Date: 22nd September 2017 at 2:18pm
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Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has said the side can measure their strength against a top class Manchester United side this weekend.

With United flying under Jose Mourinho this term, Southampton have struggled for goals but Pellegrino believes this is the right type of fixture at this time of the year for us to benchmark ourselves against.

Speaking to saintsfc as he met with the media to preview the clash on Saturday, Pellegrino explained that he expected a tough test against the joint leaders of the Premier League at St Mary’s.

‘Playing against the top teams in the world allows you to draw some conclusions and to push your limit higher. Football has got something that is really beautiful – in team sports, you can beat even the best team in the world, and you can lose against the smallest team in the Premier League, or the second division, or the third division. You have to show on the pitch 100 per cent how you are, and I think we have to push the game in this situation that we think we will be better than them.’

The match is also an opportunity for Pellegrino to reunite with Mourinho as he was on Louis van Gaal’s staff at Barcelona when our gaffer was there as a player back in the 1998/99 campaign.

‘We were teammates in Barcelona. After, when he was at Chelsea, I was one week watching his training session when I was preparing my licence to be a coach. I know him, I knew him in the past, but now it’s a nice challenge, playing against Manchester United and Mourinho’s team. It’s a top team with top players – one of the biggest teams in the world and for me he will be there at the end of the season, fighting to win the Premier League.’

He added.

‘I repeat, they are a top team, but we want to improve, we want to push our limits, and this sort of a game is a nice opportunity for us. Hopefully the team can show our fans that we want to win the game, and that we want to give our best to try to feel really proud.’

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