Manchester United fought hard to narrowly beat Southampton 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday, with Romelu Lukaku bagging a brace after Andreas Pereira netted his first Premier League goal.
The Red Devils came into the game unbeaten in 11 league matches since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge in December, but the Saints had only lost one of their last five top-flight fixtures at the Old Trafford.
After weathering the early storm Saints gained a real foothold in the game and stunned Old Trafford by opening the scoring on 26 minutes with an absolute stunner from Valery with his first senior goal.
United leveled things up with a lovely strike from Andreas Pereira, early in the second half before Romelu Lukaku turned the game on its head with a second for the hosts within six minutes.
However, the Saints looked to have salvaged a share of the spoils when James Ward-Prowse scored a brilliant free-kick on 75 minutes, only for Lukaku to snatch the win for the hosts with just two minutes left on the clock.
Saints conceded a penalty deep into stoppage time as Stuart Armstrong kicked the back of Rashford's leg in the area. Pogba stepped up but it was an awful spot kick, straight down the middle with little power and Gunn was able to make the save with his trailing leg.
The late victory for Solksjaer's men puts them back in fourth place thanks to the draw in the north London derby, whilst it also means the Norwegian has won all but one of his 12 Premier League games in charge of United.
"I'm so pleased for the boys that they managed to claw three points out of this game," said Solskjaer. "The manner of it is like the old days. I have been part of it so many times myself."
Southampton remains two points above the relegation zone after a third defeat in four games. "We deserved more. We played a fantastic game tactically. We showed we can play with the ball and pressed them," said Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
"We didn't stop working. It doesn't feel good because we lost but it starts from 0-0 in our next match against Tottenham. It is not enough that we played for 60-70 minutes in a very good way against such a side."
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