Manchester United narrowly escaped a defeat that would have been a disappointment against Burnley as both sides shared a point each.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his team channelled the spirit of the great Manchester United sides of the past, as they produced a dramatic comeback.
The new Old Trafford boss looked condemned to suffer his first bitter taste of defeat after an immaculate eight game winning run, when Burnley led by two goals with just three minutes remaining.
But United showed great spirit to produce a fightback that had the stadium bouncing, as they used what opposition boss Sean Dyche admitted was the spectre of “Fergie Time” to level deep into the extra period.
And Solskjaer believes that says as much about his men and his own management, as the winning streak did.
“So many people are saying great spirit, fighting spirit, and and I was happy with that response, and the result,” he said.
“We could even have got three points at the end, but just ran out of time.
“We’ve asked do they have the fighting spirit, and now we have seen they have. They have shown we have the right response when we go down, and have that fighting spirit.
“It’s easy then when you are winning isn’t it, it is easy to sit and smile. But the danger of winning, is you start thinking you’ve earned the right to start at 90 per cent. But today we learnt we can’t do that.”
While Solskjaer was happy with the result, as a Paul Pogba penalty and then a dramatic late leveller from Victor Lindelof three minutes into stoppage time gave them an unlikely draw, following Burnley goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood.
But the United boss was less pleased with his side’s start, despite dominating possession. “We started too slowly, we didn’t have the urgency.
We did fantastically in the end, and we showed that urgency in the second half, so I was pleased with that response.
“Sometimes it’s human, it just doesn’t function right. But the tempo, the passes were not quite there. We have 75 per cent possession but we just needed a little quicker tempo.”
Solskjaer also admitted he doesn’t know if Marouane Fellaini will leave before the transfer window closes, as interest from China intensifies:
“I don’t really know too much about Fellaini as I’ve been busy all day so I don’t know about that one – we will have to just wait and see.”