Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reported no new injury concerns ahead of Manchester United’s game against Southampton on Monday evening.
United have won their last four Premier League goals by a 3+ goal margin with the same XI, and Solskjaer has the choice to select another unchanged side against the Saints at Old Trafford.
The Norwegian boss could break a 27-year record at the club by naming a fifth consecutive unchanged team on Monday, in what is the first fixture of three in a defining week for United.
As noted by the Manchester Evening News, Sir Alex Ferguson was the last United manager to name the same line-up five times in a row, all the way back in 1993.
Solskjaer discussed the possibility of naming the same team that defeated Aston Villa four days earlier while previewing the Southampton fixture.
“There are so many things you have to consider when you manage a team,” Solskjaer said in Saturday morning’s press conference, as quoted by the MEN.
“And, of course, there’s a squad; we’ve got players here who are champing at the bit to play. But you have players in rhythm who keep on playing well, so there’s less work on the training ground, obviously.
“There are loads of decisions to be made but they make it easier by playing well and performing well and looking after themselves. We don’t get too many injuries, so there’s no reason to change too much when you’re doing well.”
The continuity in selection is largely why United have been so impressive since last month’s restart. United players are forming partnerships and understandings are developing across the pitch.
Given that there are no injury problems, it would frankly be a surprise to see any changes against an in-form Southampton side.
But Solskjaer will also be aware of the need to utilise his squad with United playing three times in six days. The Reds face Crystal Palace away on Thursday before their FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.
We expect Solskjaer to perhaps rest some players against Palace so they are fresh for the encounter against Frank Lampard’s side.