Manchester United have been roasted for an embarrassing attempt to beat an offside trap during their dismal draw with Southampton on Saturday.
Jadon Sancho had put them ahead 20 minutes in when he tapped in from Marcus Rashford’s squared pass from close-range at the far post.
But United once again proceeded to throw away a win for the second successive game, with Che Adams racing clear before curling the ball round David de Gea for an equaliser.
The Red Devils were unable to find a second goal, leaving Ralf Rangnick with a mountain to climb if he is to guide them to a top four place in the Premier League table.
The problems facing Rangnick are many and also appear to extend to how well his players understand the offside rule.
As the hosts were chasing a winner in the second-half, Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had scored it when he headed in a free-kick.
But Ronaldo’s header was quickly ruled out for offside by the linesman and the side-on replay showed the embarrassing attempt from United to beat Southampton’s trap.
Ronaldo, Rashford, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba had all moved beyond Southampton’s line and into an offside position.
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It was a laughable attempt to beat the offside trap, but that did not stop United’s players from remonstrating with referee Stuart Atwell.
But it was United’s players who were facing the heat themselves when a picture of the side-on replay went viral.
“How does this happen? It makes zero sense,” wrote one fan on Twitter.
“Don’t have a brain in their heads,” added another.
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“Shows the football IQ of our team that they wasted a few minutes arguing this with the ref in a game we were chasing a goal,” a third wrote.
“Shocking how long it even too VAR to check as well,” a fourth added.
“We hired a set-piece coach so that…let’s count…six out of six players would be offside during set-pieces. That’s who the worst signing in the Clubs history is,” a fifth said.