For­get United, it’s on to next big job!

FONTE TELLS SAINTS TO KEEP FO­CUS

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JOSE FONTE has urged his Southamp­ton team­mates to for­get about their Manch­ester United tri­umph – and fo­cus on do­ing a job on Ipswich.

The Saints travel to Port­man Road for tonight’s re­play, just three days after the 1-0 win at Old Traf­ford.

But skip­per Fonte is keen for Ron­ald Koe­man’s men to put that suc­cess to one side and con­cen­trate on reach­ing round four.

Fonte said: “We be­lieve in our­selves. We know we have a great team, great staff and great man­ager.

“We just need to keep work­ing. There’s a long way to go – we go game by game.

“We have a tough game against Ipswich and then against New­cas­tle. It’s a tough week.”

Southamp­ton are with­out de­fender Toby Alder­weireld, who picked up a ham­string in­jury be­fore Du­san Tadic’s win­ner against United.

Saido Mane (calf) is also on the side­lines, while striker Em­manuel Mayuka is on Africa Cup of Na­tions duty with Zam­bia and de­fender Maya Yoshida is at the Asian Cup with Ja­pan.

Ipswich man­ager Mick McCarthy faces a se­lec­tion prob­lem, with mid­field trio Cole Skuse, Teddy Bishop and Jay Tabb all ruled out through ill­ness.

McCarthy (left) groaned: “There’s a virus go­ing around the place that is lay­ing one or two of them low.

“I’m ac­tu­ally quite pleased, be­cause it knocked me low for about a week and I thought I was get­ting soft.

“It’s made me re­alise I’m not as soft as I thought I was when younger, fit­ter peo­ple have been af­fected.

“Of course, I’m not re­ally that happy that they are laid up be­cause they can’t play.

“It’s very un­likely that they’ll be in­volved, but I think the other 14 are okay.

“It’s the mid­field area that we’ve had the majority of our prob­lems, whether it be through in­jury or ill­ness.”

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