Ole Gunnar Solskjaer exclusive Q and A to preview Man Utd v Southampton


As you’ve said before, every team in this league is capable of causing problems…
“Yes and there are so many games in such a short space of time and anything can happen. You can have a bad day or a bad decision against you, so we have to be ready for everything and I feel our players are. We know that we have to earn the right to win, especially against teams that make it difficult for you with a fantastic shape and the way they’re working together. We’ll have to earn a good performances and hopefully that will get us a result.”

You were able to name the same starting XI for the fourth consecutive Premier League game, which hasn’t happened since 2006. I don’t want to pre-empt your team news but if everyone is fit, are you looking to keep this team together?
“I can’t really say at the moment if everyone is 100 per cent fit. There is a little bit of wear and tear when you play that many games but there are players there who come in and do well and want to play. So if we make one or two changes, I’m sure the ones who come in will have a point to prove, but then again in these last four games they’ve been excellent in the league and we want to keep that performance going. But we also know that the players who haven’t been involved this season are more than capable.”

It’s a big week ahead with Southampton, Crystal Palace and the FA Cup semi-final isn’t it?
“It is but we don’t want to think that far ahead. We just want to concentrate on Southampton, then when that game is over we focus on Palace, then we focus on Chelsea, then West Ham, then Leicester. Of course the scheduling could have been better for us, but what’s the reason for thinking about that? I think our boys are ready for that challenge. They’ve worked really hard over lockdown and will be ready to put a shift in when needed.”


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