All that early optimism at Manchester United is quickly disappearing. It feels almost like back at square one.

United let slip a lead at Southampton to draw 1-1 after Dan James’ excellent first half strike.

Jannik Vestergaard headed in an equaliser early in the second half and that was it.

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Southampton were reduced to 10 men with 15 minutes to go but United could not make the advantage count.

It looked as though we could have played on for hours and still not scored a winner.

Not good enough

After four games United have just five points. That’s two points from our last three games.

It just is not good enough and already, talk of a title challenge is over, and a top four place looks like more of an aspiration than a likelihood.

After an impressive pre-season and lively opening day win, this is a big disappointment.

United lacked quality in midfield and the final third and this lack of cutting edge is not easy to solve.

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We had 21 shots at goal in total, but only eight were on target. After Dan James’ 10th minute opener, the team had the perfect chance to kick on.

Just like against Wolves, the failure to score a second game back to bite us.

This was not the response we wanted after last week’s defeat, but perhaps it is the one we should have expected.

The international break gives us a chance to reset, ahead of a home game against Leicester on September 14.

There is plenty for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his staff to work on.

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