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With the loss by Leicester City on Sunday night, Manchester City can go two points clear of the 2015/16 champions tonight as they host Southampton.

According to the official blog of the club, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted he will name an unchanged side for a fifth consecutive Premier League match, against Southampton at Old Trafford.

The Reds are unbeaten in 17 games across all competitions and, on Thursday night, became the first team in Premier League history to win four in a row by a margin of three or more goals – after racking up victories over Sheffield United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Bournemouth and Aston Villa.

During a press conference to preview Monday night’s outing at the Theatre of Dreams, Solskjaer was asked by one reporter about fielding the same starting XI and squad in recent matches. 

“There’s so many things you have to consider when you manage a team,”

said Ole.


“We’ve got players here champing at the bit, but also those that are in the rhythm. 

“There are loads of decisions to be made, but they make it easier by playing and performing well. If we don’t get too many injuries, there’s no reason to change too much when you’re doing well.”

Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are the only players who are presently unavailable for selection, due to injury, leaving Ole with a large group of sharp and hungry Reds to choose from.

It is an excellent position to be in as United pursue a place in the Premier League’s top four and qualification to next season’s UEFA Champions League. 

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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