Friday Briefing: When does Ole face the media?
An eventful November comes to an end with a trip to the south coast as Manchester United take on Southampton at St. Mary’s in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Reds head into the 14:00 GMT kick-off full of confidence, after beating Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1 at Old Trafford in midweek. Goals from Bruno Fernandes (two), Marcus Rashford and Daniel James secured three important points in Champions League Group H.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope his side will be able to produce a similar display against Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team, who sit fifth in the Premier League table.
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United are unbeaten against the Saints in nine games across all competitions, with our last loss coming in January 2016. Ole is unbeaten against Hasenhüttl with a win and two draws for the three meetings between them.
One of those who impressed against the Turkish champions on Tuesday was Donny van de Beek. The Dutch midfielder is looking forward to another important game, this time in the Premier League.
“Yes, of course, I’m really happy,” Donny said about the mood in the camp going into the weekend.
“I think if you make a victory like what we did that night, 4-1, then it’s normal that everyone is happy."
Van de Beek also paid tribute to the football legend Maradona who sadly passed away on Wednesday.
"Of course, he is one of the best players. All over the world it was a really difficult day for all football players. He is one of the best so we think about him and his family," said Donny.
"I watch, on YouTube, his videos and see directly he was amazing. If I listen to my family, my father, he was his idol so he told me a lot about him."
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY?
The Reds will put in the hard work at the Aon Training Complex this Friday morning as the squad try to make the team selection as hard as possible for Ole.
The boss will then face the media at lunchtime to preview our meeting with the Saints and fans can watch his press conference live via MUTV, ManUtd.com and our Official App at 13:30 GMT.
We published a preview of our match against Southampton where you find out all you need to know about the game.
It was also announced that Greater Manchester will go into Tier 3 once lockdown ends on 2 December. That means sadly we will not be able to welcome fans back to Old Trafford before at least 16 December when all tiers will be reviewed by the Government.
Meanwhile, 10 Premier League grounds will be allowed to welcome fans back as they are in Tier 2.
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