Puel: It's not about revenge

By SFC Media Tue 16 May Saints vs Man Utd
Photo by Matt Watson | Claude Puel

Claude Puel says revenge is not on his mind as Southampton prepare to face Manchester United for the first time since the EFL Cup final.

Saints were beaten in cruel fashion by José Mourinho's side at Wembley earlier in the season, as Zlatan Ibrahimović's late header gave United a 3-2 win.

While tomorrow night's Premier League fixture at St Mary's might bring memories of that day in February back to the fore, Puel insisted it is not on his mind.

"It's not a case of revenge, because it's been a long time now and it's important to stay focused just about this game," he said.

"Manchester play every three days, and for us it's the same thing in these last games. It's important to stay with a good way, with a good opportunity to enjoy our football and to make happy our fans. This is the most important thing.

"It's not about revenge. It was another game, it's not the Premier League, and this is finished."

While United have the Europa League final to think about next week, Puel does not expect Mourinho to field a weakened team.

"They can make some rotation and many changes every game," he said. "For example, against us, I think we will see on the pitch the likes of Pogba, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Rashford and all these great players, because they recover the last game and, with their squad, they can put on the pitch fantastic players.

"We're going to play against a strong team, this is for sure."

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