
Taking the Mick: Michael Obafemi celebrates scoring Southampton’s added-time equaliser at Old Trafford after coming off the bench to earn his side a point