Southampton must get over their self-inflicted defeat to Manchester United quickly

Metro

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman can’t believe what he is seeing (Picture: Reuters)

‘A defeat by any other name would smell as sweet’ or any other over romantic nonsense you feel necessary to apply to Southampton after Monday night’s floodlight robbery at St Mary’s.

Most thieves wear a stripy jumper and a mask, but Manchester United came in all blue and frankly made a royal mess of it, but then you don’t have to be an expert cat burglar if the homeowner opens the front door for you and then helps you sneak out the back.

Ronald Koeman was gutted last night, he and 30,000 others as rival Lois van Gaal headed back to Manchester with an inexplicable three points.

Saints should have won that game, and I defy even the most ardent Red Devil to suggest otherwise. They were the better team in every area of the pitch, dominating proceedings…

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