‘They were celebrating like they won the Premier League’: Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl takes a hit on Manchester United’s overreaction after latest win
Ralph Hasenhuttl believes his Southampton players should take Manchester United’s overzealous celebrations as a compliment after their latest loss.
Southampton got off to a perfect start at St Mary’s on Sunday, with Jan Bednarek and James Ward-Prowse giving the hosts a 2-0 lead with just 33 minutes on the clock.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side produced an inspiring second-half comeback, with Bruno Fernandes scoring before super-sub Edinson Cavani struck twice – including a stoppage effort – to wrap up the three runs.
Manchester United celebrates after scoring 3-2 win over Southampton
It was difficult for Hasenhuttl and his Southampton players to face, who still sit fifth in the Premier League despite losing.
And after the final whistle, Hasenhuttl took a hit at United for their extravagant celebrations at St Mary’s.
Hasenhuttl said: “You can hear them celebrating in their lodge. You know what you did today and how tough you have been because he was celebrating like he won the Premier League.
“That was the trick for me because it’s definitely a statement when they celebrate like they were because it was tough.
“They had to play their best to win against us and we can be proud of the way we played.
Ralph Hasenhuttl shows discouragement after his Southampton side ceded a two-goal lead
“We had some fantastic times – the best I think we can against such teams. I’m very happy with what we can play today.
“For 2-2 it was okay for us, but then we conceded a third goal. We played as well as we could today.
“We did everything we could against such teams, but we saw a fantastic team. ”
Southampton will desperately need to bounce back when they face Brighton next Monday at Amex Stadium in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, United – now in eighth place after the win – welcome Cavani’s former club Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Edinson Cavani has scored twice, including an added time winner, after coming off the bench