Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims his side were lucky to get all three points against Southampton at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Wayne Rooney scored twice to seal the Red Devils win after Jay Rodriguez pounced on a poor Michael Carrick backpass to give Saints the lead after just three minutes.
Ferguson felt his side did well to come back in the first half but was critical of their second half showing where the visitors applied a lot of pressure and had chances to level the game.
“For the first 30 minutes we were fantastic," he told BBC Sport.
"But in the second half Southampton have been the best team to play here this season. We were fortunate to win."
Despite his criticisms, Ferguson will be delighted with the win as it extended Manchester United’s lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.
Rivals and current champions Manchester City failed to break the deadlock at bottom side QPR on Tuesday night giving United the chance to capitalise.
Ferguson was also critical about the Old Trafford pitch, claiming it was damaged after the previous matches there and that it contributed to the poor second half display.
“We found the pitch difficult to play on. Southampton won a lot of 50-50s as our players looked to take a touch," he added.
“The Newcastle and West Brom games killed the pitch - it became a paddy field.”