Southampton's Michael Obafemi celebrates after scoring the second goal against Manchester United July 14, 2020. ― Reuters pic
Southampton’s Michael Obafemi celebrates after scoring the second goal against Manchester United July 14, 2020. ― Reuters pic

LONDON, July 14 ― Southampton’s performances since the Premier League restart are a credit to manager Ralph Hasenhuettl and the team has the potential to finish in the top half of the table next season, club great Matt Le Tissier has said.

Southampton have lost just once since the league resumed following the Covid-19 shutdown, winning three matches and drawing twice, including a 2-2 draw at Manchester United today.

“It’s professional pride, but it’s also what the manager instils in them, wants from them and demands from them,” Le Tissier, who scored 209 goals for Southampton during his 16 years at the club, said.

Hasenhuettl also guided Southampton to a 1-0 win over second-placed Manchester City earlier this month and Le Tissier said their form against the top sides showed what they could accomplish.

“When you look at what we’ve been capable of in the past few weeks ― we’ve just played City at home, Manchester United away, Everton away,” he said.

“Unbeaten with five points, you look at that and think if you take that form into next season, what can we realistically achieve? From what I’ve seen, I’d expect a top-half finish.”

Southampton, who are 12th, host Brighton & Hove Albion on Thursday. ― Reuters