Man United vs Southampton – Pre-match briefing – Solskjaer

Having equalled their all time club record with a thumping 9-0 win over Southampton, an in-form Manchester United host Everton on Saturday. The Red Devils will be hoping to secure a win against an inconsistent Everton side to reduce the gap with table toppers Manchester City, who will be travelling to Anfield to play against the reigning champions.

Speaking ahead of their game against Everton, Ole Gunnar Soslkjaer answered questions on injuries, momentum, home form, Ancelotti’s impact at Everton.

On injuries

Edinson should be available, yeah, definitely, he got a bad ankle knock, Eric (Bally) is a doubt, apart from that everyone’s raring to go.

On 100th Premier League game as manager

I’m a bit older and wiser hopefully and a lot more grey up top but I’ve really enjoyed it, didn’t know it was my 100th game, what you learn is the game is working so much quicker you gotta keep up with the pace.”

The difference from when I started in 2014 with Cardiff to now is a different ball game, players get better and better, fitter and fitter, more tactical. I’ve enjoyed not every one of them, but testing yourself against good coaches and managers

On home form

Consistency of course is vital, done really well away from home, bounced back after Sheffield United defeat, ready to kick on, move on, get momentum. We play every two or four days but if we get the consistency and morale and confidence up who knows.”

It’s about doing the right things, creating good habits every day on the training pitch, keep repeating stuff, against Southampton we practiced a lot of our attacking against 10 men, deep block and after scoring one or two you can drop your shoulders and enjoy it, the result is there for you, learned it and moved on.”

On Carlo Ancelotti’s impact at Everton

He’s a manager that you really look up to and respect, he’s a winner everywhere he’s been, he’s influenced PSG, what he started there, what he’s done at AC Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid, you can see that at Everton as well, started the season fantastically, won last four away games, a team you know you’re in for a battle when you play against.

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