Man Utd were lucky in Southampton win, admits Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United rode their luck to beat Southampton when the sides met at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Wednesday evening, ESPN has reported.

Jay Rodriguez capitalised on a mix-up between midfielder Michael Carrick and goalkeeper David De Gea to give the visitors an early lead but a pair of Wayne Rooney goals eventually turned the tide in favour of the league leaders. Rooney struck both goals inside half an hour to extend United’s lead at the top of the table to seven points.

Ferguson was less than impressed with his side, however, and was fulsome in his praise for the beaten Saints. He said: “ If you look at it my experience of this club and going for championships, there’s always a game where you say we were a bit lucky and I think it was one of these nights.

I thought Southampton in the second half was the best performance anyone has played here this season. They pushed right on top of us and didn’t give us time to settle on the ball. Second half, we just found the pitch impossible. Once the pitch dried up, the players found it difficult.

United took advantage of the draw a day earlier between Queens Park Rangers and defending champions and United’s local rivals Manchester City to extend their advantage at the top. The sides meet in April at Old Trafford in the final Manchester derby of the season.

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