Danny Murphy: This is when Sherwood will start focusing on FA Cup final

Former England midfielder Danny Murphy feels Aston Villa will be going full strength and full steam into their next game.

Former England midfielder Danny Murphy told talkSPORT he feels Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood won’t start looking at the FA Cup final against Arsenal until after this weekend.

Murphy suggested that Sherwood would prefer to be mathematically safe from relegation in the Premier League, which is achievable if his team can beat Southampton this weekend.

“They’re not safe for sure even though it looks highly likely that they’ve done it. I think he’ll go full strength again in their next game – He can rest some last game and that gives them two weeks of rest before the cup final,” said Murphy.

The most important thing for Villa is getting over the line and still being a club in the top flight of English football.

The occasion of an FA Cup final against the Gunners is something nice, which they can look forward to but ultimately their long term future and security rests on whether they can stay up.

It won’t be easy this weekend against the Saints because Ronald Koeman’s team are one that likes to control the football, build pressure and make it very difficult for the opposition to have a big say in any game.

However, as Leicester proved last weekend, they are a side vulnerable on the counter attack when a team shows the sort of discipline and authority in performance that Villa are capable of.

Sherwood may already have one or two ideas over how his team can get the better of the Gunners, which he can work on and develop after this weekend with the right result.

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