Southampton boss Ralph Hassentol at Manchester United’s top festival

‘They were celebrating like a Premier League win’: Southampton skipper Ralph Hassenuttle reacted to Manchester United’s over-the-top reaction after their last-gasp win.

Ralph Hassenhuttel believes his Southampton players should take Manchester United’s enthusiastic celebration as a compliment to the defeat after their last breath.

Southampton got off to a perfect start at St. Mary’s on Sunday, with Jane Bednarek and James Ward-Prous leading the hosts 23-0 to 23-0.

However, second-seeded Ole Gunnar Salzcazar’s side made an inspiring comeback, with Bruno Fernandes wrapping up three before hitting super-sub-Edinson Cavani twice – including an injury-time effort – to secure three points.

Manchester United celebrate after last breathe 3-2 against Southampton

Despite the defeat, it was difficult for Hassenhattal and his Southampton players, who are fifth in the Premier League, to take over.

And after the final whistle, Hassenhattel took a swipe at United for their top-notch ceremony at St. Mary’s.

Hasenhattal says: ‘You can hear them celebrating in the dressing room. You know what you did today and how tough the opponents were because they celebrated like a Premier League win.

‘It was the thing for me because it was definitely a statement when they were celebrating like they were because it was tough.

‘They had to play their best to win against us and we can be proud of how we played.

Ralph Hassenhuttal shows his stagnation after Southampton's two-goal lead

Ralph Hassenhuttal shows his stagnation after Southampton’s two-goal lead

‘We had some great moments – at best I think we can fight for this. I am very happy with what we can play today.

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‘For 2-2, that’s fine for us, but then we conceded the third goal. We played as well as we can today.

“Everything is possible against this national team but we have seen a great side.”

Southampton will be desperate to bounce back when they face Brighton next Monday at the Amex Stadium in the Premier League.

Meanwhile United – who are now in eighth place after the win – will host Cavani’s former club Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Edinson Cavani scored twice, including the injury-time winner, after coming off the bench

Edinson Cavani scored twice, including the injury-time winner, after coming off the bench

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