Southampton 0 United 1 - Views From the Bench
Following the hard fought for 1-0 win against Southampton, at St Mary`s, both managers spoke to the media.
Jose Mourinho, thankful for the win after a spirited fight-back from Southampton, had this to say,
'It is not always possible for high quality, but we fought hard. We did for 25 minutes what many teams do for 90 minutes - to have five at the back and defend.
'We had two chances to kill the game, which is what we felt we could do, but credit to them, they tried to play, they sent on a second striker to play more direct but we fought really hard and I am happy.
'The majority of our players did not play in the midweek match against Burton in the Carabao Cup. Maybe it was the heat because we don't see the sun in Manchester often. I felt the boys were not sharp, so the option was to go for the points.
'The way we attack is something we are doing since the start of the season, to defend like that was the first time that had happened to us this season.
But is it not games like this when you grind the points out that win you titles?
As for the Southampton boss, Mauricio Pellegrino, he had this to say,
'You have to score goals. We did well, we played a good game and it is difficult to control this team, but we have to learn and be more aggressive. We gave everything but one action changed the game.
'It is the most difficult thing in modern football to score.
'I think we controlled the game but we allowed them to play in counter-attack and that is something they are really good. They were under pressure all the time.
Next up in what is a punishing September schedule for Manchester United is a trip to Moscow, to play CSKA, in a Champions League group game on Wednesday.