A Romelu Lukaku goal in the 20th minute proved enough for Manchester United to beat Southampton away from home, in a game that Jose Mourinho chose to focus on his defense way more than in any other match this season so far.
It is not always possible to operate at high quality, but we fought hard. We did what many teams in the Premier League do for 90 minutes, which was play with five defenders at the back
the Portuguese told Sky Sports right after the match, defending his team’s performance and his own choice to play very conservatively.
Credit to Southampton: they tried to play. [Mauricio] Pellegrino changed the team and sent on another striker to play more direct. It was a hard game, but I am really happy
Mourinho said, before insisting that focusing on their defense was the right way to go in this specific game.
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
the Man United manager also said. A little later, talking to MUTV, he added an interesting line;
Three fantastic points – the same points as when we win 4-0.