Southampton’s victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday impressed Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock.
The narrow victory margin does not eclipse the fact that Southampton deserved to pick up the three points at Old Trafford and were very impressive.
Dusan Tadic’s goal in the 69th minute saw the Saints win their first league game against United at Old Trafford in 27 years, leading Blackstock to back them for a top-four finish.
Blackstock, a former Southampton striker, also underlined the fact that manager Louis van Gaal has now collected the same number of points after 21 Premier League matches as predecessor David Moyes did during his time in charge of the Manchester outfir.
The saints go marching in!! Man U not even a shot on target that's unbelievable!! Top 4 real possibility now #saints— Dexter Blackstock (@dexblackstock23) January 11, 2015
It's amazing how media and reputation can make you look at mangers differently LVG and Moyes have exactly the same points at this stage!!!— Dexter Blackstock (@dexblackstock23) January 11, 2015
And LVG has broke the bank too— Dexter Blackstock (@dexblackstock23) January 11, 2015
Blackstock does indeed have a point. Van Gaal signed a number of players in the summer transfer window, while Moyes’s major recruitment in the summer of 2013 was a certain Marouane Fellaini.
Judged only on the number of points, Van Gaal and Moyes would be on a par, but the Dutchman’s pedigree cannot be ignored.
The main reason why everyone has faith in the 63-year-old is that he has the experience of handing big clubs and tough situations.
Moreover, last season Moyes failed to lead United to the top four of the Premier League. There is still some way to go in this campaign.