Late strike from Romelu Lukaku in the 89th-minute has transported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United into fourth place in the Premier League table after defeating Southampton 3-2 at Old Trafford.
The Red devils were in a disappointing home draw until substitute Fred exchanged passes with Luke Shaw and found the in-form Belgian on the edge of the area before Lukaku did the rest with a pinpoint 18-yard finish into the bottom corner.
It would have been an extreme enjoy for Ole to earn another goal from a 95th-minute penalty missed by Paul Pogba as Angus Gunn saved his shot following Stuart Armstrong’s trip on Marcus Rashford.
Solskjaer’s unbeaten run in domestic football has increased to 15 after the home win against Southampton.
However, the Saints midfielder James Ward-Prowse struck a superb 25-yard free-kick, awarded for an Ashley Young foul on Armstrong, into the top left-hand corner of the goal after 74 minutes to make the score 2-2.
United play boy an Academy Grad, Andreas Pereira first equalised for United in the 53rd minute as substitute Diogo Dalot combined with Lukaku, forcing the ball through to the young Brazilian who took a touch before curling a magnificent finish into the Southampton goal.
United thereafter took the lead just six minutes later through Lukaku although Pereira was again instrumental in the goal.
The midfielder showed his strength to hold off challengers in midfield before slipping through an excellently-timed pass for the striker who finished clinically, into the far corner, from 15 yards.