13 Jan 2023
UTILITA PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: SOUTHAMPTON
The League Managers Association’s panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Chris Hughton, Rachel Yankey, Les Ferdinand, Clare Tomlinson, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry has determined that the Utilita Performance of the Week Award should go to Southampton for their 2-0 victory against Manchester City on Wednesday 11th January 2023.
Southampton manager Nathan Jones will receive the Utilita Performance of the Week trophy.
Southampton pulled off a major upset as they stunned competition favourites Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, with a scintillating display at St Mary’s.
Saints advanced to the last four thanks a 2-0 victory, with Sékou Mara bagging his first goal for the club and Moussa Djenepo producing an audacious finish from long range to give Nathan Jones’s side an early lead that they would not relinquish.
It takes the club to within a step of a first major final in six years, having also made it to all the way to Wembley in the same competition in 2017, while the result will also provide a timely boost ahead of a return to a crucial run of league games.
Jones made five changes from the side that had progressed through the third round of the FA Cup a few days earlier, at Crystal Palace, as Kyle Walker-Peters, Djenepo, Ibrahima Diallo, Roméo Lavia and Mara came into the team.