This is not a drill. Win tonight and the Red Devils can move up to third in the table. This is our Man United vs Southampton match preview.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils are on a seventeen-game unbeaten run. They haven’t lost a Premier League fixture in 173 days. Tonight, we could begin to see that elite form pay off.
Stadium: Old Trafford.
Kick-off time: 20:00 (UK).
Referee: Chris Kavanagh.
TV Channel: Sky Sports Premier League or watch the game FREE on Pick.
Southampton is by no means an easy one. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are playing some lovely stuff at the moment, in what can be viewed as United’s toughest test since football returned post-lockdown.
The Baby Faced Assassin simply has to get his players in the right mindset for this one. Approach it too casually and it could be disastrous. Go int the game properly, though, and we should have enough quality to win.
Manchester United have been dynamite recently. They’ve won their last four league games by at least three goals, keeping three clean-sheets in the process. The only blip on the record was that 1-1 draw away at White Hart Lane during their first match since football resumed.
Southampton have played five matches and secured thee victories over that time – including an impressive 1-0 win at home to Manchester City. Last time out they drew 1-1 with Everton, while their only loss came at the hands of Arsenal. They’ll certainly be up for causing another upset here.
United will have the same squad available from last time out, after coming through that one unscathed. Phil Jones remains a long-term casualty after undergoing surgery on a persistent issue. Axel Tuanzebe is still sidelined.
For Southampton, they have a few concerns. Jannik Vestergaard is a doubt with a muscle injury while Sofiane Boufal and Yan Valery are both ruled out for this one.
Manchester United 3/10
Last Meeting: Southampton 1-1 Manchester United
Last August, a Daniel James stunner set United on their way before Vestergaard levelled the scoring around the hour mark. Kevin Danso would get sent off with 15 minutes left, but the Red Devils couldn’t capitalise.
Old Trafford Faithful’s prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Southampton
United should have enough quality to get the job done, though stopping the in-form Danny Ings from scoring could be an issue. A Marcus Rashford brace and Anthony Martial getting the other should be good enough for all three points.