Ralph Hasenhüttl reserved praise for Yan Valery after seeing him score his first Southampton goal during the 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
Valery’s stunning strike lit the blue touch paper for a pulsating contest, as a performance to be proud fell short, with Romelu Lukaku’s 88th minute winner breaking yellow and blue hearts.
But it was a special moment for the 20-year-old full back, who Hasenhüttl believes is developing with every passing week.
“That’s something you demand from a young player. He gets the trust from us and then I want to see a brave player who is believing in himself and Yan made a fantastic development until now.
“Defensively he is better now and also offensively that’s exactly the way we want to go.
“I’m very happy for him that he scored for the first time, it was a fantastic goal and to shoot like this at Old Trafford shows how confident he is.”
While both goals eventually proved in vein, James Ward-Prowse’s inch-perfect free-kick was just as good. That was his fifth goal in his last eight Premier League outing, prompting further praise from his boss.
“It was not only his scoring again. Also, mentally and his running he played an amazing game. He is one of the key players now in the moment in our team and his physical strength after the game on Wednesday, you could never feel he had problems.”