Southampton 2 United 3: Ole's press conference
The manager's press conference is a must-watch following the stunning success at St Mary's...
On comeback and Cavani: “I thought we played all day, you know. We created some good chances. Of course, they have the quality of Ward-Prowse which is always difficult to defend against. Coming in at half-time, we had to make changes. Edinson made a great impact. He’s one of the best and cleverest movers in the box. He can peel of you, he can get in front of you. Sometimes it works for you and he certainly had an impact today. On Cavani being like Ole - super-sub mad by another “We’re not the same types of players. I’ve not made him, he’s made himself. He reminds me of Andy by the way with his movement inside the box, he’s so sharp, clever, great timing… He’s not learned of me because he wasn’t ready when the second half started. I was always ready and had studs on, so he made us wait a little bit too much for my liking. Was this as well as you have played this season? Subs thinking. “When you’re 2-0 down… As you say, I felt we played really well. We created big moments, big chances but we didn’t really have that killer instinct. You could call it tactical, obviously David got injured and with Edinson, we just wanted him on. We also knew it was going to be a matter of fitness. To keep the likes of Donny, Fred and Nemanja on the pitch, you feel that was going to be important so I had to take one of the forwards off and we made the decision that we made. Cavani - is it partly his work rate / desire - infectious for oter players “He’s got all the attributes for a top class footballer. And human being. He’s had a great career and scored goals wherever he’s been. He’s so professional, so meticulously in his preparation, in his recovery, what he does at meal times, before the game, during the game… So I was surprised when he didn’t have his boots on when the second half started. Also, to have a focal point in the box is important for us, we’ve not really had that since Romelu left. Anthony, Marcus, Mason, they’re different types of forwards. He gives us a great balance and a mix, so we wanted to mix it up and had an impact. David - injury update Knock, just above the knee. We’re going to have a scan on him tomorrow, hopefully he can be ready for Wednesday but I can’t promise you anything now. Dean came on, very assured, and had a couple of half-saves to make but he was tidy, same with the ball in the feet as well. Cavani - types of goals you were looking for? Sometimes… When we’ve scored goals, it had to be the “perfect” goal, walking it in, with an extra pass and a great skill. Edinson has been around the block and scored so many goals and played football for so long. He’s been between those posts so many times, he’s seen this game before, he’s scored that goal before. He knows exactly where to move and his best friend in the box is what Sir Alex always used to tell me “your best friend in the box is space”, and he gets into that space with perfect timing. Come from behind to win - rediscovered never say die spirit? That’s a very important trait and one we always should have, never to give up, never to give in. I don’t know how many times I was on the pitch and we came back and came back to win. We had a manager who never allowed anyone to ever give up and I have to say that’s one of my values. If you don’t play well, at least work hard, never give in and show that you give everything for the team. Even though we played really well today, I think we showed our character to dig in when the result looked to go against us. Update on missing players pre PSG Anthony had to stay in the hotel, he got ill over night. He’s down here still. Paul and Scott, hopefully they can start training with us tomorrow, I don’t know. But hopefully. Luke, I think is out still, we’re not 100 per cent sure. Jones is out. David, I don’t know how he’ll react to his knock and Alex [Telles] had an issue towards the end but hopefully won’t be too bad.