Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho praised the way Southampton played in his side’s 1-0 victory at St Mary’s Stadium.
The Red Devils came away with all three points thanks to a Romelu Lukaku goal in the first half. United’s talisman out-muscled Wesley Hoedt to fire a header towards Fraser Forster, whose instinctive save unfortunately fell into the path of the Belgian international.
It’s a difficult place to come, and it is a good opponent without anything to lose, that tried in the last 35 minutes to be really offensive and try to fight for the rescue of a point.
The United boss was, in fact, given his marching orders late on in the game. As Mario Lemina sprung a counter-attack for Saints, he was judged by referee Craig Pawson to have overstepped the mark and encroached from his technical area.
I felt Southampton were strong. I felt their manager was excited and enthusiastic by risking bringing two strikers like Gabbiadini and Austin on to play direct, a style that’s not their style.
And then I made the decision to bring on Smalling, and I think the team was solid. We showed good solidarity, good organisation and good spirit to get the three points.
However, his side defended throughout to prevent a tireless Southampton side from taking anything away from what was an incredible difficult encounter for both sides on the day.