Long believes in Saints' quality ahead of Man United test

By SFC Media time Fri 22 Jan Club

Shane Long believes Southampton have the quality to make it back-to-back wins against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Saints produced a memorable display this time last year to come away from Manchester with all three points thanks to a second-half strike from Dušan Tadić.

Ronald Koeman’s men return to Old Trafford this weekend looking to make it three league wins in a row after victories against Watford and West Bromwich Albion, and Long is in confident mood.

“It’ll be an interesting game. It’ll be tough, but I believe in the lads in the dressing room, I believe in the team and believe the manager will set us up to go out there and test them,” he told youtube.com/southamptonfc.

“I look forward to every game, especially Manchester United at Old Trafford. It’s a big game in the season, and being Irish as well, half of Ireland are United fans!

“People are going on about how they play, but they are a club that gets results. We want to go there and show what we can do.

“We have to be focused, not switch off and when we do get the ball punish them quickly, because we have the players to test them and make it count.”

Saints’ two home games against Louis van Gaal’s side under Koeman have seen the visitors, perhaps undeservedly, come away with three points and Long doesn’t want that to be the case again on Saturday.

“We don’t want to be the team thinking ’how did we not get the result?’,” he added.

“I think last year at Old Trafford it was a solid performance, we dug in well and kept them at bay.

“There have been other games where we’ve bossed teams and not got the result. We need to be solid, not give them too much time and hopefully get the rewards at the other end.”

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