Manchester United took their undefeated streak to five games as Robin van Persie scored twice in a 2-1 win over Southampton.
United took the lead on 11 minutes when Fonte’s loose back-pass was pounced upon by Van Persie who slid the ball through Fraser Forsters legs.
Southampton deservedly levelled things up on 31 minutes as Pellè fired home after Tadic’s shot deflected his way.
The hosts could never get their noses in front and were made to suffer with 19 minutes to play as Rooney’s free-kick missed everyone but Van Persie, who skilfully prodded home from a tight angle.
“The first goal is a bit of a gamble, nine out of 10 times it doesn’t come off and you still have to score,” he told BBC Sport. “I was a bit lucky there, it went through his legs but you earn your luck in those situations.
“I felt good, I’ve felt good over the last couple of weeks fitness wise. Tonight I could keep it up until the last minutes. That is what you want and then the goals assists and wins will come. We are happy we are on our way up now so we have to keep the momentum going.”
The result moves United into third place in the Premier League with momentum taking them into the massive game against Liverpool on Sunday.