Southampton recorded a famous 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday which saw them leapfrog the Red Devils into third place in the Premier League. Forget talk about the Saints being contenders to qualify for the Champions League; Ronald Koeman’s side can go even further and push for the title. Here’s three reasons why:
The Saints backline was once again outstanding against Manchester United, successfully dealing with the threat of one of world football’s most potent attacks in Wayne Rooney, Angel di Maria, Robin van Persie and Juan Mata. Skipper Jose Fonte was as solid as a rock, marshalling the defence and ensuring that Southampton would go away from one of English football’s most intimidating stadia with a clean sheet. It comes as no surprise that the Saints have the best defensive record in the whole league with just 15 goals conceded all season.
That Southampton defence were immense. Fonts, Bertrand, Clyne and the Schniderlen and Wanyama in front. Excellent
— Cormac McAllister (@cormacmcall) January 11, 2015
Excellent defence from Southampton. Never stretched – 95 minutes of positioning, reading the game and intercepting moves
— Alex May (@alex07fcb) January 11, 2015
Best away performance ive ever seen by Southampton, well organised, well set up, defence solid, midfield and forwards worked tirelessly!!!
— Ryan Boyce ™© (@boycie85) January 11, 2015
Southampton’s goal came from the excellent Serbian playmaker Dusan Tadic, and his superbly executed finish after Graziano Pelle – himself a revelation for the Saints this season – had hit the post shows that the south coast side possess some attacking players who are up there with the very best in the league. If they continue to perform this highly, there’s no reason why Southampton can’t push Chelsea and Man City all the way.
Absolutely love Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle me
— Ryan. (@RyanNUFC_7) January 11, 2015
Where would Southampton be without their masterful manager? The Dutchman got his tactics and his team selection spot-on against United, and with an excellent eye for a bargain in the transfer market Saints fans know that the club will always be able to identify an adequate replacement should its best players be sold. Already making a strong case for manager of the year, Koeman has the tactical nous and the experience to guide Southampton to glory.
Ronald Koeman is definitely manager of the year. Even if he gets sacked
— James Corrigan (@jcorrigangolf) January 11, 2015
Koeman, without his best attacker in recent games (Mane), has out-coached van Gaal today. Very, very impressive.
— Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) January 11, 2015
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