Manchester United were given themselves in entrance against Southampton after 20 mins courtesy of a objective from Romelu Lukaku.
The Red Devils controlled to carry directly to their 1-Zero lead, getting again to successful techniques after ultimate week’s 2-2 draw with Stoke.
However, it was once now not the same old free-scoring United on the south coast and Jose Mourinho has admitted he was once pressured to park the bus to safe the issues.
The Portuguese changed Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Chris Smalling after 75 mins and he did so as a result of his gamers weren’t “sharp”.
“It isn’t at all times imaginable to function at prime quality however fought onerous,” Mourinho stated.
“We did what many groups in the Premier League do for 90 mins, which was once play with 5 defenders at the again.
“Credit to Southampton, they attempted to play. Pellegrino modified the group and despatched on every other striker to play extra direct.
“It was once a difficult sport however I’m in point of fact glad.
“Romelu Lukaku’s paintings is so necessary for us. He scored his objective and labored onerous like everyone else.
“Nobody feels the drive to play at all times attacking soccer as a result of such a lot of groups play at all times defensively.
“I felt some of the boys were not sharp. I didn’t feel like we could score three or four goals like we sometimes do so the option was to make sure we got the points.”