Hasenhüttl: We stayed brave

By SFC Media time Mon 13 Jul Man United v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl lauded a courageous Southampton display in the wake of a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford, where the visitors scored an equaliser deep into stoppage time.

Saints trailed with only seconds remaining on the clock, before Michael Obafemi stepped off the bench to level the tie in the 96th minute.

In truth, it was no less than Hasenhüttl's side deserved, having battled bravely throughout to keep pace with an in-form Manchester United, who, prior to tonight, had a perfect record since the restart.

"I'm very proud, they really deserved this point tonight," the boss reflected, smiling. "We had 10 minutes where we were out of the game and you immediately see how much quality the opponent has.

"But, it was good that we found back our track. We stayed brave, which is always the key to being successful for us.

"We stuck to our game plan and invested a lot, in the second half we were very good in possession with good balance. It was really intense but an absolutely deserved draw.

I'm very proud, they really deserved this point tonight.

ralph hasenhüttl

"In the over time we haven't had so many goals scored since I've been here, but this must be the future. The belief we have to have until the last moment to make a goal.

"We're not getting panicked, we try always to play football. Prepare the attack right.

"Maybe sometimes it's easier to do it without a crowd because you can be a little calmer. But sometimes it is also not so easy to put up the energy.

"At the moment we are so fit, we can really run and we enjoy playing together."

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