Manchester United showed strong character to beat Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday, in what was a difficult tie for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
United were trailing at the break to a Yan Valery wonder strike, but the team fought back in the second-half with a sublime effort from Andreas Pereira bringing United back into the game in the 53rd minute.
Romelu Lukaku put United ahead with a calm finish six minutes after Pereira’s goal but Southampton drew level through a James Ward-Prowse free-kick with 15 minutes left of the game.
With the game nearing its end still at a 2-2 draw, Lukaku grabbed a late winner to give United the three points. Paul Pogba also had a stoppage-time penalty saved by Angus Gunn.
An elated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed how happy the players are following the massive win.
Solskjaer admitted that the dressing room is bouncing as he said after the game: “It was a great start, I have to say, and then the injury broke up the game a little bit.
“They contained us and made it an open game. It was a fantastic strike from the kid [Valery] and then the second goal they scored was a fantastic strike. What can you do about them? You can’t really do anything about it.
“So to score three goals ourselves is great. We showed great character. That dressing room is bouncing, full of belief and looking forward to Wednesday.”
With United’s next game against Paris Saint-Germain for the second leg of the Champions League second round tie, Solskjaer has revealed that the team will go into this fixture with belief.
“The team, the club, everyone, supporters [have spirit]. We go into every game with confidence and belief and we will do the same against PSG on Wednesday.
“We know it is an uphill task, but we can do it. It has happened before, this club has had so many great comebacks, but we have got eight straight wins [on the road], confidence is high and, if we are still in the game with 20 minutes to go, who knows?”