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U23s Highlights: Cardiff 0-1 Saints

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#SaintsFC's Sofiane Boufal has been nominated for October's #PL Goal of the Month award! 🙌

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Transfer rumours and paper review - Friday, November 3: Bertrand to Man City, Shaw to Southampton?

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is open to letting Luke Shaw leave on loan in January. The England full-back has fallen out with the United boss, and is not in his first-team plans for the rest of the season. (The Sun)

Luke Shaw is eyeing a shock return to Southampton in January if he is allowed to leave Manchester United. Saints are considering selling their England left-back Ryan Bertrand to Manchester City when the window opens. And a move to take fellow international Shaw, 22, back to St Mary’s is now a growing possibility. (Daily Mirror)

Charly Musonda has told Chelsea he wants to quit the club in January. His decision will create a major issue for boss Antonio Conte , who insists he is desperately short of numbers in his first-team squad at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mirror)

Emre Can has edged closer to the Anfield exit door, as talks over a new contract hit a roadblock. The Germany international has just seven months left on his contract, and he can sign a pre-contract with rival European clubs in January. (Daily Mirror)

Wolfsburg are looking into the possibility of signing on-loan Divock Origi from Liverpool on a permanent deal. Origi, 22, joined Wolfsburg on a season-long loan from Liverpool in the summer and has so far impressed for the Bundesliga side, scoring three goals in his last six league matches. (ESPN)

Arsenal will face competition from Newcastle for midfield target Miguel Almiron. The Paraguay international has attracted a growing band of admirers after impressing for MLS side Atlanta United, scoring nine times in 30 games. (Daily Mirror)

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Harry Redknapp won't rule out a return to management if Sunderland come calling, admitting he is already getting bored at home with wife Sandra!

Manchester City record-breaker Sergio Aguero has been ‘consistently incredible’ since arriving in England, says Stuart Pearce

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes Jack Wilshere should concentrate on getting into the Gunners first-team rather than dwell on being left out of the England squad

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce feels his side are beginning to meet the standards that are expected of the Midlands club

Besiktas president Fikret Orman insists he will not let Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham target Cenk Tosun leave on the cheap in January

Liverpool have joined the race for Manchester United and Manchester City target Caglar Soyuncu

Liverpool have made an official approach for Leon Goretzka - but he has his heart set on a move to Barcelona, according to reports in Spain

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Saints ready for Burnley test

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Saints are ready for another tough battle against a counter attacking team when Burnley come to St Mary’s tomorrow.

Mauricio Pellegrino knows what to expect from Sean Dyche’s side, with another defensive away display more than likely.

Breaking down sides like that has proved difficult for Saints at St Mary’s so far this season, and Pellegrino admits it won’t be easy for his team.

He said: “I expect a really good side because they are in good momentum now, they are playing well in this way, in his way.

“It will be really tough because they are defending well and making counter attacks and dangerous action.

“Also they are comfortable when the opponent has the ball and they are never disorganised and have a good rhythm in general.

“I feel my players are ready to do a good game, and I think if we have a good day with the ball they will be in trouble too, and for us and for them it will be a difficult game.”

Dyche has been linked with a move to Everton to fill the vacancy left by the sacking of former Saints boss Ronald Koeman, and Pellegrino certainly admires the job he has done at Turf Moor.

“I don’t know him personally but I know how he has been working in the last few seasons and how they were growing,” he reflected.

“His job is outstanding thinking about a team that are really humble and working and playing with an identity is something that is really difficult to build.

“It is part of the process and transition when you keep the same ideas in the long term always you get results.”

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Saints set for vital match

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Saints know they must make the most of tomorrow’s crunch St Mary’s clash with Burnley to give themselves some breathing space ahead of a nightmare run of fixtures.

Though the team are comfortably midtable with 13 points from their first 10 matches, with the majority of games having been at home and only one top six side faced there is no room to rest easy.

After the upcoming international break Saints enter a run of fixtures that sees them take on all of the Premier League’s top six before the turn of the year, with five of those matches away from home.

Saints know that if they can beat Burnley then they have the chance to approach those games in a more relaxed manner, playing as the underdogs against the division’s big guns, and that might just help them pull off a few shocks.

But should they fail to defeat Burnley and suddenly feel they have to get points against the top dogs to stop a potential slide down a very closely fought table, it could be much harder.

When asked if this was a pressure match, Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino said: “This game is really important for us because we need to keep going and get points. We have in the last three games and it’s another opportunity to keep going and convert this performance into points.

“In the future we will play against the biggest teams in the Premier League but we don’t know.

“I am really happy about that because for me as a manager to play against the biggest teams is something to enjoy.

“I would like to see from my players something like against Man U when we play really well and you don’t know in football. It is an opportunity to show how we are and we have to show every single week.”

Given the way the fixture list is this season, Saints always knew they would ideally like a fast start to set themselves up for a good year.

It has been a bit more up and down than Pellegrino would have liked, but he insists their fate remains very much in their own hands, no matter how hard the upcoming run appears.

“I think we deserve to have more points, minimum two or three points, but the reality is we have 13 points and we have to keep going,” he insisted.

“Nothing changes if we have two or three points more or two or three points less. We have to try and improve and win games.

“The stats and the figures are important at the end of the season, but obviously to be honest I would like to have more points.”

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Southampton legend picks his ultimate Saints team

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SAINTS have been asking supporters through a survey who would make the grade in an Ultimate Saints XI – and here legend Francis Benali picks his.

The results of the survey will be revealed when the SeaCity Museum in Southampton opens a major exhibition about the club on 29th March 2018.

Here, the Daily Echo, has asked Saints legend Benali who makes his Ultimate Saints XI ahead of the survey's deadline 8pm on Sunday.

“The whole selection process was a tough one,” said Benali. “The names in it and the players who weren’t in the selection list, you could have almost picked three full teams and still had headaches, so picking 11 players was tough.”

With the help of historians, Saints have selected a shortlist of players to pick from to make up each team.

The club state: "To qualify, players need to have represented the club after 1945 and have made 150 or more appearances, unless they are deemed to have made a particularly special contribution or significant impact during their time with Saints. Current players are not included in the vote."

Here is Benali's team and his explanation to why he's made his selection decisions.

I learned something from all the managers I played for and I tried to take something from them. There were a number of managers I could have picked but Lawrie, for me, was the right pick. The fact that he signed me as a school boy at 14 when he was manager of the first team and the fact he’s the only manager who has brought a major piece of silverware to the club in all these years, means I’ve got to choose him.

Tim gets the nod because I played with him and I know what it was like to play in front of him, how good his communication skills were and what a good goalkeeper he was technically. He was a great all-round goalkeeper that you’d be willing and happy to have in any team. That’s why Tim got the nod and he was a great character in the dressing room as well. On and off the pitch he was a great personality.

He was just so reliable and steady. By his own admission he wasn’t the quickest of players but he could read the game so well. He had that passion and commitment again and he was a character on and off the pitch. He was someone who was so reliable and never let you down. He was captain for many years, so in a way he was an obvious choice for my 11.

I played against Mark Wright when I was a youngster as an apprentice at the club. He was in the first team at the time and I just remember playing as a striker, as I was back then, in training games and practice matches and finding it so hard to get past him and beat him in the air. He had an incredible career, he was a wonderful player and he was an England international as well. He was just one of those players who looked comfortable in possession. He wasn’t just a big battering ram. He was a competitive player.

Nicknamed ‘Silky’, which said it all really. He was so composed and comfortable on the ball. He carried the ball out of defence and created an attack with ease. Considering he was from Scandinavia, he fitted in and was just one of the guys. He fitted in with the dressing room culture, the humour and he was a brave defender as well. For that reason he gets the nod alongside Mark Wright at centre-back.

I’d like nothing more to play in this team but I don’t think it’s for me to choose myself in this line up. I’d obviously love to play in the team but Bridgey was someone who came through when I was at the club. I played on the same side as him on the left with him ahead of me and it was nice to hand the reigns of my place in the team over to another local boy and someone who had come through the club. I managed to fight off a few over the years who I was competing with but to eventually hand that over to the Bridgey was good with me as I knew he was such a great player, and someone who would be a world class international player. He was the first breed of the modern full back. He could attack and defend and for that reason he gets in my team.

I remember watching Alan stood on the terraces as a young boy when I used to watch Saints at The Dell. I just remember how simple he kept the game as a football player – it was one or two touch football. He had that passion and desire and love for the game that I saw close up when he joined the club as a manager and I played under him in the side. That enthusiasm just rubbed off on everybody and ultimately when you’ve got a World Cup winner walking through the door he commands that instant respect. He was an obvious choice for the line up.

A senior figure in my time when I was coming through as a youngster, he was the senior pro in the team, the enforcer of the team. Nobody took liberties with Jimmy. He wasn’t just a fierce competitor, he was also a wonderful footballer and could pass the ball around from anywhere. He was that good old head in the team that we needed as youngsters coming in as well as being a bit of a minder for us as well.

Again someone I watched as a youngster from the stands. The goal celebration was always memorable and I think someone who plays that amount of games for the club, and the amount of goals he scored, he just couldn’t be left out the side. He had to be in the 11.

He’d always make my team. He’d be any greatest team. Anything, five-a-side or 11-a-side. He was an absolute genius and the goals he scored, set pieces he could score from and just the ability to create something out of nothing was amazing. You’ve got to have him in the team.

Rod came through the youth system with me. Blistering pace, lightening fast but would also do his bit defensively as well. I played behind Rod during the time he had at the club, so I saw first-hand what a benefit he could be going forward and defensively. He could score goals as well so he is the man for the left side of the three.

It was another tough choice on who to pick but look at what Rickie did for the club. His goals were so valuable and off the pitch he was a wonderful person. His journey through football was incredible and then to play in the Premier League in his 30s and become a full international and score on your debut ... it’s almost like Roy of the Rovers stuff. He’s a lovely guy and a fantastic footballer. Again, set pieces, free kicks and penalties he’s pretty lethal from, so it would have been an interesting conversation for Matt and Rickie to decide who were on penalties.

If you haven't already, you can pick your Ultimate Saints XI by clicking HERE.

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#SaintsFC's @OficialCedric is here to introduce this years Christmas card competition! 🎅🎄

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