‘You can’t stop him!’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails James Ward-Prowse after Manchester United’s win against Southampton

James Ward-Prowse impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lavished praise on Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse after his side’s 3-2 win on the south coast.

Edinson Cavani’s introduction at half-time inspired United to all three points at St Mary’s but it was the Saints that were in the ascendancy at the break.

Ward-Prowse whipped a phenomenal corner onto the head of Jan Bednarek to put the home side ahead midway through the first half and he got himself on the scoresheet moments later when he struck a fantastic free-kick past David De Gea.

Cavani ensured United needn’t reflect for too long on their misdemeanours in the first half but Solskjaer was in no mood to criticise his side, instead claiming that there was no way to stop Ward-Prowse in that mood.

Asked if he needs to ‘scrutinise’ the goals his side conceded, Solskjaer said: ‘I won’t because first of all we were excellent all day long.

Ward-Prowse struck a fantastic free-kick (Picture: Getty)

‘We played some fantastic football and created so many chances. We must have had five or six clear-cut opportunities but they had Ward-Prowse! You can’t stop him.

‘It’s just one of them where you hope you don’t give set pieces away. He’s got the quality and it’s one of them you can’t blame anyone.’

It was Cavani that stole the headlines following his injury-time winner, which was his second of the game.

The 33-year-old also assisted Bruno Fernandes’ goal shortly after half-time and Solskjaer says the veteran has been a symbol of professionalism since he arrived as a free agent.

‘He’s got all the attributes of a top-class footballer and human being,’ said Solskjaer.

‘He’s had a great career, scored goals wherever he has been. He’s so professional, meticulous with his preparation, with his recovery, what he does at mealtimes, before the game, during the game, so I was surprised that he didn’t have his boots ready when the second half started!’

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