Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl sends a warning to his side about Sheffield United ahead of crunch Premier League clash
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl has warned his side that they will have to fight to get a result when they visit Sheffield United this weekend.
The Blades face Hasenhüttl's men bottom of the Premier League table, but buoyed by the midweek win over Aston Villa - when United played over half an hour of their 1-0 win with 10 men, following Phil Jagielka's controversial dismissal.
The Saints haven't had a good time of it themselves recently, taking only one point from their last eight league games. A 3-0 victory in the reverse game on the south coast saw them go fourth in the formative table, and just two points off the top, but they travel north to Bramall Lane just seven points clear of third-bottom Fulham.
And Hasenhüttl won't be taking anything for granted against the Blades.
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"When you look at the game on Wednesday, against Villa, to win at home with one man down for 30 minutes I think shows you everything, how tough it will be there to win," he said.
"We know this, it's a Premier League game and it's every time difficult, and for us even more when we haven't won since a few games.
"This is the reason why we are very warned what we have to expect there, and the players they accept this and will fight for the win.
"It would be good when we have again not a lot of chances that we give them. In the last game I think they had a few chances from set-pieces, but in the game there were not massive chances against us.
"Still, pay attention of an aggressive opponent who is attacking early, and finding for ourselves the way through the lines to create chances, and create a few more than in the past."
Saints stars Kyle Walker-Peters, Ibrahima Diallo and Takumi Minamino returned to training this week, but Hasenhüttl is not yet sure if they will be fit to face Chris Wilder's men.
"We have a few players back," he said. "I don't know if everyone is available for the weekend, but it's good to have them back in training. That's important."