Hasenhuttl hoping for ‘promising end’ to tough Saints campaign

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Hasenhuttl hoping for ‘promising end’ to tough Saints campaign

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is aiming for a winning end to the Premier League season following a rollercoaster campaign.

The south coast outfit were top of the league in November but swiftly slid down the table after a poor 2021.

on Tuesday night was just their fourth league win since the turn of the year.


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They endured a disastrous start at St Mary’s as Christian Benteke put in front after just two minutes.

Southampton failed to clear, allowing the Belgian striker to find space in the box and fire past keeper Fraser Forster.

Hasenhuttl’s side got level not long afterwards through talisman Danny Ings. After returning from a hamstring injury, he proved his worth to the club once again by pulling off a nice touch and sending a shot past Vicente Guaita.

The Eagles had the chance to regain their lead before half-time as Wilfried Zaha won a penalty. But Forster had done his homework on Luka Milivojevic’s technique and saved well to maintain the Saints’ lead.

In the second half, Che Adams made it 2-1 before Ings got on the scoresheet again, wrapping up the home win.

Speaking after the match, Hasenhuttl said: “It is the worst thing that should happen, they always score very early, it didn’t kill our game plan because we knew we would have a lot of possession and try to create chances.

“We could have scored even more. We tried to move them around and they had big problems with our attacking stuff. We needed Fraser Forster before half-time because the penalty save was important, then the start for a very lively second half, creating some very good chances. A good evening.”

When asked about striker Ings, Hasenhuttl added: “No big gamble because I left him out against Liverpool and he wanted to play, I knew against Palace I needed his quality in the box and this is what we got today. It is good to see and good for the team. This is Danny Ings.”

Speaking about the remainder of the season, the manager said: “To bring as many points in as possible, climb a few positions, we know we have had some issues since Christmas – 2020 was fantastic and 2021 so far not, it is now time to turn it around and have a promising ending.

“We will not forget what problems we have and to try to solve them in the summer – we have a small squad and need more players.”

The Saints’ next match is against relegated Fulham on Saturday.

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Maguire suffers ankle ligament damage ahead of Europa final

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Maguire suffers ankle ligament damage ahead of Europa final

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed skipper Harry Maguire suffered ankle ligament damage in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Aston Villa.

The centre-back has been an integral part of the Man Utd team in the past few seasons, with the clash against Leicester being his first league game on the bench in two years.

Maguire was on the verge of becoming the first outfield player to complete 72 consecutive Premier League matches for before he was forced off late against Villa.


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Speaking about Maguire ahead of the Leicester game, Solskjaer told MUTV: “Obviously we’ve had scans and the good news is there’s no fracture.

“(There is) ligament damage and hopefully we’ll see him again this season. Hopefully ready for the final.”

The player now faces a race to be fit for the Europa League final on May 26. The Red Devils will play Unai Emery’s Villarreal, who toppled in the semi-final with a .

Maguire being fully fit would be a huge boost for Solskjaer ahead of the final. He’s looked solid alongside Victor Lindelof this campaign, helping the team to have the third best defensive record in the division.

on Tuesday evening, although they conceded an early goal thanks to Leicester youngster Luke Thomas.

Solskjaer would rather go for his favoured Maguire-Lindelof partnership in the final as they have a better chance of keeping Villarreal’s forwards at bay.

Solskjaer is joined by England boss Gareth Southgate in the agonising wait on Maguire’s fitness.

He will name his Three Lions squad for the European Championship on May 25, giving Maguire two weeks to determine his presence at the tournament.

If the defender misses out then Southgate will likely have to use an extra player in his squad.

He’s allowed 26, rather than the standard 23, due to the hectic season that teams across Europe have had to endure.

John Stones has been solid next to Ruben Dias at Manchester City and is an almost certain starter.

He could play alongside Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings, Wolves’ Conor Coady or Everton’s Ben Godfrey.

Mings’ partner at Villa Park, Ezri Konsa, .

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