Dusan Tadic has revealed the reasons why he ripped his shirt off after scoring what would turn out to be the winning goal in Southampton's game against Manchester United.
The Serbian international came off the bench to grab the game's only goal and did not hesitate to take off his shirt and address the crowd. He was booked for the celebration and was later criticised by Saints boss Ronald Koeman.
However, Tadic has no regrets over the celebration, admitting he wanted to show the 75,000 strong crowd at Old Trafford who was boss. He also denied that he wanted to copy the actions of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Balotelli.
"I wanted to show Manchester United fans how strong I am and who's the boss at Old Trafford"
Asking if he was copying the egomaniacs of football, Tadic told reporters: "No, I wanted to show Manchester United fans how strong I am and who's the boss at Old Trafford.
"I didn't really plan it or think about the way I would celebrate if I scored. It was a spur of the moment thing.
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"I also want to thank our fans for their fantastic support, they were outnumbered by United supporters by 10 to one but were more vociferous and carried us throughout the match."
Tadic has been a prominent figure at St Mary's so far this season, making an instant impact after arriving from FC Twente last summer in an £11 million deal. His goal against Manchester United help Southampton into third place and bagged him a place in the club's folklore.
He compounded Manchester United's misery, who now have exactly the same points as they had under David Moyes last season. Moyes was later sacked for his poor performance but a more favourable Premier League table seems to have spared Louis van Gaal comparable criticism.
Tadic has certainly put Van Gaal at least a step closer to the Old Trafford exit door, however. Manchester United officials are unlikely to accept a finishing position outside the top four and a fight with Arsenal for that final fourth place looks too close to call.
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