This was a good game partly because Southampton were brave enough to make it one.
They earned their point with almost the last touch of the night but had very much deserved it throughout.
Too much of the football we have seen as part of Project Restart has been slow and lacking in competitiveness but this was the opposite.
Ralph Hassenhuttl’s Southampton team came to Manchester to play and what we got as a result was a game as engaging as any we have seen over the last month. At times it was almost possible to forget there were no fans inside Old Trafford. Almost.
Southampton were energetic and ambitious and worried Manchester United all night. United, meanwhile, are a team running hot on confidence thanks to their devastating and newly acquired ability to ravish teams on the counter attack.
So we got a night of cut and thrust, a game that hung in the balance until the end.
With the score at 2-1 at half-time, it was possible to see United scoring next and galloping in to the top four on the back of a glut of goals. Equally, Southampton looked capable of getting back in to things.