Southampton manager Ronald Koeman admitted he had a feeling that Charlie Austin could become the hero for the Saints as he threw him on for his Saints debut with 11 minutes remaining at Old Trafford.
The £4m man had an incredible impact, heading the only goal of the game eight minutes after coming on to make it back-to-back wins at the Theatre of Dreams.
“Sometimes you think about that. Already I mentioned to Charlie when he came on the pitch, I think it was a corner kick or a free kick at that time, and I said ‘go to the box, make a good header and it’s 1-0.’ “Not at that time but later on yes.
“We know that we like to sign Charlie Austin because he creates numbers of goals and he showed it with Shane (Long) together in the last ten or 15 minutes they did a great job. It’s not fair to mention one player because the whole team did a great job.”
“We know they are under pressure and if you keep the organisation in your team they will be nervous and I think defensively we did a great job.
“Well deserved. I think we did a great job in our team spirit, we had a great spirit and belief and that makes the 1-0.”
Ronald Koeman also angrily refuted suggestions he is pushing to take over at Chelsea.Koeman was not impressed, and slammed suggestions he was angling to take over at Stamford Bridge following an interview he granted in Dutch.
“That’s always the problem if you do something in Dutch. Maybe they have some difficulties to translate it the right way in the newspaper.
“It’s all bulls*it.You write what you want, you can’t win against them and that’s the reason I don’t react about that.
“Everybody knows in Southampton that I am very happy in Southampton. Still one year of contract and I will continue in Southampton and what happens in the future nobody knows,” the former Holland star stated