Puel rues missed chances

Claude Puel

Southampton manager Claude Puel thought his side played some good football in their 2-0 defeat at Manchester United and is optimistic about the future.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice, once from the penalty spot, as Jose Mourinho’s side made it two wins from their first two Premier League matches of the campaign following last Sunday’s 3-1 triumph at Bournemouth. United are currently available at 11/4 to win the 2016/17 Premier League title outright.

However, Saints had their chances and Dusan Tadic had an effort rightly ruled ruled out for offside just before Jordy Clasie brought Luke Shaw down inside the penalty area, Ibrahimovic tucking away the spot-kick to make it 2-0.

Speaking afterwards, Puel said: “We have a lot of regrets, because we had many situations and created some good opportunities, but we didn’t take them and score.

“We played with quality, good control and good passes and had many situations which is positive, but we needed to take one of them, of course.

“It’s important now to correct some details, but there were positives for the future. We have to score when we create the chances.”

Southampton are 4/5 to clinch a top-half finish this season after being held to a 1-1 by Watford at St Mary’s last week. They face Sunderland in their third match of the campaign next weekend.