Manchester United’s 1-0 win against Southampton on Saturday afternoon could be one of the most important victories of the season, according to club legend Arthur Albiston.
Speaking on MUTV after the game, Albiston said that Man United’s backs-to-the-wall performance against Southampton could prove to be vital.
United took the lead through Romelu Lukaku’s eighth goal in eight games after 20 minutes, but rarely dominated proceedings, with Southampton putting United well and truly under the cosh in the second half.
“When you look back in April and May, every point is precious,” Albiston said.
“This could be the most vital three points we get all season. We had to defend for our lives; Southampton gave everything in the second half and just couldn’t get a goal thankfully. Not every game is enjoyable to watch but we’ve hung on to get three points.”
Albiston is echoing the sentiments of United boss José Mourinho who insisted that three points from a hard-fought 1-0 win are equal to those that come from a 4-0 thrashing.
United fans will happily accept one nervous but ultimately successful game, as on Saturday, considering the 1-0 scrappy win followed three 4-0 victories in the opening six games.
Albiston is right that wins like these are needed to lift the Premier League title, and it’s a complete myth that Sir Alex Ferguson’s great Manchester United teams won every game with fluid football and huge scorelines.