Another day, another poor result for Manchester United.
While the ship was meant to be steadied by the arrival of Ralf Rangnick, their form does not look like it is picking up. The team is looking increasingly despondent as the weeks go on, something that is being mirrored in their results.
United have made a habit of taking the lead in games, only to then concede a goal and fail to win. they have scored first and not gone on to win the game in four of their last six fixtures.
Many still believe that this team is likely to finish in the top four, although a serious improvement in form will be required to do so. While the likes of Spurs, Arsenal, and West Ham each have their own issues, they are all arguably in a better position to nab a top four spot as things stand when you take into account form and the games in hand that they have.
In all, Manchester United are an absolute mess. Paul Scholes does not see any signs that their situation is improving.
Paul Scholes questions Ralf Rangnick appointment at Old Trafford
Speaking on BT Sport after the game, the 47-year old said his former club have made a mess of this season, including in the manner they replaced Ole Gunner Solskjaer.
"It's been a bad six or seven months."
"The season's not been good enough."
"One team have got a proper Coach, the other team has a Sporting Director."
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It has been a bad seven days, it's been a badf six or seven months really. The season has not been good enough.
The sack for Ole was coming, we all knew and felt that, but where was the plan? There has to be a plan, they have to be bringing an elite top coach in to revive the situation. This is Man United, they should have the best of everything.
To not have a plan and then bring in a sporting director, I think he has coached two years out of the last ten. Don't get me wrong, I like the man and think he comes across really well.
He looks like he lacks experience in coaching over the last five or six years. His team are a team of individuals. You look at the difference today between Manchester United's team and Southampton's. You say we have to give Southampton credit, Southampton were brilliant today...
You look at United and they're all over the place. You look one time and it's McTominay left on his own in midfield, then it's Pogba left on his own. Where Bruno Fernandes is playing I don't know, he's absolutely all over the pitch.
The two wide players for me just don't work anywhere near hard enough. This game isn't always about being in possession and doing the great stuff, sometimes you've got to do the stuff that is ugly, it gives you a bit of pain and you don't like doing it. This team so often just jogs back, it's so easy to play against...
One team have got a proper coach, the other team have got a sporting director. That can't be right for Manchester United.
Rangnick certainly has a big job on his hands to turn things around, with little evidence so far to suggest he has the capability to do so.
Things won't get any easier for him in the weeks ahead, with fixtures against Brighton, Leeds, Atletico Madrid (twice), Manchester City, Spurs, and Liverpool all to come before the end of March.