Southampton defender Stephens: We don't fear Man Utd - nor Greenwood
Jul 14 2020
A busy start from Southampton led to the visitors taking an early lead through Stuart Armstrong but United hit back, Anthony Martial teeing up Marcus Rashford for the equaliser before scoring his 50th Premier League goal to put the hosts in front.
"Every game is a final and we have to get the result that we need, that's the mindset. We don't get too many injuries, so there's no reason to change too much when you're doing well". That's the way we're working and you've got to plan for different scenarios.
Failing to qualify for next season's Champions League would not cause Manchester United to panic and alter their plans in the transfer market, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Saturday.
Fifth would be enough for Champions League qualification if City are banned next season and Solskjaer was asked if returning to European football's top table would have dramatic effect on the club in the short term.
"But, the uncertainty of dates, how much holiday can you given them, how will next season look like, it's still a little bit up in the air".
"I don't think it's like dramatic decisions, the word you said there", he said.
Solskjaer's decision to keep things unchanged for the visit of Southampton demonstrates the superb form his team have been in since the restart, with the introduction of Bruno Fernandes and the emergence of Mason Greenwood helping deliver significant improvement in performances.
"I don't think the club would panic or go insane with plans that we've already talked about for years to come", he said.
United made history by becoming the first Premier League team to win four consecutive matches by a margin of three or more goals last week against Aston Villa and victory tonight would move them up to third in the Premier League.
"But some short-term decisions will be easier to make if you get the Champions League". If we have a day off, he'll go and play football with his mates.