Yan Valery felt Southampton “gave everything we had” in a spirited performance that fell agonisingly short of claiming a point at in-form Manchester United.
The Frenchman opened the scoring with his first career goal, a moment he will remember for the rest of his life as his explosive shot from distance flew past David De Gea to give Saints a half-time lead.
But despite battling back from 2-1 down to draw level, Saints were beaten by Romelu Lukaku’s 89th minute winner and had no points to show for their admirable commitment.
“We’re disappointed. I think we should’ve taken at least a point here,” Valery said.
“In the first half, I think it could’ve been a penalty on Bertie (Ryan Bertrand) and for the second goal I think Lukaku was offside, so it’s harsh, but that’s football.
“I’m really proud of the team’s performance because we gave everything we had, especially after the game against Fulham, which was a really hard game physically.
“We played Arsenal the Sunday before, so we were a little bit tired, but we gave everything and we had a fighting mentality.
“Everyone gave everything they had. That’s why it’s a little bit harder to leave with no points.
“Today we showed, even against Man United – a big club who are doing really well at the moment – that we are not scared.
“That’s what we need to do until the end of the season. I’m confident if we do that in every game, we will stay in the Premier League.”