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Manchester United 3 Southampton 2: Lukaku seals thrilling comeback

Manchester United 3 Southampton 2: Lukaku seals thrilling comeback

Andreas Pereira and Romelu Lukaku found the net in the second half to put United ahead but a 75th-minute James Ward-Prowse free-kick levelled the tie before Lukaku scored his second, and the victor, two minutes from time.

United got their noses in front just six minutes later, with Pereira turning provider, finding Romelu Lukaku who fired past Angus Gunn to score his third goal in two games.

Having weathered an early storm in which United missed three gilt-edged chances, Southampton took the lead in the 26th minute when Yann Valery scored his first goal for the club in spectacular fashion.

"It looks like his ligaments but, hopefully, he won't be out too long", said Solskjaer, whose team plays Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of its Champions League last-16 matchup.

He said: "The dressing room was bouncing, they were happy, looking forward to Wednesday". The Champions League is the biggest focus for PSG so they rested many players over the weekend.

"It's a very important win for us".

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"We have not won many games at home against Southampton but I don't want to call them a bogey team". I was saying "This is someone who knows the place, who can re-stabilise the place". Sixth-placed Chelsea, who are on 53 points, have two games in hand and visit second bottom Fulham on Sunday. At the time (of his appointment) Ed Woodward probably thought: "I'm going to get him as a stop-gap " and I was of the same thinking.

"I don't want to take anything away from Andreas (Pereira) and Romelu, because they were great finishes, but that spirit is just part of this club's history". We have done it so many times.

United appeared to be heading towards a disappointing home draw in the closing moments, when substitute Fred exchanged passes with Luke Shaw and found the in-form Lukaku on the edge of the area.

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.

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has launched a sly dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by suggesting that the Norwegian would struggle if he got the job on a permanent basis.

But there was another twist in the tale when James Ward-Prowse equalised against the run of play from a free-kick outside the box in the 75th minute to send shockwaves through Old Trafford.