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Koeman hails ‘unbelievable spirit’ of Southampton’s history makers

first_imgSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman hailed the “unbelievable spirit” of his players after they toppled Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.Dusan Tadic sealed the match with a composed finish in the second half, sending Saints above United into third in the Premier League table.And, despite admitting his side enjoyed a little bit of luck, the 51-year-old claimed his team were worthy winners.“We defended well and the spirit was unbelievable from the players. We were a little bit lucky, but remember in our last game [against Manchester United] that United were the lucky ones.“If you win then you deserve to win.  It is a compliment to our players on how they played with very good organisation today.”And the Dutchman admitted he was not surprised to see his side win at Old Trafford for the first time in 27 years, because of the positive performances against Arsenal and Chelsea in recent weeks.“We know that we have a strong team and we know that it was important at the end of December that we got a point against Chelsea and the three points against Arsenal.“It shows good belief from the players and that’s always what you need if you are not a big club and you have to play against a big one.“The players are not afraid of the name or the stadium and we’ve learned that in the last few weeks so I’m not surprised we won today.”Tadic’s winner sparked an over-zealous celebration from the Serbian winger, in which he was shown a yellow card for removing his shirt, and Koeman revealed his distaste for the 26-year-old’s actions.“It’s a stupid yellow card, it’s his fault. When it’s in the last minute of the season and you qualify for European football then it’s no problem, but I don’t like it. Keep that shirt on.“I can’t change that [celebration] on the bench but I can tell him now that I don’t like it.”last_img read more