Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has admitted that the Old Trafford club were sloppy in their win against Southampton last night.
The Red Devils managed a 2-1 win, but few who watched and commented believed that they deserved the victory.
Despite taking an early lead through Van Persie, Louis van Gaal’s troops looked sloppy at the back and could have been punished by a Saints side that were on better form.
Graziano Pelle scored for Ronald Koeman’s troops in the 31st minute of the game to level the scores, but Van Persie bagged his second to stretch Man Utd’s winning streak to five games, putting them into third and placing them among the Premier League’s early season achievers.
With many now tipping Man Utd to return to the Champions League at the end of the season, some still question whether they can do so without a more solid defence and better displays.
Van Persie was the first to admit they were not at their best.
“I don’t think we played our best football today,” he said.
“We were a bit sloppy here and there. We fought hard and in the end we nicked it.”
He added: “It was a tough game. They have a good team so we knew what to expect, but I think it’s our fifth straight victory so we are on the way up.”