Manchester United Football Club kicked things off with a winning start away at AFC Bournemouth last weekend, now, their second game against opposition from the South Coast takes place at home. This time, Claude Puel’s Southampton are the visitors.
It’s certain to be an exciting game, that’s for sure. Jose Mourinho’s men will still be learning his tactics and style of play, but a convincing win here would send out a real message to the rest of the Premier League.
Date: Friday 19th August.
Kick-off time: 20:00 BST.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
Venue: Old Trafford.
Manchester United could hand a debut to a certain Paul Pogba. On top of that, there are no fresh injury concerns. Chris Smalling is free to play after serving his one-match suspension.
We know for certain that Ryan Bertrand has been ruled out of the game, Southampton may also have to cope without reported Manchester United target Jose Fonte.
Manchester United are favourites for the game coming in at 4/9, whereas Southampton fetch odds of 13/2 if you fancy an upset. The draw is 100/30.
Score Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Southampton
This game won’t be easy. Southampton looked great in their opening fixture too. Nathan Redmond will be a real handful, and I can see him getting himself a goal. However, I think our quality will shine through, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will take this game by the scruff of its neck.