Erik ten Hag had a difficult afternoon as he saw his Manchester United team stutter to a scoreless draw against Southampton at home.
Even though United won the Europa League easily last week, they were unable to recover from their league-level 7-0 thrashing at Liverpool. Before and after Casemiro received a straight red card, the Red Devils had to fend off numerous dangerous attacks from the visitors. The Red Devils rarely threatened the Southampton goal.
1. Failing to control Casemiro
After receiving a red card in the league for the second time this year, Casemiro will miss four games.
Since being fired before, Ten Hag has had to rein in the Brazilian's aggression; he was only allowed to play again last weekend.
Casemiro was given a straight red card for his careless, excessive challenge on Carlos Alcaraz after a VAR review. Ten Hag was compelled to rearrange his team after his departure in order to replace the midfielder who was lost.
2. Attacking line-up
Ten Hag's choice to start an attacking lineup didn't work out because United didn't seem to pose a danger to the Premier League's worst team.
From the beginning, Wout Weghorst, Marcus Rashford, Antony, Jadon Sancho, and Bruno Fernandes were all added. Nonetheless, despite the possibilities at their disposal, United struggled to produce opportunities and did nothing to threaten Gavin Bazunu's goal.
Their problems were made worse by Casemiro's dismissal, which resulted in Weghorst giving way to Scott McTominay and Sancho assuming an awkward false nine position before switching with Rashford.
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