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'It's what I'm here to do is to score goals' Ireland's Michael Obafemi hits late goal to deny Manchester United

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Michael Obafemi celebrates after scoring the equaliser in Southampton's 2-2 draw with Man United at Old Trafford. Pool via REUTERS/Dave Thompson

Michael Obafemi celebrates after scoring the equaliser in Southampton's 2-2 draw with Man United at Old Trafford. Pool via REUTERS/Dave Thompson

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Michael Obafemi celebrates after scoring the equaliser in Southampton's 2-2 draw with Man United at Old Trafford. Pool via REUTERS/Dave Thompson

Manchester United's Champions League chase stalled as substitute Michael Obafemi struck in stoppage time to earn dogged Southampton a deserved draw at an empty Old Trafford.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to lift Manchester City's two-season European ban meant a fifth-placed Premier League finish would not be enough to seal a return to the continent's top table.

United looked set to move up to third after Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial turned things around following Stuart Armstrong's early opener, only for Obafemi to direct home at the death to seal a 2-2 draw.

Ireland striker Obafemi may have been unable to celebrate in front of a packed crowd but that did not take away the youngster's satisfaction at sealing a share of the spoils for Southampton.

"It's amazing, I was supposed to play here for the under-18s in the Youth Cup, but sadly I missed it," he told Sky Sports. "But I think this is an even better occasion to score in.

"It's what I'm here to do is to score goals, thankfully I got the equaliser.

"We've picked up amazing results since the restart and we've looked to finish the season strong. We go to any game thinking we can get the three points."

Asked whether he thinks his last-gasp goal will be enough to ensure a starting berth against Brighton on Thursday, Obafemi added: "We'll have to wait and see about that one but I'm just thankful I can get the equaliser."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side remain fifth after blowing the chance to move ahead of Chelsea and Leicester on Monday night, when the frustration was clear on the face of the Norwegian and his players.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's men deserved a share of the spoils, though.

Their relentless pressure forced Paul Pogba into an early error that Armstrong capitalised on.

But United produced a response that the watching Sir Alex Ferguson would have been proud of, with Rashford equalising in the 20th minute and Martial turning things around with a superb strike three minutes later.

Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu was fortunate to avoid punishment for a foul on Mason Greenwood in a first half that made way for cagey second period, with David De Gea producing a superb stop to deny Nathan Redmond late on.

United looked set to hold on, only for Obafemi to get to a corner before Victor Lindelof to snatch a late point for Saints.

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