Ings and Lemina remain sidelined

By SFC Media Fri 01 Mar Man Utd v Saints
Photo by James Bridle | Ralph Hasenhüttl

Danny Ings and Mario Lemina remain sidelined for Southampton’s trip to Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday.

The pair have not yet returned to training following injury, with Ings last featuring in the draw at Burnley four weeks ago and Lemina yet to play in 2019.

Long-term absentee Michael Obafemi is the only other player missing for Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl, who must decide whether to freshen things up for his side’s third game in seven days, or stick with the winning formula that proved too strong for Fulham on Wednesday night.

“I know about the Old Trafford syndrome – everybody wants to be fit to go to Old Trafford, but these two guys are still not able to train with the squad,” Hasenhüttl said, referring to Ings and Lemina.

“The rest have passed the last game healthy, so we have no more injuries.

“It’s for me to decide to bring fresh players in or keep the team that was successful on Wednesday.”

Maya Yoshida helped Saints keep a clean sheet on his return to the team against Fulham

Hasenhüttl explained why he waited to bring Maya Yoshida back into the team, handing the defender a recall in midweek for the first time since his return from the Asian Cup.

“Maybe one or two games earlier it could be possible, but you can’t forget that in the time he was not here we made a fantastic run with wins against Everton and Leicester,” he said.

“There was not really a reason to change. I am not a manager who kills a player after one mistake, because we have a young team and we know that when you play with young players, sometimes they make more mistakes than experienced players.

“I think Maya knows that. I spoke with him and he was very open-minded. He knew that was the risk – if he was going and the team did well, he would not have the chance to come back immediately to the starting XI.

“With his quality and experience in the last game, he was an important player for us.”

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