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29/01/2013 08:21, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Boss wary of Saints

Sir Alex Ferguson admits his knowledge of Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is limited, although the Reds boss is more than aware of the impact the Argentine is making.

The former Espanyol head coach made a promising start to life at St Mary’s after replacing Nigel Adkins earlier this month, earning a highly credible 0-0 draw with Everton in the Barclays Premier League despite taking charge of just a handful of training sessions with his new squad.

When asked if homework on Pochettino will be done ahead of Wednesday's match at Old Trafford, Sir Alex revealed he will utilise all of the resources at his disposal.

“Yeah, I’ll get some information,” the boss explained. “I don’t know a lot about him to be honest but I will have a chat with my brother [Martin] as he’s been scouting in Spain. It won’t matter in this particular game as he’s just at the club but they had a fantastic response against Everton.

“They should have won as they were superb and could have been five-up in the first half. Tim Howard had a fantastic game [in goal for Everton], they hit the woodwork and Rickie Lambert missed a couple of chances. They played really well against Everton who are at the top of their game and playing really well.

“So we’re not taking anything for granted. We’ve got Southampton on Wednesday, then we go to Fulham and then it’s Everton at home. These are big games, massive games.

"Teams will drop points [in the title race]. Not just us but Manchester City will drop points, absolutely, it’s a certainty. Chelsea and Arsenal will drop points. We’ll probably drop two or three ourselves but the important thing is accepting the challenge that every game is just as difficult as the rest.”

Having managed United for over 26 years, Sir Alex has become a mentor to many other bosses around the country and regularly receives calls for advice. He conversed with Pochettino's predecessor Nigel Adkins just prior to the sudden change of management at St Mary's.

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