Solskjaer wants to extend Manchester United’s winning run

Manchester United, who have won their last three games across all competition take on an impressive Southampton side who are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side have had a great start to their campaign, picking up five wins to place them fifth on the table.

Speaking ahead of the game against Southampton, Solskjaer provided updates on team selection, their opponent and team performance. The Norwegian started off by paying tribute to Diego Maradona who passed away due to a cardiac arrest. The Manchester United manager said “It was a sad day, for me Diego Maradona will always be the best player I’ve seen live. A guy with unbelievable talent on the pitch, a smile always when you saw him. For me he will be the best that ever played football.”

On Southamton

A difficult one. Over last 30, 40 game block they are one of the top teams. Made great improvements so we know how difficult it will be. Drew twice with them last season. It is similar to when Jurgen came to Liverpool. Likes pressing, front foot, aggressive. Difficult to play against if you dwell on the ball. Very interesting to watch their progress under Ralph. I an a big admirer of the physical attributes they have in their team

On injuries and team news

Scott and Paul they didn’t train this morning, not on the grass. Very unlikely for the weekend. Marcus, Victor, Aaron should be okay but not 100%. Luke has started rehab on the grass, not with the squad. We played on Tuesday then we don’t have game until Sunday so it is strange for us, even gave boys one day off! Both Van de Beek and Cavani available to play.

On return of fans

“I think so, very pleased we are making progress letting fans in gradually.We can’t wait to see our own fans at Old Trafford.”

On team performance and winning run

“Of course we want the run to continue but we know how well Southampton have done in the last year or so. We have good away record and we are up there since turn of January. We have been pushing up the table, and we are getting that consistency. It is a nice challenge and a good test for us to see if we have learnt our lessons.”

On January transfers

“Hard to predict the financial situation of other teams. I don’t predict a lot of ins and outs, the football world has changed. Depends on injury situations etc. I am very happy with my squad, we are getting stronger. I feel I am in a good position.”

On comparisons of Bruno with Ronaldo

He does have that presence. Just look at the results since he came in. He is a team player, which is key for us now. I wasn’t looking forward to telling Bruno he was resting vs Leipzig, but he took it really well.”

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