Koeman: "How can you sign that kind of players, and not be fighting to win titles"


Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has turned up the heat on Man United and Louis van Gaal.

Ronald Koeman's side face Manchester United on Sunday at Old Trafford and the Saints boss insists with the amount of money his compatriot 'Louis van Gaal' spent last summer following his arrival at the club, United should be challenging for the Barclays Premier League title.

Some would call this a mind game the Southampton manager is trying to play ahead of a tough fixture at Manchester, you could also say the Southampton boss could be right.

One thing we know at the minute is that the Reds are nine points behind league leaders Chelsea and Manchester City who are on 46 points while Southampton are ten points behind the table toppers in fourth position.

However, Koeman believes the Red Devils boss has no excuse for not challenging for the title this season.

'They have great players so it's normal that they will fight for titles,' Koeman said in his press conference.

'They have to. How you can spend that money, how can you sign that kind of players, and not be fighting to win titles?

'Everything is up to Manchester United. They have a very successful coach, they have great players, they have money, they have great fans, a great stadium. It's normal that you win titles.

'We had some problems in the past. We shake hands and I hope he will do well with United. It would be special to beat him, but I lost the last time and we try to put it right this time.'

At the St Mary's, when Koeman's side hosted United back in December, the Reds won 2-1 as Robin van Persie's two goals secured the three points for Van Gaal's team.

But on Sunday Southampton have a chance to go into third place or if Van Gaal's team win, they go four points clear of the south coast club.

Koeman added: 'I believe we belong in the top four. I hope the players show that as well. Our recent victory against Arsenal was important and the draw with Chelsea.

'We didn't have that kind of result before the United game last time. We lost because of our mistakes and the individual qualities of their players. That's the difference. We can beat them.

'I believe we can make it very difficult for them.'

Written by @Chukkymufc


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