Mourinho cautious despite fast Man Utd start

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Manchester United earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Southampton this afternoon, with striker Romelu Lukaku grabbing the only goal of the game to make it eight goals in eight appearances since joining the club this summer.

Lukaku's goal at St Mary's settled a rather underwhelming contest to keep United apace with neighbours City at the top of the Premier League, and extended his fantastic start since switching from Everton in July.

However a second effort from no less than two yards out from goal was prodded home by the forward to give United the lead following a promising start from the hosts.

Asked whether wins like this are as valuable in terms of spirit as the three 4-0 thrashings United have enjoyed this season, Mourinho denied that.

Mourinho's men now had more of a strangle hold on the game, but the manager was not in the mood to take chances.

"Romelu Lukaku's work is so important for us".

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"At the moment we're happy with the three points but not so happy with the performance".

Manchester United rode their luck at times against Southampton, who put the high flyers under significant pressure for a large part of the game. Keeping United down to one, and leaving many pundits saying "Southampton deserve a point" is a huge credit to the Saints against a team who have blown away pretty much every opponent in their path this season. "I don't know", he said.

Had Andreas Pereira stayed at Manchester United instead of going on loan to Valencia, perhaps he would be another player to compete for those positions.

According to Goal journalist Kris Voakes, United supporters kept belting out the song during Saturday's away win, but following it up with: "We're Man Utd, we'll sing what we want". "Maybe last season we would have come here and drawn the game or possibly lost it so it shows improvement and character but we'll need to be better than that".

"The last time we had this was in Los Angeles and then in Macedonia, and I think they felt (it)".

While Mourinho undoubtedly is a tactical mastermind it seems far-fetched to assume that he'd court controversy just to see the last few seconds through, and yet due to his personality, one can never know.

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