Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed his sides character and belief after they secured a dramatic 3-2 win over Southampton at Old Trafford today.
In a game full of quality goals, young Saints full-back Yan Valery gave the visitors the lead on 26 minutes with a superb long range strike.
United wrestled back control of the game and went 2-1 up just shy of the hour mark after excellent finishes by Andreas Pereira and Lukaku.
It seemed as if United would kick on and win the game comfortably, but Southampton continued to push forward, and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were rewarded when dead-ball specialist James Ward-Prowse curled home a sublime free-kick with 15 minutes remaining.
In all honesty, the Saints actually looked the more likely to score a winner, until Lukaku popped up to curl home with his right foot from the edge of the area in the 88th minute, sending Old Trafford wild.
Speaking after the game Solskjaer admitted his injury-depleted side had not been at their best today, but he was delighted to get the win.
“I have been part of so many games like this, towards the Stretford End in the second half. That Stretford End will always suck a ball into the net for you. That is the best place to score a winner,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“We had character and belief more than quality. We lacked a bit of class, we should have been 2-0 up after five minutes. But we have three points and we are happy.
“They had two unbelievable strikes and we got a sucker punch at 2-2. It was a great response. We know the character and personality is there, so is the crowd.
United move above Arsenal into fourth and just three points behind third-placed Spurs after today’s win, with Solskjaer revealing that he is excited about the remainder of the season.
“We are three points behind Tottenham now, the last nine games will be very exciting.
“I have decided that as long as I am here I am going to enjoy every single second. I am so happy for the players.”