Manchester United drew 1-1 at Southampton. Mason Greenwood equalized United.

Here’s a look at five things we learned from the game …

United failed to learn lessons from last season

Last season, Manchester United’s away games were often so predictable, cashing in early and then coming in from behind and getting a result.

It seems like little has been learned as United are 1-0 down at halftime.

While United can keep coming back, the team leaves little room for error and the trick cannot be repeated over and over.

United were on top in the first 20 minutes against Southampton and couldn’t make them pay. The team needs to be more clinical, and this can come as the players sharpen up.

But while last week against Leeds felt like a hopeful new morning, this game felt like we’ve seen it all before.

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Pogba so important to United

With Paul Pogba being calm in the first half, critics could be seen rubbing hands to moan at his inconsistency.

Pogba ensured that wasn’t the case today by advancing with an impressive second-half performance.

Mason Greenwood equalized early in the first half, but it was all about Pogba, who drove into the box, played a one-two with Bruno Fernandes, and then gave the youthful striker another assist.

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War recall fails

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to stay with Anthony Martial and his attitude towards the striker could not have been clearer here.

Mason Greenwood was superb against Leeds and seemed ready to start that game up front, but Solskjaer’s determination to get Martial into the line-up turned the teenager to the right.

Martial would have repaid Solskjaer almost immediately after clearing a header off the line in the first 10 minutes. But that was so close to him.

Martial barely offered a threat after that and it seems unlikely that he will start the next game away at Wolves, especially with Edinson Cavani fit again.

When he came on after 58 minutes, it was no surprise.

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Fred and Matic partnership battles

Scott McTominay was eliminated from the starting XI for Nemanja Matic and the difference was obvious.

United lacked bite in midfield, Matic was ineffective except for a header, while Fred seemed to take a step backwards.

This was a game that underscored what United fans have been saying all summer: midfield is not strong enough and needs reinforcement.

Both players increased it slightly in the second half, but the damage was done in the first.

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Dave saves

United’s work in the second half was all but ruined by Harry Maguire’s sloppy defense which brought Adam Armstrong through.

Fortunately, United were saved by a decisive one-on-one save from David de Gea.

De Gea kept her cool and didn’t panic. It was an outstanding goalkeeping game that proved he has the quality to hold onto his place this season.

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