MANAGER Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed he could hear Manchester United “celebrating like they had won the Premier League” in their dressing room, following the visitors’ 3-2 success over Saints.

The Red Devils battled back from two goals down to triumph in the second half, thanks to a double from Edinson Cavani and a strike from Bruno Fernandes.

Substitute Cavani’s second came in stoppage time on the south coast – and Hasenhuttl said the United celebrations indicated they had been in a battle.

“We hear them celebrating in their dressing room,” the Austrian said.

“You know what you have done and how tough you have been because they were celebrating like they had won the Premier League here.

“They are celebrating like this because it was a tough game.

“They had to play the players they can to win against us and we can be proud of what we have done.”

Saints had held a two-goal advantage at the break thanks to a headed effort from Jan Bednarek, as well as James Ward-Prowse’s stunning free-kick.

“We have seen a good game. It was interesting to watch,” added Hasenhuttl.

“We had a very good first half – second half they were very strong.

“We tried to calm the game down but when you are against a team that has so much quality – Cavani was then pressure in the box and causing us problems.

“Then you end up conceding three goals, especially the third one is not really necessary, I think.

“But what can I say? We did a fantastic job I think – the way we played for 60 minutes was unbelievable for me.

“But it’s clear they have quality to hit you on the back foot. We tried to be a strong as possible on them and also had some good moments.

“We never stopped believing in what we are doing.

“It’s hurting a little bit but I’m proud of the team at the moment.”