Manchester United manager Sir
The Netherlands international looked set to get his first taste of the famous hairdryer treatment after wasting an opportunity to draw level with a cheeky penalty attempt that was saved by
"I was surprised because every time I have seen him take a penalty he rattles it in the corners," the United boss said of
"He made up for it, though. He had six attempts on goal and was a real threat.
"His first goal was absolutely magnificent - the control and then to bury it away. It was a really, really good goal.
"His header was excellent too, but he has been a terrific player for us.
"I just thought we started the game so well and went a goal down when we were controlling the game. That puts you on the back foot a bit.
"We got an equaliser at the right time and that gave us time to organise ourselves and make sure we controlled the second half.
"It didn't go that way and I thought Southampton for the first 20 minutes were very good."
Southampton had looked on course for a famous victory after twice going ahead.
However, it was not to be for Southampton and, while
"We didn't start playing until
"We worked all week on the strength of
"We have got to give them credit for that, they are good at it. In that period when they scored the second we were well out of it.
While Ferguson's side collected three points, the Scot knows such a performance is not good enough moving forward as it was poor at the back despite the return of
The once-formidable partnership looked shaky in their first game together since a 2-1 UEFA Champions League defeat to Basel last December and Ferguson knows they need to improve.
"I think it is an important issue, there's no question [about it]," he said.
"I think throughout the years we've had two centre-backs playing regularly that impacts on the whole team, right from
"Last season when we had
While Ferguson struck a relieved figure at the end of his 1,000th league game at the United helm, counterpart
Just like at Manchester City two weeks ago, his side gave up a 2-1 advantage to lose 3-2 and, while frustrated, the Saints boss was keen to highlight the positives.
"For a newly-promoted club we have scored two goals in open play against a Man United side packed full of experience," Adkins said.
"Lambert had an exceptional game, Jason Puncheon had a superb game as did
"I thought they had worked very hard and we made the substitutions to bring more energy into the side.
"You get punished at the highest level. [
"In the second half, we were buzzing. But they kept possession of the ball. It's two corners we have conceded from."
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