Lineker, Van der Sar and more: Twitter reacts as Man United beat Southampton
Gary Lineker and Edwin van der Sar both tweet their thoughts as Manchester United beat Southampton 2-1
Robin van Persie scored twice as Manchester United moved up to third in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory at Southampton.
The Dutchman gave his side the lead in the 12th minute with a low finish, but the home side equalised through Graziano Pelle just after half an hour.
However, Van Persie guided in Wayne Rooney’s free-kick in the 71st minute to earn United their fifth straight victory in the league.
Monday’s big game prompted plenty of activity on Twitter – and here are some of our favourite post-match updates.
Joey Barton @Joey7Barton delivers a thorough full-time assessment: “Very strange game that. Considering both teams league position’s the ball retention on what looked a decent surface was poor. Big away win for United in the context of their season. Can’t see them getting in the title race this year but definitely CL places.”
Mark Bright (@Mark__Bright) analyses the Red Devils’ tactics: “Rooney lacked support because Utd don’t break out like they used to under Fergie. Conservative LVG”
Alan Tonge (@Alan_Tonge) knows exactly what he wants for Christmas: “Dear Santa, it’s great to be winning ugly, but can we please start winning beautifully once again. All the best. Merry Xmas. Man United fans.”
Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) is impressed by the manner of the victory: “What a great result for Manchester United. Most pleasing thing is the fact that recently when not playing well they still grind out a win.”
Alex Rae (@alexrae1969) reacts to Van Persie’s actions at the final whistle: “Nice touch by RVP to give young girl his top he has just made her year !”
Ex-United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) is impressed: “That’s some win for @ManUtd after a poor game and @Persie_Official important with his goals!! #mufclive #turnedthecorner?”
And finally, Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) sums the result up nicely: “I suspect, and history may back me up on this, that Louis Van Gaal knows what he’s doing.”