Ralph Hasenhüttl was proud of his players’ performance at Manchester United, but could not hide his disappointment as a 3-2 defeat saw Southampton come away with nothing.
In a game that ebbed and flowed freely all afternoon, Yan Valery’s first goal for the club had put Saints ahead heading into the break.
And despite the hosts turning the game on its head to make it 2-1, James Ward-Prowse’s picture-perfect free-kick looked to have earned a point before late heartbreak.
“It’s really hard. The guys are very, very disappointed after the game and I that they put everything on the pitch that was possible today and showed a fantastic performance,” Hasenhüttl reflected.
“Mainly the first-half but also in the second-half we showed that we were very, very focused on our match plan and we wanted to get something here. We were not far away from it and also after the 2-1 we did not stop attacking them and creating for us.
“Prowsey scored a fantastic free-kick, it was a gorgeous goal and it’s a pity that Lukaku decided the game for them.
“There were a few crucial things I think. In the first-half, two times we could have had a penalty. The second goal was offside, which isn’t easy to stand.
“To be proud is one thing but when you wake up tomorrow and you feel that you lost, nobody asks how you lost. It’s like every manager doesn’t like to lose and we had a big chance but it was not enough.”