KEVIN Danso is ready for his biggest test yet as he gears up to face Manchester United this afternoon.

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl signed the defender on deadline day, with the Austrian international helping Saints keep two clean sheets in a row.

And after observing him closely in training and the matches, Hasenhuttl thinks he is prepared for the challenge United will bring.

“I was thinking about giving him his first game against Liverpool and then I didn’t because I thought the first game at home against Liverpool, the Champions League winners,” revealed Saints’ boss.

“I didn’t think it made sense and I think it was the right decision.

“We have built him up by playing him against Brighton and Fulham. Two clean sheets are a good thing for him and for the team.

“Now the challenge that will come will be a little bit bigger I think. He is focused, open-minded and in good shape.”

Danso, who joined on a season-long loan from Augsburg, is yet to start a game at St Mary’s.

He was handed his Premier League debut against Brighton away from home where he was deployed as the left-back.

The former MK Dons youngster was then picked to play in his favoured centre-back position and looked comfortable against a youthful Fulham team.

After looking to bolster his defensive department throughout the summer, Hasenhuttl claims Danso was worth the wait.

He added: “He is very quick and also good at jumping for the headers. At this age, he is very experienced because he played a lot of games in Germany and I think this signing was a really good one for us.

“This young guy has a lot of potential and we will try to develop him because he is very open-minded and working hard.

“This is exactly the kind of player we are searching for in our philosophy.”

Should Saints win this afternoon, they’ll leapfrog Manchester United in the table.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side started their Premier League win against Chelsea but followed that up by drawing with Wolves and losing to Crystal Palace.

Despite United going through a transition under Solskjaer’s guidance, Hasenhuttl insists his team will do everything they can to cause an upset.

“Against the big teams, it’s always a good time to play them if you play good yourself.

“It’s about focusing on our game and the last two games showed a development. We were more organised in the defence which meant fewer chances for the opponent.

 “We have a big chance with the win to overtake Manchester United. It’s a good chance and we will do everything in the stadium to get a good result.”