Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that there will be some late transfer activity at St. Mary's, ahead of the January window slamming shut on Thursday evening.

Although the Argentine boss is keen to stress that he's happy with his current squad, Pochettino admits that there is a possibility the Saints will see one or two new arrivals.

Speaking to the club's official website in the wake of their 2-1 defeat at Manchester United, Pochettino said: "Tomorrow we will have to make some decisions. We will see what we will do.

"It is clear that if someone does come it will be to improve the squad that we have, otherwise I am very happy and content with the squad that I have.

"There are some possibilities in the works and there are some players who are considering maybe leaving, so tomorrow will be an important day to make decisions."

After slipping to a narrow defeat against the Premier League leaders, Pochettino insists there are plenty of positives to take from the game, pointing to his sides second-half performance as case in point.

"I am very happy with the second half performance, which is how we want to play going forward," he told Saints Player.

"We have shown that we can play in a brave manner in a stadium such as Old Trafford, especially in the second half we played really well and I think that we deserved to take at least a point from the game.

"The changes had the impact that we were looking for, but the team seemed to let its hair down and push forward a lot more."

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise for Pochettino's side, claiming that Saints put up one of the best performances against the Red Devils this season.

But such words are of no comfort to Pochettino, who was clearly frustrated to have left Old Trafford empty-handed.

"I am very proud that he would say that about Southampton, that is very important for my players, but we still leave with nothing,” the Argentine highlighted.

"We did play well, but I am upset at not drawing at least so those words don’t really console me very much!"

Despite the defeat, there was some good news for the south coast outfit as club captain Adam Lallana made his long-awaited return from injury.

And Saints' 40-year-old manager was delighted with Lallana's display after six weeks on the sidelines.

"We are very happy that he is back and has recovered well because he is very important for Southampton," the gaffer explained. "Hopefully he can regain the rhythm to compete as best as he can."

Next up for Southampton is a trip to Wigan Athletic on Saturday, with the relegation rivals going head-to-head in a proverbial six-pointer.

If Pochettino's men can match their second-half performance at the DW Stadium this weekend, then Wigan may have problems trying to contain Southampton.

 


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