Davis Talks Man U & Van Dijk
Northern Ireland midfielder has said Southampton are looking to cause an upset when we face Manchester United this weekend and also how easily Virgil van Dijk has reintegrated back into first team life following the summer shenanigans.
Speaking to the Daily Echo ahead of the visit of unbeaten Manchester United to St Mary's on Saturday, Davis knew it was not going to be an easy game at all given our goal struggles and their free scoring form but he knows we have the quality in the group to cause them problems and he's convinced we will click in front of the net ourselves.
'We`re always going in to these games trying to win. It doesn`t always work out like that, but we`re trying to win. That goes without saying and we want some big scalps this season, we`ve managed to do that in previous seasons and there`s no reason why we can`t do it again. Every game in the Premier League, whether it`s against one of the top six or any position in the league, it always has its difficulties. You need to be at your best. There`s such fine lines in the Premier League to get results and you just need to go out and get everything right on the day.'
With the game set for a sell out Davis also spoke about the difference the fans can make.
'It`s great if you can create that hostile atmosphere. It gives the home team such a backing as well, and really pushes them on. Not only when you`re winning or when you`re hanging on to the result but whenever you`re trying to get that energy from the crowd. You need that. It`s important, though, on both sides of the coin, that the players give the fans energy and on the other side the fans give the players energy and use that.'
'It`s going to be a hugely difficult game for us but we believe we`ve got the quality to beat any team in the league. We need to show it now. Obviously they`re playing with a lot of confidence and they`re playing as if they all know their roles within the side - they look very structured. It`s going to be a hugely tough game. We`re not underestimating them but we also believe we can cause them problems. For us it`s about getting that balance right.'
As for van Dijk, Davis went on to say that a lot of the speculation in the press had been wide of the mark as the Dutchman is now 'determined to give his all' and regain his first team place following the closure of the transfer window.
'It`s been a smooth transition. A lot more has been of it in the media than there has been here. But ultimately we`re delighted that he`s back in. He`s determined to give his all and fight for his place. It`s a great boost for us to be able to keep hold of him.'