Hasenhüttl's Man United press conference round-up

By SFC Media time Fri 01 Mar Man Utd v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Ralph Hasenhüttl

We bring you the key points from Ralph Hasenhüttl's press conference, as the Saints boss takes his squad to OId Trafford on a high following Wednesday night's big win against Fulham at St Mary's.

On squad condition…

"I knew about the “Old Trafford Syndrome” where everybody wants to be fit so they can play there although, unfortunately, I must say that Danny (Ings) and Mario (Lemina) have not been training with the squad.

"The rest passed the last game healthy and we have no more injuries. It’s for me to decide whether to bring fresh players in or keep the team that was successful on Wednesday." 

On the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri..

"It’s always disappointing to hear a colleague losing their job; he was delightful and sympathetic, it was nice to meet a great gentleman. It’s a pity but that’s the business; they had good results in the beginning but that’s the crucial thing, if you are in a bad position and you have to come back again, it’s a long and tough way." 

On Maya Yoshida...

"It was not possible to bring Maya back sooner after he was involved in the Asian Cup, maybe a game or so earlier: don’t forget that we put together a very good run in his absence with wins against Everton and Leicester."

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Maya Yoshida of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Fulham FC at St Mary's Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Maya Yoshida impressed on Wednesday night against Fulham in his first Saints appearance since 2 January.

"That was not really a reason to change and I’m not the kind of manager who kills a player after making one mistake. We have a young team and we know that young players sometimes are more prone to mistakes than experienced players.

"If you have a manager who tries to develop them, I should be the guy who doesn’t kill them after one mistake.

"Maya knows that, he was very open-minded and knew the risk that if he went and the team played well then, he would not return to the team immediately. We know his quality and with his experience in the last game, he was very important for us." 

On Ole Gunnar Solskjær...

"I think they will (appoint him permanently): to be unbeaten to now is amazing and outrageous. With his history as a player and now doing it as a manager, you can’t have better signs to be the next man. 

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Mario Lemina of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Moorhouse/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Managerial changes for both sides quickly followed December's 2-2 draw in this fixture earlier in the season.

"We spoke about the time of Alex Ferguson where nobody wanted to go there because there was nothing for you; in the years after this myth is not as strong because other teams could take points there. They are going back to the old ways where it is hard to take points from them.

"As a manager and my team, we don’t think this way: we can be a good opponent in every stadium for every team if we are well organised – like against Chelsea – so I am positive. We got a very important win on Wednesday and we can play with not much pressure because no one expects anything from us. I don’t know how they estimate us but we have shown that we can take points from away games." 

On the race to stay up...

"I know that it will be a tough race until the end. Against the next two opponents, any point is a bonus. The battle will go on after the Tottenham game when we will face teams we need to take points from around us. It’s fantastic for the players to go there now after Fulham because we can be brave and enjoy the game and maybe make a big surprise.

"We know how difficult it could be for us to stay in the league let alone Huddersfield and Fulham who are behind us. I think you need 40 to be safe and they both need over 20 to get there. I can’t imagine Man Utd or Liverpool would take that many in the last 10 games but it’s not my job to talk about other teams.

"We are targeting 40 points, so we need 13 more and the sooner we get the wins to get there the better." 

On James Ward-Prowse and England...

"Prowsey has developed brilliantly; we have found a position that shows his threat in front of the goal which nobody had really seen before. It’s always the same in football; if you perform well, then suddenly wins or international selection quickly follows." 


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