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Solskjaer expects difficult test against Southampton this weekend

Manchester United take on Southampton in on Sunday when they travel to the south coast.

The Reds will take some extra confidence from their 4-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night, but Southampton have been a strong outfit since the beginning of the 2020-21 league campaign.

They are on a seven-game unbeaten streak in the league — winning five of those matches — which has them just three points behind Premier League leaders Tottenham.

Solskjaer was asked about facing Southampton this weekend, at his press conference. It’s pretty clear from his comments that he is not underestimating Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.

The boss said, as quoted by Manchester Evening News: “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.”

He was also asked whether the fixture schedule help smaller sides more so than the likes of Manchester United, to which he replied: “I think this season is going to be unpredictable one. We want to be in Champions League, so a situation happy to be in.”

The Red Devils go into the game searching for their fourth consecutive win — after beating Everton, West Brom and Istanbul in recent weeks.

Solskjaer added: “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 the 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.”

Kick-off at St. Mary’s will take place at 14:00 GMT and fans in the UK can watch the game via Sky Sports. United fans can also follow our blog and Twitter feed for rolling updates.

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