Ronald Koeman ‘knew’ Manchester United would be nervous against Southampton

by Ben Topliss

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has claimed that he knew Manchester United would get “nervous” in the final stages of the clash between the two sides on Saturday.

Man United were dismal from an attacking point of view at Old Trafford before Charlie Austin fired in a late winner for the Saints.

It was a bitter blow for United, who have now lost six Premier League games this term. Koeman praised his side following the clash.

“Of course, it’s a great win. It was a difficult game for both teams today. We knew they are under pressure,” Koeman said.

“If you keep the organisation of your team during the game [United] will be nervous.

“Defensively we did a great job. Attacking wise, in the first half we didn’t play well because we had some counter-attack movements and we didn’t create – maybe one chance from Sadio [Mane].

“We didn’t play well in that aspect of football but the rest was good enough to get a result in the game and until the end of the game we knew we had qualities in our set-piece and that made the difference. We did a great job, in our team organisation. We had great spirit, we had belief and that makes the 1-0 today.”

Charlie Austin

It seems as if it is easy to beat United these days; if you are even the slightest bit organised defensively then you are most of the way there.

United have been shambolic offensively for a number of months now and they have even struggled to break down the likes of Sheffield United. Considering the talent Louis van Gaal has at his disposal, it is nowhere near good enough.

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