Manchester United will be hosting Southampton on Saturday. The fixture will take place at 6:00 pm IST at Old Trafford. Both the teams will play the 24th match in the league. United is fighting for a position in the top four, while Southampton are fighting for a position in the top half of the table.
Manchester United are sixth on the Premier League table. They lost their chance to get three more points against Burnley and make their position strong. However, they will look forward to securing the three points to avoid losing points in the race for the top four. Nevertheless, they have to be careful of another failed result coming their way.
Manchester United Premier League Form: L D W W D
Southampton are currently 10th on the Premier League table. They are facing some good competition from Aston Villa and Leicester City for that position. However, Southampton’s main purpose will be to salvage the 9-0 loss at Old Trafford last season. The Saints will enter this match with a comeback win against Tottenham Hotspur.
Southampton Premier League Form: D W L D W
Manchester United vs Southampton: The Red Devils team news
Manchester United will be without Eric Bailly again as he is returning from AFCON with a swollen ankle. Moreover, Nemanja Matic has also suffered a shin injury. This has decreased the chances of him being included in the squad. Alex Telles may also make an appearance after his return from COVID.
However, Fred has not recovered from the coronavirus and still needs some time to step on the pitch. Cristiano Ronaldo might be re-introduced to his first team in the starting lineup. Moreover, Anthony Elanga might also start due to his hard work in other games.
Manchester United possible lineup
David De Gea; Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay; Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Elanga; Cristiano Ronaldo
Southampton vs Manchester United: The Saints team news
Lyanco is trying to make his way to the pitch before the season end after a hamstring injury. Alex McCarthy will also not be participating today also because of a hamstring injury. Moussa Djenepo has returned to the Southampton bench after his AFCON campaign.
Nathan Redmond is also out due to an ankle problem while Nathan Tella also seems unlikely to feature because of a groin injury. Hassenhuttl will try to take revenge against United at Old Trafford.
Southampton possible lineup
Fraser Forster; Kyle Walker-Peters, Jan Bednarek, Mohammed Salisu, Romain Perraud; Stuart Armstrong, James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Mohamed Elyounoussi; Che Adams, Armando Broja
Manchester United 2-1 Southampton
Southampton will try to do everything in their power to defeat United and take revenge for the 9-0 battering at Old Trafford. However, United’s recent draw against Burnley might have been a wake-up call for the club to not relax at all. Therefore, United who have a better squad looks like the favorites to win the fixture but just marginally.
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