Match Preview: Southampton v Manchester United

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The Red Devils are now in good mood after an outstanding 5-1 win over Leeds United in the first match of this season last week at Old Trafford. Now their destination is Southampton, which is going to be United’s first away match this season. 

The Saints were beaten 3-1 by Everton at Goodison Park in the season opener last weekend, despite taking the lead through new signing Adam Armstrong. Lack of discipline and poor organisation at the back saw Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side concede three second-half goals to Everton. 

St. Mary’s has been a tough ground for Manchester United. In their last five matches, they have won just two of them at their ground. Still, United go into the game with immense confidence after being victorious against them in both the matches last season. Their first match was played at St.Mary’s last season and it was a pretty tense encounter.

Manchester United was two goals behind by half-time after a solid header from Jan Bednarek and a jaw-dropping free-kick by James Ward-Prouse. But the second half changed everything. It was the introduction of Edinson Cavani that turned the game in United’s favor. 

Bruno Fernandes scored the first goal for United. The super striker, Edinson Cavani then scored two amazing goals and one of them came in the 90th minute, which ensured Manchester United complete an amazing 3-2 comeback.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD 

Manchester United: 67 wins 

Southampton: 28 wins

Draw: 34 matches

SOUTHAMPTON TEAM NEWS 

Ralph Hasenhuttl will be hoping to have no fresh injury problems ahead of the visit of Manchester United.

The Southampton boss named a strong side for the Everton clash on Saturday afternoon which included starts for debutants Tino Livramento, Romain Perraud and goal-scorer Adam Armstrong.

There was even a place in the side for James Ward-Prowse despite featuring in just one match during the club’s pre-season campaign.

Providing that there are no fresh knocks picked up in the coming days then the only absentee for the Saints against Manchester United will be Will Smallbone.

MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have some difficult decisions to make ahead of the trip to Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

United named a strong line-up for the clash with Leeds which included the likes of David de Gea, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes who came straight into the side following their Euro 2020 exploits.

However with Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic making appearances as second-half substitutes, the Norwegian boss could have a dilemma on his hands.

United will also be hoping to have Dean Henderson, Jesse Lingard (both illness) and Edinson Cavani back in contention, with the latter featuring in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Burnley on Tuesday.

Raphael Varane missed that game but may still have the chance to make his debut following his unveiling as a Manchester United player last weekend. 

SOUTHAMPTON LIKELY XI

McCarthy, Walker-Pieters, Stephens, Salisu, Livramento, Walcott, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond, Adams, Armstrong

MANCHESTER UNITED LIKELY XI

De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Pogba, Fernandes, Sancho, Greenwood

KICK OFF TIME: Sunday, 22nd August, 2021, 6.30 PM (IST) 

VENUE: St. Mary’s Stadium 

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