Mark Hughes
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Mark Hughes, Manager of Southampton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Southampton manager Mark Hughes insists the manner of his team’s performance during their 2-2 draw against Manchester United shows their determination.

Hughes has been under immense pressure with the team struggling for wins and currently find themselves in the relegation zone.

However, the team’s performances seemed to improve on Saturday and, despite the disappointment of giving up a two-goal lead, a 2-2 draw with Manchester United on home soil was still a decent result and the club’s supporters were appreciative.

Hughes said, according to Daily Echo:

“People keep on talking about this pressure on me. Pressure comes when you don’t get the results.”

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“There are a lot of clubs down and around us that are underachieving, and I think the perception is that we should be doing better. Is that realistic? I don’t know because we finished 17th last year and we are in and around that area at the moment.”

“We all feel we are playing better than we did last year and it’s a slow process and we can’t change overnight to be a top six club like this club has been in the past because we haven’t got that capability yet.”

“We can come again and be better but at the moment people think they can raise the pressure and question my position. I understand it because I think we are better than where we are and we should be higher in the league.”

“In comparison to last year are there are other clubs who did better last year and are underachieving this year? Yes, but the focus isn’t on their club, it’s on our club for whatever reason.”

“I will deal with it. It’s not a problem. You can see by the manner of the performances and what the players are giving that everybody is fully engaged and trying to push this club to where it needs to be. I am part of that and so are my staff.”