Man United vs Southampton – Pre-match briefing – Solskjaer

Manchester United, who are winless in their last two matches host Southampton on Tuesday, as the Red Devils try to keep up with their noisy neighbours at the top of the table. Solskjaer’s men are four points behind Manchester City following their goalless draw against Arsenal over the weekend.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the match, Ole Gunnar Soslkjaer provided updates on transfers, title race, injuries and what to expect from their opponents.

On transfers

We’ve made decisions we feel have been good for individuals and us as well, with the young players moving on, with Garner, Chong, Mengi, Pellistri getting the chance to play more football has been important for us and our group is a tight knit group, we don’t have too many players in excess and hopefully Jesse can get going and play well at West Ham as well.”

On injuries

Apart from the wear and tear and quick turnaround everyone should be available, they’re not injured anyway, it’s just a matter of energy levels and see how they feel tomorrow, no new fresh injuries anyway.

It’s not been time to do a lot on the training pitch, the boys that played are still on the recovery track from Sat night but they have to prepare for the game tomorrow night, it’s right in between for them, the session was light but some scored goals, wanna get that mojo back, that spark, created enough chances to score the goals now it’s about feeling good, taking a deep breath and putting the ball between the posts.”

On title race

We should just focus on ourselves, take one game at a time and not talk about title, play well, keep improving, for us it’s to get momentum back on, performances and continue where we’ve been.

On United’s way forward

We wanna keep on trying to dominate games, we need a little bit of brightness, spark up the last third, take chances, I don’t like to bring these up – the momentum shifted for us with the Sheffield United game – but I’ve got the delegates report through from the ref and the two decisions were wrong – they admitted their goal should have been disallowed and ours should have stood.

That’s a big, big momentum changer for us, when you go 1-0 up and that’s fine margins and it has been the way this season, you hit the post, it foes in or out, sometimes you’re lucky sometimes not, gotta focus on this game and results and performances will come.

On Southampton

I expect them to have a similar team to what we played against, a strong XI, they’ve got many injuries over the course of the season with the football they play, high intensity, direct, loads of energy, they’ve had a patch with loads of injuries, when players come back, come back too early, I’ve been lucky in that respect, strong and fit and healthy squad.

They’ve had to ask a few times I’ve had to leave players out with a few niggles. Hopefully they can get theirs fit soon because this season is relentless.

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