There are good days following this football club sometimes. Sometimes the sun is shining, on a four day weekend and United are absolutely lovely to watch.

It happens rarely but today was one of those days. Rafa trusted the same lads that ground down free-scoring Leicester to get the better of the saints who’ve been flying.

The first half kicks off and we’re at it right away. Often this season we’ve started well and failed to get the goal but this time after a load of pressure and a bit of bad luck, the goal came after a sensational tackle from Hayden. As good as an assist that tackle and 5 seconds later Perez has held off two of theirs and it’s off the post and in. Beautiful. Richly deserved.

Southampton half turned up with some half chances but Schär, Lascelles and Paul D were more than up to it with some superb interventions and tackles.

The second duly came after Rondon, who’d terrified their back two all day won the ball when he’d no right to. He waited and waited for someone to arrive and played an inch perfect ball across the box for Perez, who broke the world 20m sprint record to get there, scuffed it over the keeper for two nought. Delirium in St James’ and there was plenty of noise in the stands.

We deserved it and should have had more in the first half. Almiron managed about 10 shots on target himself and has surely broken the record for most shots on target without scoring.

Then the second half starts. Southampton couldn’t be as bad as they were first half – and they weren’t. They were much better. I think we were sloppy and despite what I imagine the manager drilled into them at half time was forgotten about as we gave the ball away regularly and generally pissed about in midfield.

Amongst all that Ki hit a daisy cutter off the inside of the post which would have killed the game there and then. Instead Southampton got a deserved goal back when one of their lads brought on at half time ‘fizzed’ a low show into the corner. A decent goal to compliment a decent second half performance from our opponents.

To be fair to United, who lost Schär and Almiron to injuries that may see the end of their seasons, there wasn’t much danger of an equaliser and Ayoze Perez Gutierrez got his first hat trick with the assist of a diving header from Matt Ritchie.

Three points, a happy city and three consecutive seasons in the Premier League secured. A happy day.

Forgot about the context of ‘safety’ though. That’s always a given with the manager we have even if we did go into Watford at home knowing ought less than three points and we were really in the shit.

St James’ was alive today. The city was alive. It’s class sometimes being in that ground. Watching these players. The side, ground, support, manager ooze potential. We’re bigger than Everton, Wolves, West Ham. They should be next for us. Once they’re conquered the sides above should be what we’re aiming for.

No more relegation battles. They’re shit. No more pissing about with the future of the football club by not backing the manager.

Today was good. I want tomorrow to be even better.

Newcastle United will never be defeated