Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal revealed that he believes that Ronald Koeman encouraged his side to defend very tight in order to try and come away with a draw, but ended the match victorious with a 1-0 scoreline.
The Red Devils were unable to get a shot on target throughout the match while three late Juan Mata chances could have brought them level, but eventually United ended their 10-match unbeaten run courtesy of a goal from substitute Dusan Tadic.
Van Gaal told Skysports: “We didn’t create many chances despite dominating the game. Only in the first minute we gave them a chance, but after that we dominate without creating many chances.
“They were defending well, good organisation, they came for a draw but I believe they go away with a victory.
“I think [Juan] Mata has three chances, he could make one of these, but you cannot change the result anymore.”
Club skipper Wayne Rooney admitted that he thinks his side should have come away with the three points given the amount of chances that failed to go their way.
“That’s football, that’s how it goes. I think we deserved to win the game today.
“I’ve seen Southampton play better to be honest.
“We stopped a lot of their threats, but we got punished for the goal they scored and we didn’t take our chances.”