Sir Alex Ferguson watched his team secure victory in his 1000th league game as Manchester United manager in typical fashion for us, leaving it until the last few minutes to turn a 2-1 defeat in to a 3-2 win.
“We never give up,” he told MUTV. “Of course, it’s in the history books. Well done to the lads for coming back. We do that all the time at our club and I expect 10 like that a season so that’s one out of the way! It’s unbelievable – it really is. But we didn’t start playing until Scholes came onto the pitch with his range of passing, his consistency of passing and his presence turned the game for us. I thought we had reasonable control in the first half but lost a goal to a back-post cross, something we worked on all week, but credit to Southampton as they are good at it and put us on the back foot. We got the equaliser through a fantastic goal from Robin and I thought it would give us the opportunity to get our act together in the second half. Credit to Southampton, they kept loading the ball forward and played some nice football in midfield. They were the better team when they went 2-1 up but, when Scholes came on, the game changed. Robin has got four goals in two starts, which is a great statistic, and he’ll get better. Chicharito also came on and made a difference. He started stretching them with fantastic runs off the ball and I was delighted with his performance.”