Manchester United is set to host Southampton tomorrow in Premier League. Manchester United is at the second spot with 41 points from 21 games. Their rivals, Manchester City, has taken a healthy 3 point lead at the summit of the table. The Sky Blues still have a game more to play as compared to other top four teams. On the other hand, Southampton has dropped to 11th spot, accumulating 29 points from 20 games.
Manchester United will enter this game following a 0-0 stalemate with Arsenal at weekend. It was an important game to win for the Red Devils as they were coming at the back of 2-1 humiliating defeat against Sheffield United.
Southampton’s performance has seen a significant dip since their historic 1-0 win against Liverpool. They have lost their last three Premier League games. In those three games, they have conceded six goals and scored only once. Their latest defeat came against high-flying Aston Villa.
If Ralph Hasenhuttl wants his team to claim the dream European spot, Southampton has to get back to winning ways. And, what can be better than a win at Old Trafford?
When and Where?
Manchester United will host Southampton at Old Trafford in the Premier League fixture on 3rd February (01:45 AM IST).
Team News and Expected Line-up
Eric Bailly was back on the bench against Arsenal. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might opt to start the Ivorian international in place of Victor Lindelof against Southampton. The latter has been suffering from a back injury all season. Scott McTominay could be given a rest as well after he was forced to come off with stomach cramp against Arsenal. Phil Jones remains sidelined due to an injury.
Expected Line-up: David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes; Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani
Ralph Hasenhuttl was forced to take off Ibrahima Diallo, Oriol Romeu and forward Theo Walcott due to injuries on weekend. Thus, all three of them remain a doubt, though, could feature in the game. Jannik Vestergaard, Mohamed Salisu, Will Smallbone and Michael Obafemi are also set to miss the clash because of their respective injuries.
Expected Line-up: Alex McCarthy; Yan Valery, Jan Bednarek, Jack Stephens, Ryan Bertrand; Theo Walcott, Oriol Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong; Che Adams, Danny Ings
Head to Head stats: Manchester United vs Southampton
Manchester United made a stunning comeback against The Saints when the two teams met earlier in the season. After going two goals down in the first 45 minutes, Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score a brace. His injury-time goal aided Man United to earn all three points. Southampton has failed to defeat the Red Devils in the past nine meetings. Manchester United has won five and drew four of them.
Marcus Rashford – Manchester United
Marcus Rashford was racially abused after the draw against Arsenal. The youngster knows how to answer his critics and the people who discriminate. We back him to get back on the scoresheet against struggling Southampton.
Danny Ings – Southampton
Former Liverpool striker will be furious after his injury-time goal against Aston Villa was declared offside by VAR. Lately, he has failed to find the back of the net. In 15 Premier League games, Ings has netted seven goals and provided three assists. With a shake United backline, Ings will surely fancy his chances.
The 12TH Man Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Southampton
Manchester United will find it tough to maintain a clean sheet against The Saints. Though, with the firepower they have, Solskjaer will be hoping for all three points. If the Red Devils want to continue their charge to Premier League triumph, they cannot afford to lose any more points. Who do you support to win? Man United or Southampton?