Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino believes his current squad of players have what it takes to compete in the Premier League.

The newly-appointed manager has had a whirlwind few days since taking the reigns at St. Mary's, as the Argentine boss took charge of his first game against Everton, before jetting off to Barcelona for a warm-weather training camp with the first-team squad.

And with the January transfer window due to slam shut on Thursday evening, talk has now turned to which players, if any, the ex-Espanyol manager has lined up to join him at Southampton.

Reports have linked the Saints with Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia, whilst Inter Milan winger Philippe Coutinho has seemingly rejected Southampton in favour of a switch to Liverpool.

But having worked non-stop since his arrival, Pochettino insists he has had little time to think about potential signings.

"We haven't made any requests for any new players, but we're watching the market to see if there are any developments," he told Saints Player.

"Overall we're very happy with the squad and we have players here capable of competing at this level in the Premier League. 

"We've very happy, and if we make a signing it won't be for the sake of a signing it will be to improve what we have already. We don't think that we need new players unless we think they will improve us."

The 40-year-old boss takes the Saints to Old Trafford on Wednesday, with Southampton looking to cause an upset by beating the league leaders, Manchester United.

And Pochettino is full of confidence ahead of the game, despite United being clear favourites to win the contest.

"Going to Old Trafford represents an extra motivation for us and for the players," Pochettino told Saints Player

"Any player enjoys playing in these mythical stadiums around the world, so it's also an opportunity for us to develop our game and the way that we play. We're very excited and keen to develop our game by playing there."

Southampton have been in good form of late, having lost just two of their last 13 league games, and Pochettino insists his side will go to Old Trafford looking to continue that run.

"Our mentality always has to be to win," he explained. "We want to win and we want the squad to feel that mentality of winning. 

"We definitely respect Manchester United and what they're doing in the league right now, they're an amazing team, but we're going with a mentality to win and we'll see how the game proceeds."

Club captain Adam Lallana has been sidelined for the last six weeks due to injury, but Pochettino has hinted that the former England U21 international is edging closer to a first-team return, whilst Guly has joined Jose Fonte on the treatment table, with both players suffering from knee injuries.

Pochettino stated: "Adam Lallana is doing well. He's definitely recovering well, but he needs rhythm to get back into competition. 

"José Fonte is a no for Wednesday and he'll need some more time to recover. We also have an injury to Guly who has had a knock to his knee. He will also need some weeks to recover and we're not sure when he'll be back."

 

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