Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expecting a ‘difficult game’ at Southampton this weekend and is ruling out a repeat of Manchester United’s rout of the Saints last season.
United equalled the Premier League‘s biggest ever winning margin after thrashing Southampton 9-0 at Old Trafford in February, in a game that saw the Saints finish with nine men and have teenager Alexandre Jankewitz sent off after just two minutes.
The defeat was the second time that Southampton have lost 9-0 in the past two seasons, but Solskjaer is not anticipating a repeat of the club’s collapse as his side visit St Mary’s this weekend.
The Norwegian believes his side’s rout of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team was a ‘one off’ and believes his players must try and silence the home crowd on Sunday as Southampton prepare to welcome back fans for the first time in 18 months.
“That game was a one-off,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference.
“That’s a special game when you have a lad sent off in the first minute.
“With Ralph’s teams you get high energy, high pressing and belief in themselves. They give you a great challenge. We know every time we travel down there it’s a very difficult game.
“You want to silence the home crowd. I know that’s not going to happen when it’s the first game at St. Mary’s in 18 months, it will be loud, but we have to do that. We have to manage the game so that the away fans are the ones that are heard.”